Equality activities and events
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022
The charity Friends, Families and Travellers have produced an incredible information pack for 2022, answering the question 'What makes a home?'. Filled with the real-life stories of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, you can find out more about their lives – why some choose to live in bricks and mortar, what happens when travellers move in, and the rich culture behind them.
We've added resources below so you can listen, watch, and read to learn more about the history month and why it's needed. Friends, Families and Travellers have also provided posters, a schools competition, selfie cards and more.
Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James – Sammy Jo has a secret, and it's how she’s paying for her sister's wedding. Things don’t go to plan when she ends up in a fight to save rich-boy Gregory, though, and she’s going have to fight even harder.
The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas – Born to a long line of Gypsies and Travellers, the author decides to better understand his heritage by discovering the stopping places, the old sites known only to Travellers. He lives on the road during his journey, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their maligned descendants of today.
No Place to Call Home by Katharine Quarmby – If all you know about Travellers is hearing that they should be evicted, this book will teach you much more. Award-winning journalist Katharine Quarmby follows four Traveller families fighting a legal battle for justice.
Stone Cradle by Louise Doughty – Based on the author’s own Romany heritage, this story follows a Traveller family in twentieth-century England as the world struggles to keep space for them.
On the Road – This series interviews different voices in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. Presented by Jonny, an Irish Traveller, and his co-host Nancy, the podcast asks the big questions – for example, is prejudice against GRT people the last acceptable form of racism?
Romanistan – Celebrating Romani identity, honouring their roots and traditions, this podcast by Jessica Reidy and Paulina Verminski is 'for the rebels'.
The Romani Tea Room  – Join Sophie Datishvili as she explores issues of Romani history, identity, activism and culture.
TV and film
Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen and Proud – At 18, feeling rejected after coming out, George Ward left the Gypsy community and became Cherry Valentine, drag queen supreme. Now he wants to find out if he can be accepted as a queer Gypsy.
60 Days with the Gypsies – Ed Stafford spends two months with Gypsy and Traveller communities, going beyond the stereotypes and seeing what life is really like for them in the modern UK.
Pavee Lackeen – This film follows a young girl and her dignified family, part of Ireland’s Traveller communities.
Pride - June 2022
Pride is a global event celebrated every June by LGBTQ+ people and allies. It marks how far LGBTQ+ rights have come and how far they have left to go.
Pride is generally marked with parades, educational events, and the wearing of pride flag colours. South Cambs Hall is currently flying the progress pride flag!
Cambridge Pride is this year on 9 July.
Disability History Month - November to December 2021
Our Disability History Month webinars were facilitated by the Papworth Trust. Please see our Disability History Month playlist on YouTube for all sessions, including what it means to be a Disability Confident employer, etiquette when interacting with disabled people, the history of the Papworth Trust and information about what support is available around the district for disabled people.
Black History Month - October 2021
The Council marked Black History Month in 2021 in partnership with Cambridge City Council, with the support of a range of individuals and community groups, to help colleagues and residents learn more about Black history and culture. Find videos of the events we ran on our YouTube channel.
You can also find content on Capturing Cambridge.
LGBTQ+ History Month takes place during February, and in 2021 we hosted a number of live events and shared some recommended reading and watching.
Thank you to Encompass for partnering with us and helping us to welcome voices from within the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that, as with any external speakers, there may be some opinions expressed that are not necessarily held by the Council.
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