About LGBT History Month


This year we looked at Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The Sexual Offences Act, passed on July the 27th, 1967, was the first stepping stone across the Rubicon and, although it only related to men it had an impact on everyone in the LGBT community, nationally and internationally. Here in England and Wales the state accepted same sex relationships between men for the first time in over 450 years. Paradoxically, since it was a relatively safe space for gay men during much of the 20th century,  the Merchant Navy still criminalised same-sex relationships at the beginning of 2017. The laws were repealed on April 24th.

There was an academic festival in Liverpool in March, as we couldn’t fit it in to our swollen calendar for February, where popular OUTing the Past festivals were held in York, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Coventry, Shrewsbury, Bournemouth, Exeter and 5 locations in London to approving hordes. Newcastle held its own and plans to go all year-round. We too have plans for the future so watch this space.

And at the end of the month Moonlight won the Oscar for best film and the government announced that statutory, inclusive sex and relationships education will be taught in all schools in England and Wales.

The BBC marked the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 with a number of broadcasts on radio and TV. Among the highlights were a feature length drama-doc based on Peter Wildeblood’s Against the Law and a two part adaptation of Patrick Gale’s man in the Orange Shirt.

Nordic Rainbow Month took place in October. To help celebrate it our Chair Sue Sanders went to Sweden and CEO Tony Fenwick went to Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania. We made good friends and hope to make alliances with our friends and Scandinavia, the Balkans and Central Europe. October was also LGBT History Month in the USA and they are already looking for nominations for next year’s LGBT icons.

We look forward to next year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, especially now that our friends in Australia will be able to enjoy same sex weddings.

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all-day Making Out 67 17 @ Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton
Making Out 67 17 @ Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton
Nov 3 – Jan 6 all-day
Making Out 67 17 @ Solent Showcase Gallery, Southampton | England | United Kingdom
World’s First LGBTQ+ Design Exhibition including: loans from the V&A Museum, & work by: Alexander McQueen, Holly Johnson, Eileen Gray, Keith Haring, Jop van Bennekom, Maggi Hambling, Philip Johnson, Robert Indiana, Blackpop, Chip Kidd, Derek Jarman, Fantastic Man, Emmanuel Cooper, Angus Suttie, Kyle Bean, Matt Smith, Marianne Straub
7:30 pm The Soul of Wittgenstein @ Omnibus Theatre
The Soul of Wittgenstein @ Omnibus Theatre
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Soul of Wittgenstein @ Omnibus Theatre | England | United Kingdom
For ages 12+ If a dying man questioned what you were doing with your life, how would you answer? And would it be something that you were willing to admit? 1941.Guy’s Hospital, London. A battered copy of War and Peace, an illiterate Cockney dying of cancer, and a philosopher handing out pills. Is this all that defines them, or could ...
all-day Penguins @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Penguins @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Feb 1 – Feb 10 all-day
Penguins @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre | England | United Kingdom
Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real! Penguins is a unique and engaging ...
all-day Transitional States: Hormones at... @ Project Space Plus
Transitional States: Hormones at... @ Project Space Plus
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science @ Project Space Plus
What effect do hormone uses have on emotions, sensations, sexual expression and desire? This video art exhibition presents the work of 15 artists and collectives who explore the immense role hormones have on our everyday life. The works raise crucial questions about how society influences and regulates gender identity, and capture broader explorations of sexuality and gender fluidity. The featured ...
7:30 pm Question 13: What is The Substan... @ Omnibus Theatre
Question 13: What is The Substan... @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm
Question 13: What is The Substance of Bisexuality? @ Omnibus Theatre
For ages 16 + In this solo conversation-musical, which is totally a thing, bisexual theatre maker Jenifer Toksvig asks all the really big and important questions… …Is bisexuality invisible, does it get erased, or is it just pretend? Yes, but what actually is a conversation-musical? A conversical? Would you like a chocolate? Jenifer takes us through 12 genuine questions in ...
all-day Other Stories – Derbyshire LGBT+... @ Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery
Other Stories – Derbyshire LGBT+... @ Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery
Feb 3 – Apr 1 all-day
Other Stories - Derbyshire LGBT+ exhibition at Chesterfield Museum @ Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom
Part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Other Stories project, Derbyshire LGBT+ are putting on an exhibition of LGBT+ history in partnership with Chesterfield Museum. Come and discover stories of sexuality and gender identity from Derbyshire’s past. We’ve uncovered some incredible stories from past centuries as well as from recent decades and we’re delighted to be putting these on display. ...
10:00 am Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows @ Omnibus Theatre
Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 @ 6:00 am
Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows @ Omnibus Theatre | England | United Kingdom
Fifty LGBTQ+ creative practitioners. Two days to write and rehearse. And tons of tiny LGBTQ+ shows spontaneously devised by collaborators who may have only just met.Spend the weekend bearing witness to the incredible creating and crafting or simply join us for the performance on Sunday. “Exhausting, frenzied, funny, touching, human, daring, experimenting, ukulele-ing, sweating. laughing, encouraging, love, respect, celebration, and ...
7:30 pm Drag Me To Love @ Omnibus Theatre
Drag Me To Love @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm
Drag Me To Love @ Omnibus Theatre | England | United Kingdom
For ages 14+ So, imagine this. You are 14 years old and you are a drag queen. It’s golden stilettos, ripped fishnets, shoulder pads, and neon bobs. It’s Doncaster, 2009. A Bonnie and the Bonnenets production This autobiographical show combines drag performance with theatrical storytelling. Set against a backdrop of pop anthems and glitter, we follow Cameron as he throws ...
4:30 pm LGBT+ Heritage Projects – Herita... @ Classic Boat Museum Gallery
LGBT+ Heritage Projects – Herita... @ Classic Boat Museum Gallery
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Would you like to deliver a project that celebrates LGBT+ history? Are you wondering how to build a strong project or where to find funding? The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is committed to helping support projects that investigate the richness and diversity of LGBT+ history and experience. HLF has partnered with the Classic Boat Museum and the South East Museum ...
9:00 pm BRUCE @ Omnibus Theatre
BRUCE @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 9 @ 9:00 pm
BRUCE @ Omnibus Theatre | England | United Kingdom
For Ages 12+ Written and performed by Georgia Bruce, Bruceincorporates drag and musical comedy. The show takes the traditional character comedy formula, queers it up, shakes it up and adds a healthy dose of Dolly Parton for good measure. A step en route to Georgia’s solo Fringe debut in 2018. This event is part of 96 Festival A celebration of ...
9:00 pm I Guess Ideally I’d Be Me @ Omnibus Theatre
I Guess Ideally I’d Be Me @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 10 @ 9:00 pm
I Guess Ideally I’d Be Me @ Omnibus Theatre | England | United Kingdom
For ages 12+ Being you sounds nice, but we don’t know who you are. Or who we are for that matter. Maybe we are what we (who we) want? Poet and Playwright Hal Coase and actor and theatre maker Mary Higgins present an exciting night of poetry readings and monologues about desire, doubt, and what they might have to say ...
7:00 pm The Handmaiden @ The Place Theatre, Bedford
The Handmaiden @ The Place Theatre, Bedford
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Handmaiden @ The Place Theatre, Bedford | England | United Kingdom
From visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Stoker) comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired by Hideko (Kim Min-hee), a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye ...

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