About LGBT History Month

LGBT HM is celebrated in February in the UK but our work to educate out prejudice continues throughout the year. Our interactive calendar is also all-year-round so check it out or add an LGBT related event of your own.

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 (except in the Merchant Navy, where they are still officially banned).

There will be 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 hoards. 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.

Happy History Month from The LGBT HM team.

We look forward to next year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’


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Upcoming events from our year-round calendar:

Feb
1
Wed
all-day Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Bri... @ The Red House
Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Bri... @ The Red House
Feb 1 – Oct 28 all-day
Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Britten's Britain @ The Red House | England | United Kingdom
This exhibition will mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. It will focus on Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, at a time when their relationship was illegal. Key works highlighting their relationship will be featured along with the wider cultural, political and legal situation faced by gay men in the 1950s.
Jun
27
Tue
7:00 pm Queers @ The Kings Head Theatre
Queers @ The Kings Head Theatre
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm
Queers @ The Kings Head Theatre  | England | United Kingdom
Writer Patrick Cash ( The HIV Monologues ) and director Peter Darney ( 5 Guys Chillin’ ) bringing Queers to London, an exhilarating play about LGBTQ empowerment in 2017. After storming the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, both Em-Lou Productions and Dragonflies Theatre are proud to present these vital queer stories of London life back in their native city. ★★★★★ ...
Jul
2
Sun
4:00 pm Ruby Red Slippers @ Arts Theatre West End
Ruby Red Slippers @ Arts Theatre West End
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm
Ruby Red Slippers @ Arts Theatre West End | England | United Kingdom
Throw on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down at The Ruby Slippers where the power of love is tested and the truth is about to be revealed. Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met the man of his ...
Jul
3
Mon
6:30 pm Gay Rights Activist Cleve Jones ... @ Waterstones Trafalgar Square
Gay Rights Activist Cleve Jones ... @ Waterstones Trafalgar Square
Jul 3 @ 6:30 pm
Join us in welcoming Cleve Jones, one of the leading figures in the gay rights movement, speaking on his memoir ‘When We Rise: My Life in the Movement’ Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. Like thousands of other young ...
Jul
6
Thu
7:30 pm Marlene Dietrich – Ultimate Gay ... @ The Cinema Museum
Marlene Dietrich – Ultimate Gay ... @ The Cinema Museum
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Marlene Dietrich - Ultimate Gay Icon @ The Cinema Museum | England | United Kingdom
Marlene Dietrich has been a favourite gay icon for both men and women over several generations. In this highly-praised show, Terry Sanderson explores her extraordinary life and career. From her start in the ‘divinely decadent’ cabarets of Weimar Berlin, where she enthusiastically embraced the liberated sexual attitudes of the time, to superstardom in Hollywood and a stunning career on the ...
Jul
22
Sat
1:30 pm A step forward?: 50 years since ... @ The National Archives
A step forward?: 50 years since ... @ The National Archives
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
A step forward?: 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act @ The National Archives | England | United Kingdom
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – a significant step in the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain – this event will take a closer look at the documents within The National Archives’ collection that shed light on this pivotal moment in British history. With varied offerings, ranging from contextual talks to an in-depth workshop ...
Jul
27
Thu
6:30 pm Fighting Proud: The untold story... @ The Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics
Fighting Proud: The untold story... @ The Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fighting Proud: The untold story of the gay men who served in two world wars @ The Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics | England | United Kingdom
On the 50th anniversary of the day the Sexual Offences Bill gained royal assent and became an Act of Parliament, Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk followed by a Q&A about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book Fighting Proud (I B Tauris, £17.99), a history of the contribution gay men in Britain made during ...
Jul
29
Sat
10:00 am BSO Rainbow Rusties @ Abbeywood Community School
BSO Rainbow Rusties @ Abbeywood Community School
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
BSO Rainbow Rusties @ Abbeywood Community School | Stoke Gifford | England | United Kingdom
We would like to welcome the entire musical community to join together as a mighty orchestra to mark the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. To celebrate, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are holding a BSO Rusty and not so Rusty Musicians Day in Bristol. BSO Rainbow Rusties is open to everyone but we would particularly like ...

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