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:

all-day Exhibition: “Glad to be Gay: the... @ LSE Library
Exhibition: “Glad to be Gay: the... @ LSE Library
Feb 1 – Apr 30 all-day
Exhibition: "Glad to be Gay: the struggle for legal equality" @ LSE Library | England | United Kingdom
LSE Library’s spring exhibition Glad to be gay: the struggle for legal equality draws on the unique Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women’s Library collection to mark the 50th anniversary of a pivotal piece of legislation: the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Before that, homosexuality was a criminal offence. With the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, homosexuality in private was decriminalised, ...
all-day Exhibition: Other Stories – Derb... @ Derbyshire Record Office
Exhibition: Other Stories – Derb... @ Derbyshire Record Office
Feb 1 – Apr 21 all-day
Exhibition: Other Stories - Derbyshire's LGBT History Project @ Derbyshire Record Office | England | United Kingdom
An exhibition marking the launch of a project to explore the history of sexuality and sexual identity in and around Derbyshire.
all-day Jamie Crewe: Female Executioner @ Gasworks
Jamie Crewe: Female Executioner @ Gasworks
Feb 1 – Apr 2 all-day
Jamie Crewe: Female Executioner @ Gasworks | England | United Kingdom
Female Executioner is the first solo exhibition at Gasworks, London by Glasgow-based artist Jamie Crewe. Comprising newly commissioned video, sculpture, print, and text-based works, the exhibition focuses on French writer Rachilde’s Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel. Exploring what is at stake in historical reclamation, Female Executioner investigates what happens when a queer, transfeminine artist tries to touch, reflect on, or ...
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.
10:00 am Exhibition: Andrew Fekete: Out o... @ Victoria Gallery & Museum
Exhibition: Andrew Fekete: Out o... @ Victoria Gallery & Museum
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibition: Andrew Fekete: Out of Time @ Victoria Gallery & Museum
Andrew Fekete arrived at the University of Liverpool in September 1972 to pursue his studies in Architecture. Just fourteen years later he would be dead, his life tragically cut short by an AIDS-related illness. Yet during these few brief years, he embarked on a remarkable voyage of self-discovery through his prolific painting and writing. Out of Time invites you to ...
9:00 am 2017 loudest whispers art exhibi... @ The Conference Centre
2017 loudest whispers art exhibi... @ The Conference Centre
Feb 6 @ 9:00 am – Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm
2017 loudest whispers art exhibition @ The Conference Centre | England | United Kingdom
The annual Loudest Whispers exhibitions are unique in London’s art exhibition art culture and attract an eclectic mix of professional and self taught outsider artists. The theme ‘Citizenship and the Law’ has inspired an installation “38 Green Carnations “by Peter Herbert with Fionn Wilson that reflects on the incarceration of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol in 1895. Artists returning with ...
all-day Latent: A Hidden History Exhibit... @ The Sidney Cooper Gallery
Latent: A Hidden History Exhibit... @ The Sidney Cooper Gallery
Feb 28 – May 6 all-day
Latent: A Hidden History Exhibition (Private View - 28 Feb - 6pm - 8pm) @ The Sidney Cooper Gallery | England | United Kingdom
The exhibition has been produced to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act that began the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The project re-purposes pictures from the South East Archive of Seaside Photography taken during the period of time when homosexuality was illegal and reframes them to fabricate forgotten stories. These new images point toward lives that could not ...
7:30 pm The Chemsex Monologues @ King's Head Theatre
The Chemsex Monologues @ King's Head Theatre
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm
The Chemsex Monologues @ King's Head Theatre
‘He was wandering around topless, clearly drug-f*cked, asking random guys to have sex. I took his hand and he grabbed me urgently, blue eyes intent and blazing.’ The Chemsex Monologues are the untold stories of the men and women adrift in London’s chill-out scene. Porn stars, fag hags and sexual health workers collide on the streets of Soho in a ...
7:30 pm Theatre: The Mutant Man @ The Space Arts Cente
Theatre: The Mutant Man @ The Space Arts Cente
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm
Theatre: The Mutant Man @ The Space Arts Cente | England | United Kingdom
Harry Crawford (otherwise known as Eugenia Falleni) stands trial for the murder of his wife. The trial is a farce: the case is filled with false witnesses and Harry’s gender dysphoria is blasted across the newspapers. As the trial continues, Harry’s tragic life-story comes to light. A thrilling true-crime drama, Christopher Bryant’s multi-award-nominated play THE MUTANT MAN puts Transgender themes ...
all-day Female Masculinity Appreciation ... @ The Glory
Female Masculinity Appreciation ... @ The Glory
Mar 31 all-day
Female Masculinity Appreciation Society at The Glory @ The Glory
Female Masculinity Appreciation Society! AT THE GLORY! THEME Joy de Vivre! This evening is in aid of Female Masculinity, for all of us who are, all of us who want, all of us who live, breathe and play with it. The Glory is a pub/performance space in East London and from 8pm we start with doorcharge, £10 or prebooked Early ...

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We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your information only.

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