The Isle of Man’s long and diverse queer history is set to be celebrated in a new display at the Manx Museum showcasing the voices of the Isle of Man’s LGBTIQ+ community.

Co-curated by Manx National Heritage and Kensington Arts (Department of Education, Sport and Culture), the ‘Cabinet of Queeriosity’ will present the rich, diverse and unique history of the Isle of Man’s queer community and demonstrate how it is reflected in the places, objects, landscapes and culture that surround us.

Items selected for display will feature alongside stand out objects from the Manx National Heritage Collections, including Alan Shea’s Tynwald protest outfit from 1991 and Vida la Fierce’s drag celebration ‘winged dress’ worn at the first Isle of Pride festival in 2021. 

Peter Shimmin, Creative Development Co-ordinator at Kensington Arts Centre, adds: ‘The journey for LGBTIQ+ equal rights and visibility has been long fought and is not over yet. We are proud to work with Manx National Heritage on this display which aims to shine a light on the stories of our queer community and carves a path for future generations to see that their experiences are valued and appreciated.’

If you have an object – be it a photograph, poem, keepsake etc. you wish to be considered for loan for the duration of the exhibition, please email collect@mnh.im. The exhibition will open at the Manx Museum in Douglas on June 25 2022.

Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion Isle of Man is calling own the gov to accelerate the development of renewable energy for the island, and phase out fossil fuels more quickly.  The group says the ‘recently-watered down interim target for reduction in carbon emissions, of 45% reduction by 2035, is grossly inadequate’ and said that Tynwald ‘must commit to achieving a 50% reduction by 2030’ as a minimum.

Spokesperson Julie Hotchkiss said: ‘We’ve got the twin pressures of massively rising gas prices and the need to cut down on fossil fuel use pushing in the same direction. It’s time for the island to be more sustainable and develop our own renewable energy sources.’

A public talk is being held on Monday April 11 at 7.30pm in the Manx Legion and all are invited to come along and hear the latest update on the situation and what can be done about it.

Nathan’s Gearing Up

TT newcomer Nathan Harrisson has shared a pic of him visiting Peel Clothworkers’ School ahead of his debut in the world’s best road races.

Harrison, from Onchan, is the last man to win a race on the world famous course, having won an MGP double back in 2019.

He said: ‘It was great to be asked to go to Peel Clothworkers School last week and talk all things Isle of Man TT Races! Doesn’t feel like 5 minutes ago that I remember Guy Martin & Gary Johnson Racing coming to Onchan Primary School (my primary school) doing the same thing.

‘Crazy to think it’s my turn in less than 7 weeks and racing with people I’ve grown up watching. Just shows dreams do come true with good people around you and dedicating everything to it, even with a few hurdles along the way!’