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Liberal Democrats championing York Disability Pride

November 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Cllr Mason with York Disability Pride Leaflet ()York Disability Pride begins Friday 1st December, celebrating International Day of the Disabled and Disability History Month. Over the next three days, people in York will come together in comedy, theatre, dance, music, and art to celebrate Disability Pride 2017.

Cllr Ashley Mason, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe, is helping kick-off festivities tomorrow evening by speaking at the Disability Pride Cabaret, Temple Hall, at 6.30pm.

Cllr Mason, who has a visual impairment, Opticatrophy, has been partially sighted since birth. Stephen Lee Hodgkins said "This event will showcase the talents and leadership skills of disabled people. I am really pleased to have Cllr Ashley Mason speaking and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the event at York St John University or the other events going on that weekend to celebrate disability pride in York."

Cllr Ashley Mason said:

"I am honoured to be speaking at an event that highlights the positive contribution that disabled people make to York, whether it is in the arts, professional services, civic life or third sector."

York Disability Pride is being held in partnership with York Independent Living Network, York Human Rights City and Explore York, following a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Tonight's event will showcase nationally acclaimed disabled comedians, including: Laurence Clark, York People First's Christmas Carol and other local performance groups. The event is free for anyone to attend.

York Disability Pride will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December, with the following events:

  • 1st December, 6.30pm to 9.00pm - Disability Pride Cabaret, York St John, Temple Hall. Compered by comedian and activist Laurence Clark the evening presents a showcase of York's disabled people's artistic talent.
  • 2nd December, 11.00pm to 4.00pm - What is Disability? York Explore Central Library. Beginning with a live video link to Urbino, Italy and the sharing of some short disability films with the Eleanor Worthington Prize, then followed by an afternoon of poetry, debate, doodles, zine making and more. With spoken word by Say Owt, including Jackie Hagan of 'Some People Have too many legs' and others.
  • Sunday 3rd December, 12.00pm to 3.00pm - Pop up Disability Cinema. York Explore Central Library. One disability feature film that is Tod Browning's, 1932 'Freaks' some film shorts, popcorn, all about disability and then a bit of a debate about what it all means.

All events are free and will include BSL interpreting. More information can be found at www.yiln.org.uk/disability-pride-2017