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. If you are in teaching or training, check out our friends at OutTeacher

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 The laws were repealed on April 24th.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.

Happy LGBT History Month USA from The UK LGBT HM team. It starts on October 1st and you can see their video here.

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


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LGBT History Month – The 2018 Official Launch

This year, we are focusing on Geography: Mapping the World and we are so excited to be coming to launch this national event at The Museum of Liverpool overlooking the River Mersey on the 8th November 2017.
We will be welcoming guests from 6pm and encourage you to visit the Museums brand new exhibition of Liverpool LGBT life ‘Tales from the City’ before our event start at 7pm.
There is a small fee of £3 for entry to this event which will support the work of LGBTHM, As a thank you, you will get a free LGBTHM 2018 badge on the evening at registration.
We hope you can join us for a night of music, entertainment and networking*
Speakers on the night include,
Angela Eagle MP, Tony Fenwick MBE (Schools Out/LGBT History Month), Homotopia, Museum of Liverpool, Caroline Paige & Sue Sanders (Schools Out/LGBT History Month)
*There will also be an afterparty hosted by Homotopia. Details TBA later in October.

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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.
Oct
27
Fri
7:15 pm A Revolution in Sexual Politics @ Hinde Street Methodist Church,
A Revolution in Sexual Politics @ Hinde Street Methodist Church,
Oct 27 @ 7:15 pm
A Revolution in Sexual Politics @ Hinde Street Methodist Church,  | England | United Kingdom
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. The programme ranges from Lieder by Schubert and Richard Strauss which have an underground gay slant, through to settings of gay poets Verlaine, Proust, Gertrude Stein, A E Housman, W H Auden and others, and music by Reynaldo Hahn, Samuel Barber, Poulenc, Britten, Noel ...
Nov
3
Fri
7:15 pm Women’s Lives and Loves @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Women’s Lives and Loves @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Nov 3 @ 7:15 pm
Women’s Lives and Loves @ Hinde Street Methodist Church | England | United Kingdom
Gemma Summerfield – Soprano, Nigel Foster – Piano Gay Soper – Speaker A performance of Frauenliebe und Leben, Schumann’s iconic cycle of a woman’s life and love, and other songs by women composers, with readings from the diaries and journals of famous and infamous lesbians throughout history, including Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Radclyffe Hall, Anne Lister and others. Sung by ...
Nov
4
Sat
2:00 pm Springs and Roundabouts: Afterno... @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Springs and Roundabouts: Afterno... @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm
Springs and Roundabouts: Afternoon Tea with Miss Hope Springs @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
A very special milestone for the London Song Festival, as towering blonde glamour-puss, composer – lyricist and ex Vegas nightclub chanteuse Miss Hope Springs brings you songs from her unreleased 1969 LP. She reflects “There are so many circles, spirals and revolutions on the journey of life. I was personally entertaining Fidel Castro when the Cuban one broke out in ...
Nov
5
Sun
6:00 pm Poetry LGBT North London Open Mi... @ Tipsy Bar
Poetry LGBT North London Open Mi... @ Tipsy Bar
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Poetry LGBT North London Open Mic Night @ Tipsy Bar | England | United Kingdom
#PoetryLGBT started in January 2015 in Hackney and now has a new monthly addition in Deptford from October 2017 Come and enjoy an evening of poetry and spoken word from new and established poets/writers. 15 poets will each have 5 minutes to share their poems. There are 3 five minute slots available for singers, rappers, comedians, dancers, musicians, burlesque, magicians, ...
8:00 pm The Wiz, Presented by Beacons, I... @ The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
The Wiz, Presented by Beacons, I... @ The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm
The Wiz, Presented by Beacons, Icons and Dykons @ The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Beacons, Icons and Dykons presents an evening of performance inspired by and featuring the best moments from musical spectacular The Wiz. (Sidney Lumet, 1978) Starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor, the film retells the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz with an African American cast, where the Land of Oz is a fantasy version of New York ...
Nov
6
Mon
all-day LGBT rights: what next? panel di... @ LSE Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
LGBT rights: what next? panel di... @ LSE Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Nov 6 all-day
LGBT rights: what next? panel discussion with Angela Mason, Chris Smith and Peter Tatchell @ LSE Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building | England | United Kingdom
What has been achieved since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and the partial discrimination of homosexuality? What hurdles still have to be overcome for LGBT rights? Angela Mason, Chris Smith and Peter Tatchell will discuss these questions and answer your questions. Angela Mason is Labour Councillor of Camden Council, and former Director of Stonewall and Chair of the Fawcett Society. ...
Nov
13
Mon
all-day GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2017 @ Various Venues across London
GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2017 @ Various Venues across London
Nov 13 – Nov 25 all-day
GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2017 @ Various Venues across London
London’s annual “All Arts, All Welcome” GFEST films, performances, visual art exhibition and debates tell awesome LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and intersex) stories of “Arts Protest” from all over the world. Organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFEST 2017 events will be running from Mon 13 Nov to Sat 25 Nov. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of an ECLECTIC ...
Nov
18
Sat
2:00 pm A Jarman Winterreise @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
A Jarman Winterreise @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm
A Jarman Winterreise @ Hinde Street Methodist Church | England | United Kingdom
Simon Wallfisch – Baritone, Nigel Foster – Piano Kevin Moore – Speaker Baritone Simon Wallfisch (“There was an energy and buzz every time Simon Wallfisch was on stage”: Opera Today) and Nigel Foster (piano) perform Schubert’s extraordinary song-cycle Winterreise, interspersed with readings from the diary of Derek Jarman, charting his winter journey from his diagnosis as HIV positive in 1986 ...
Nov
24
Fri
7:15 pm A Housman Dichterliebe @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
A Housman Dichterliebe @ Hinde Street Methodist Church
Nov 24 @ 7:15 pm
A Housman Dichterliebe @ Hinde Street Methodist Church | England | United Kingdom
Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone, Nigel Foster – Piano Speaker – Gabirel Woolf Schumann’s great cycle of love and loss, combined with readings of A E Housman’s later poems, which reveal his struggles with his sexuality that he could never express. These poems are less well known than his Shropshire Lad, but are arguably more intense and personal. Sung by ...
Feb
21
Wed
7:00 pm Queer Quiz @ Penthouse Suite, above the Loft Lounge
Queer Quiz @ Penthouse Suite, above the Loft Lounge
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm
Queer Quiz @ Penthouse Suite, above the Loft Lounge | England | United Kingdom
For LGBT History Month, Pink Sou’westers invite you and your friends to our ninth annual Queer Quiz on Wednesday 21st February, 7.00pm at the Penthouse Suite above the Loft Lounge on Bromsgrove Street. Explore, expand or show off your knowledge of all things LGBT from the past right up to the present in this original LGBT themed quiz covering popular ...

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