LGBT+ History Month is an important time to reflect on the past and celebrate the pride, diversity, and resilience of the community. With campaigns striving to end new transmissions of HIV by 2030 gaining ground around the world, this is an opportune time to reflect on the history of HIV and AIDS. We can highlight the many ways the LGBT+ community has challenged deeply entrenched prejudice against them, and HIV+ people.
In this talk, Nathaniel Hall will take us on a journey through his own history of HIV within the framework of the broader history of HIV and AIDS. Nathaniel will detail how his creative expression informs his activism both on and off the stage, including his award-winning play, First Time, the Channel 4 sensation, It’s a Sin. He will also stress the continued need for HIV activism to break deeply ingrained stigmas and stay positive in a negative world.
Nathaniel Hall is a freelance theatre-maker, writer, performer, producer and HIV activist from Manchester. He was born and raised there and is a reet northerner through and through. He studied Theatre and Performance at The University of Leeds (Bretton Hall) graduating with First Class Honours in 2008.
Nathaniel develops, writes, enables, produces and creates theatre and stories with (and for) people who are unheard or marginalised. He’s an expert by experience in the art of telling autobiographical stories of health and wellbeing.
This year, his first ever solo show, First Time, which won the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s Venue’s North Award in 2019 will be touring to audiences across the UK. He recently appeared in It's A Sin - Russell T Davies' TV drama about HIV/AIDS in the 1980s on Channel 4. Nathaniel is Co-Artistic Director of Dibby Theatre and Dad to two dogs.
LGBT+ History Month at Leeds Beckett
Throughout February we celebrate the history of LGBT+ activism and the often hidden or under discussed contributions made by members of the LGBT+ community. Any community’s history does not simply live in a month, but such observances give us an opportunity of sharing its significance and importance. It is important for us all to be mindful of the contribution made our wonderfully diverse family.