About LGBT History Month

Last 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. This year we will be commemorating two rather more sombre events; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although  sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year. And 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ classic Tipping the Velvet

We look forward to this year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, especially now that our friends in Australia and up to 16 more central and south American nations will be able to enjoy same sex weddings.

Look at our calendar to see what’s happening where you are. If you have an event, put it up on our calendar. Check out the OUTing the Past National LGBT History Festival hubs during February to find out which one you can attend.

To catch up on all our and the LGB and T happenings across the UK, follow us on our Facebook page here and follow Schools OUT UK here.

Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2018 Resource Pack, with a foreword by Stuart Milk and an introduction by Sue Sanders that you can access free here

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Upcoming events from our year-round calendar:

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 ...
7:30 pm Bisexual History Research @ LGBT Foundation
Bisexual History Research @ LGBT Foundation
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm
Bisexual History Research @ LGBT Foundation
The Bisexual History Project seeks to tweet and facebook at least one “On this day in history” bi event every day of the year. They have most of the year covered but there are many more things that could be listed. This is a hands-on workshop organised by BiPhoria to research bi history dates to help add to the calendar ...
7:30 pm Her Not Him @ Theatre503
Her Not Him @ Theatre503
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm
Her Not Him @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom
Bea, an older woman, comes out late in life. She nabs herself a young lover, Ellie, who has aspirations of starting a family and putting them both on a path to domestic bliss. Then Bea meets Jemima, who catches her eye and steels her away from Ellie. It all falls apart when Bea finally meets James, the boy beneath Jemima’s ...
9:00 pm Film Screening: The Queen of Ire... @ City Screen York
Film Screening: The Queen of Ire... @ City Screen York
Jan 31 @ 9:00 pm
20:00 pre-film drinks, 21:00 film screening The Queen of Ireland is the incredible story of Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss and her creator, Rory O’Neill. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti is an accidental activist and, in her own words, ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’. Directed by Conor Horgan and produced by Blinder Films, the film ...
all-day Ladies of Llangollen @ National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Ladies of Llangollen @ National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Feb 1 all-day
Ladies of Llangollen @ National Waterfront Museum, Swansea | Wales | United Kingdom
A month long exhibition on the Ladies of Llangollen. This is the first exhibition on the Ladies
all-day LGBT+ Social Mapping of Deptford @ Deptford
LGBT+ Social Mapping of Deptford @ Deptford
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
LGBT+ Social Mapping of Deptford @ Deptford
As this years LGBT history month is entitled ‘Geography, Mapping the World’ I am continuing my social mapping project on LGBT+ history, experiences and spaces in Deptford. Last year I spoke to and interviewed a number of local organisations and individuals who told me of the personal experiences in Deptford as a member of the LGBT+ community. The results were ...
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 ...
1:00 pm Sapphic Suffragettes: The key ro... @ LSE Library
Sapphic Suffragettes: The key ro... @ LSE Library
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm
Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women @ LSE Library
One hundred years on from the first granting of the vote in Britain, Hilary McCollum presents on the key role of lesbians and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship. It explores the evidence that a number of the women leading the campaign for women’s suffrage were lesbians/had relationships with other women. These women include Commander-in-Chief Christabel Pankhurst; Chief ...
2:30 pm LGBT History Month Launch event ... @ The Higgins Bedford
LGBT History Month Launch event ... @ The Higgins Bedford
Feb 2 @ 2:30 pm
LGBT History Month Launch event 'Fighting Proud' by Stephen Bourne @ The Higgins Bedford | England | United Kingdom
LGBT History Month begins at The Higgins Bedford with Fighting Proud – a talk by Stephen Bourne, based on his new book Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. The talk takes an engaging and informative look at wartime Britain, Stephen unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served ...
5:00 pm The History of the Transgender R... @ P/L/006
The History of the Transgender R... @ P/L/006
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A presentation/talk and resulting discussion on the history of the transgender rights movement here in the UK and also touching on Europe in general. Hosted by the co-officer and transgender convenver for the University of York’s LGBTQ Network. Organised by: University of York LGBTQ Network Tickets: Free, no need to book More information: Rowen Ellis (rowensellis@gmail.com | 07498 314335) | ...
6:30 pm York LGBT History Month 2018 Lau... @ Temple Hall, York St John University
York LGBT History Month 2018 Lau... @ Temple Hall, York St John University
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the start of York LGBT History Month 2018 with a fun evening out. Our launch night will feature a quiz, a bar (cash-only) serving soft and alcoholic drinks, live music, films and speeches – plus an opportunity to network with local LGBT organisations and councillors. It’s free to attend, but space is limited so please register using the link ...

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