About LGBT History Month

We’re just about half way through LGBT History Month 2018 and this is the start of half-term, so check out our calendar for evens for all the family. Museums and theatres throughout he land have laid on entertainment, events and displays to celebrate our lives and legacy. Please go along, whatever the weather, to show your appreciation.

The Representation of the People Act, which gave women over 30 the right to vote (men could vote at 21) received Royal Assent on February 6th 1918. It’s often forgotten and more often ignored that many of the campaigners for votes for women were bisexual or lesbians including two of our faces for LGBT History Month in past years: Ethel Smythe and Emmeline Pankhurst. An event at the LSE library was held at the beginning of the month to explore the key role of lesbians in women’s suffrage.

Throughout February this year our theme is Geography: Mapping the World. We will be commemorating two rather 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.

Check our resources to see what’s available this year. 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:

all-day From Bedroom to Battle Ground @ Hackney Museum
From Bedroom to Battle Ground @ Hackney Museum
Feb 1 – May 19 all-day
From Bedroom to Battle Ground @ Hackney Museum
‘From Bedroom to Battleground’ has been created by members of Project Indigo, a local LGBTQI+ youth group run by Off Centre, a mental health and wellbeing charity. Facilitated by artist Liv Wynter, this exhibition shares the voices of Project Indigo members, who hope that by opening up about their personal stories, they can help teach people what it’s like to ...
all-day From Bedroom to Battleground: An... @ Hackney Museum
From Bedroom to Battleground: An... @ Hackney Museum
Feb 1 – May 5 all-day
From Bedroom to Battleground: An exhibition of young LGBTQIA people's stories @ Hackney Museum
This exhibition was created by members of the LGBT+ youth group Project Indigo and it shares their dreams, worries and hopes. The young members of Project Indigo hope that by sharing their stories they can help to teach people what it’s like to be young and LGBT+ and to make life just a little bit easier for one another. The ...
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 Proud City Exhibition @ Stockbridge Library
Proud City Exhibition @ Stockbridge Library
Feb 1 – Mar 30 all-day
Proud City Exhibition @ Stockbridge Library | Scotland | United Kingdom
An exhibition celebrating LGBTQIA+ people living and working in Edinburgh. From Prejudice to Pride; Activism 1970-2000; and to Progress in the 21st Century. Artefacts are also on show which give an insight into the history of the community. This exhibition was curated by Edinburgh City Museums.
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 ...
9:30 am Exhibition: Shropshire’s LGBT Hi... @ The Hive
Exhibition: Shropshire’s LGBT Hi... @ The Hive
Feb 1 @ 9:30 am – Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm
Exhibition: Shropshire's LGBT History Boards @ The Hive
A Unique collection of local LGBT history in a national context.
all-day Let’s Talk About Sex @ Manchester Central Library
Let’s Talk About Sex @ Manchester Central Library
Feb 2 – Feb 24 all-day
Let's Talk About Sex @ Manchester Central Library
THE history of safer sex campaigning in Greater Manchester and stories of those involved and affected in the past three decades will take centre stage in a new exhibition and video history project being launched to coincide with LGBT History Month. LGBT Foundation’s project, Let’s Talk About Sex, which launches at Manchester’s Central Library on 1 February, celebrates and commemorates ...
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. ...
all-day Loudest Whispers 2018 – Art Exhi... @ THE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ST PANCRAS HOSPITAL
Loudest Whispers 2018 – Art Exhi... @ THE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ST PANCRAS HOSPITAL
Feb 5 – Apr 19 all-day
Loudest Whispers 2018 - Art Exhibition @ THE CONFERENCE CENTRE, ST PANCRAS HOSPITAL
Loudest Whispers 2018 Now in its 9th year, Loudest Whispers is an annual art exhibition which celebrates LGBT culture. 37 professional and amateur artists from Camden, Islington and across London present work that is a response to the 2018 LGBT History Month theme Geography: Mapping The World. The Exhibition is open to the public Monday to Friday 9.00 am to ...
7:30 pm The Soul of Wittgenstein @ Omnibus Theatre
The Soul of Wittgenstein @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 27 @ 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 Fritha Jenkins and Edna Lumb: Ag... @ Leeds Art University
Fritha Jenkins and Edna Lumb: Ag... @ Leeds Art University
Feb 14 – Mar 30 all-day
The exhibition will entail an experimental curation of Lumb and Jenkins with a focus on feminist geologies and their articulation in the post-industrial North of England. It will feature a series of ‘anchor’ points for public engagement culminating in a summit event on 22 February featuring a performance by Jenkins. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with LGBT History Month, ...
10:00 am Southwark QueerStory @ Peckham Levels (free entry)
Southwark QueerStory @ Peckham Levels (free entry)
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – Feb 28 @ 11:00 pm
Southwark QueerStory @ Peckham Levels (free entry)
Celebrating LGBT History Month this exhibition on the history of local LGBTQ+ people and communities delves into the Southwark Archives to uncover a world of queer culture and forgotten stories. Looking back to the 18th and 19th century we discover key Trans histories in the stories of ‘female husbands’ like James Allen who was born a woman but spent his ...

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