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 The laws were repealed on April 24th.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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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.
Sep
26
Tue
7:00 pm Bar Wotever 26th September with ... @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Bar Wotever 26th September with ... @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Bar Wotever 26th September with The Phoenix! @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern | England | United Kingdom
Joining our host, Michael Twaits, is all-round wonder of the cabaret scene The Phoenix (with one of Rhys’ pieces)! We also have resident king Benjamin Butch, Orlando, Bae Sharam, Gareth Edwards and MIcah Nx! ————————– Bar Wotever – Queer Tuesdays at RVT Doors: from 7pm, Show start 8.30pm, ends abt 10.30 Then DJs play until we close at Midnight Entry: ...
Oct
3
Tue
7:00 pm Bar Wotever 3rd October with Doc... @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Bar Wotever 3rd October with Doc... @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm
Bar Wotever 3rd October with Doctor Woof @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern  | England | United Kingdom
Bar Wotever favourite and star of X Factor Dr Woof is our host for October! Joining them tonight will be resident performer Katy Jalili, Lianne Hall, Victoria Elizabeth, Dickie Dalliance and Francis Drag King! More acts TBA. ————————– Bar Wotever – Queer Tuesdays at RVT Doors: from 7pm, Show start 8.30pm, ends abt 10.30 Then DJs play until we close ...
Oct
5
Thu
5:30 pm ‘Moonlight’ film screening @ The... @ Room LR1, Arts Building, The University of Birmingham
‘Moonlight’ film screening @ The... @ Room LR1, Arts Building, The University of Birmingham
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
'Moonlight' film screening @ The University of Birmingham @ Room LR1, Arts Building, The University of Birmingham | England | United Kingdom
The University of Birmingham Rainbow Network celebrates Black History Month with the screening of the Oscar-winning film ‘Moonlight’. The film, which was released in 2016, shows the coming-of-age story of an African-American gay man growing up in America.
Oct
6
Fri
all-day Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival @ Old Market Hall Cinema
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival @ Old Market Hall Cinema
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival @ Old Market Hall Cinema
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, in it’s 12th year, screens LGBTQ+ films. There are feature films, documentaries, International & UK short films, Q & A sessions with visiting speakers/directors. This year, we have a lecture: ‘Looking Awry: Bisexual Desires on Screen’, by Jacob Engelburg, a Film Programmer based in Brighton, England where he runs the queer film strand Eyes Wide Open ...
Oct
8
Sun
7:30 am Pink Narcissus @ The Bike Shed Theatre
Pink Narcissus @ The Bike Shed Theatre
Oct 8 @ 7:30 am
Pink Narcissus @ The Bike Shed Theatre | England | United Kingdom
Beacons, Icons and Dykons brings you an evening of performance inspired by and featuring the best moments from Pink Narcissus (James Bidgood, 1971) An American arthouse drama about the erotic reveries of a gay male prostitute in his Manhattan apartment. This is a unique experience in visual fantasy, shot in 8mm film with kitsch interiors with bright, otherworldly lighting and ...
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
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
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 ...

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