Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Feb
1
Thu
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 be young and LGBTQI+ in Hackney.

The ‘Out and About’ display is a collaborative wallpaper design project between artist Angela Groundwater and Out and About, an LGBTQI+ group for people aged 50 and over. Hidden within the traditional wallpaper pattern are the stories of five group members, told through objects of personal significance to them. The custom-made wallpaper weaves a narrative out of illustrations, inspired by art workshops to create the piece looking at the unique challenges older people face 51 years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

From Bedroom to Battleground: An exhibition of young LGBTQIA people’s stories @ 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 exhibition was facilitated by artist Liv Wynter and the project was funded by renown street artist Stik, with funds raised through the auction of his iconic ‘Hackney Pride Banner’ commissioned by Hackney Council for London Pride 2016.

Feb
3
Sat
Other Stories – Derbyshire LGBT+ exhibition at Chesterfield Museum @ 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. Visit to museum to find out more!

Feb
5
Mon
Loudest Whispers 2018 – Art Exhibition @ 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 5.00 pm, except Bank Holidays.
Travel: bus 46/214 tube Mornington Crescent / Kings Cross
Keynote speeches include official opening by the Mayors of Camden and Islington.
Master of Ceremony Alex Green presents an exuberant, thought provoking musical entertainment with special guests and voices from the streets of London.
Most artworks are for sale with proceeds of sales going to registered charities: Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund (Reg. No. 1082989) and Camden LGBT Forum (Reg. No. 1107855).

Feb
28
Wed
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican Art Gallery
Feb 28 – May 27 all-day
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins @ Barbican Art Gallery | England | United Kingdom

Gazing directly into the camera, Paz Errazuriz’s arresting image of Pilar (shown above), a cross-dresser working in an underground brothel in Chile during the 1980s forms part of a larger body of work titled Adam’s Apple, 1983. Taken during Chile’s military dictatorship at a time when gender non-conforming people were regularly subjected to curfews, persecutions and police brutality, this photograph represents a collaborative and defiant act of political resistance for both Errazuriz and Pilar.

“It was our means of showing that we were there and fighting back”.
Paz Errazuriz

Paz Errazuriz is just one of the 20 photographers featured in Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins – that also includes Larry Clark, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, Boris Mikhailov and Dayanita Singh. Celebrating photography’s enduring and unique relationship with individual and communities operating on the margins, the exhibition reflects a more diverse, authentic and complex view of the world from the 1950s onwards. Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, counter and sub-cultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features work by photographers who spent months, years or even decades with their subjects.

Advance booking recommended.

Image credit: Paz Errázuriz. From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983. © Paz Errázuriz. Courtesy of the artist.

Mar
19
Mon
DollyWould @ Soho Theatre
Mar 19 – Apr 14 all-day
DollyWould @ Soho Theatre

Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners SH!T THEATRE again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love her.

‘Exhilaratingly daft – Sh!t Theatre overshare their love for Dolly Parton, with delightful results’
★★★★ Time Out

‘An icon is unpacked, satirised and worshipped all at once – gleefully scrappy and frequently silly’
★★★★ The Stage

‘Wonderfully daft – they deliver a tour-de-force’
★★★★ Evening Standard

Mar
21
Wed
Miss Nightingale @ Hippodrome Casino
Mar 21 – May 6 all-day
Miss Nightingale @ Hippodrome Casino

‘A BLITZY ROMANCE OF GIN, GENTS, GARTER BELTS AND TERRIFIC SONGS!’ The Times

An intimate underground cabaret club opens in the heart of London. A saucy new star shines under the spotlight. Two men struggle to bring their illicit love out of the shadows. The war-torn capital has never been so revealing!

Welcome to the Glitz of the Blitz; where showgirls, secrets and scandal abound. A world where aristocrats jostle with black-market spivs, songwriters take to the streets and nothing is quite as it seems.

Maggie Brown, an aspiring singer and her best friend George Nowodny, a songwriter and Jewish refugee, perform a dazzling act at the newest night club in town, owned by wealthy socialite and RAF war-hero, Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe. Maggie’s beau Tom Connor, paves the way for the sexy and charismatic ‘Miss Nightingale’ to be born, and the musical duo quickly find themselves with a West-End hit! However, what the leading lady doesn’t know, is that George and Sir Frank are hiding a secret and as Miss Nightingale’s success grows, so does a forbidden love between the two men!

Miss Nightingale, the brand-new British musical, receives its West-End premiere at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino following five sold-out UK tours and a headline season at The Vaults in 2017. Having been hailed as one of the Guardian’s Top 50 must-sees, now is your chance to experience the show-stopping 1942 set musical, where gay glamour, vintage sounds and spunky Blitz spirit are brought sensationally to life.

Immerse yourself in the wartime world of Miss Nightingale- you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to come back for more. Book cabaret style seating now for an unrivalled West End experience unlike any other.

Apr
1
Sun
Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night @ Tipsy Bar
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night @ Tipsy Bar

#PoetryLGBT started in January 2015 in Hackney, London

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry and spoken word from new and established poets/writers.

Up to 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, drag queens and drag kings.
Please contact us in advance if you would like to be added to the line up and you will be sent a confirmation message or take a chance and sign up on the night.

*Poets
*Singers
*Rappers
*Musicians
*Networking
*Music
*Free Raffle Prizes
*Sweets
*Good Vibes
*Entertainment
*Large Audience
*Ad hoc challenges
*Warm Host
*Warm welcome

Watch this 2 minute promo video if you have never attended a Poetry LGBT event. Once you attend you will come again. Yes it is that good.

https://vimeo.com/126739908

Please read this glowing review from 2015 of our fantastic event by LGBT UNDERGROUND.

https://lgbtudrgrd.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/eventreview-poetry-lgbt-sunday-5th-july-uk/

Sunday 1st April 2018
(And the first Sunday of EVERY month)

6pm – 10pm

@ Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road London N16 7XN
A 5 minute walk from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland Overground Stations.
Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243

Apologies this venue is NOT wheelchair accessible. There are 8 steps.

ONLY £5 on the door.

INCENTIVE: If you attend before 6:30pm you will receive 2 free raffle tickets for a chance to win a fantastic prize.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Follow us on Instagram & Twitter @poetrylgbt
Like our Poetry LGBT Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/PoetryLGBT/
Call us 07539608078
Email: poetryloungelgbt@hotmail.com

Apr
24
Tue
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @Bread&Roses Theatre (Clapham) @ The Bread & Roses Theatre
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 28 @ 8:45 pm
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @Bread&Roses Theatre (Clapham) @ The Bread & Roses Theatre | England | United Kingdom

Growing up is hard and when a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for.

★★★★★
Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre.
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1

Based on true events and real life stories; Naked Frank Theatre combine written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.

Unlike other conventional homophobia stories that pity the victim, Before It Starts approaches this story from the bully’s point of view, making them likeable, funny, charismatic and oblivious of their own actions.

So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts. Yes, people actually said these things. Teenagers can be shockingly funny!

(Audience Age Restriction: 15+)
Follow the link for ticket options: https://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/before-it-starts.html

GROUP OFFER: (Bookings over 20 people receive a free 90 minute forum theatre workshop, email: nakedfranktheatrecompany@email.com or call Carleigh on 07873588787)

Apr
28
Sat
Barberfellas presents The Rainbow Connection @ Amnesty International UK
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Barberfellas presents The Rainbow Connection @ Amnesty International UK | England | United Kingdom

Tickets £10, £8 concessions
Available here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/432530

It is the Barberfellas’ second concert in London, and for 2018 we’re doubling down on the barbershop and a capella harmonies we love. It’s a new show with new songs and we can’t wait to share it with you!

As always we’ll also be bringing together our LGBT choir friends from across the UK. At this concert we have not one, not two, but THREE choirs joining us on stage. Our guests are Rainbow Singers Across Borders, the choir made up of LGBT asylum seekers based in Croydon, Manchester’s singing sensation: Laura and the Lesbians, and, in their public debut, the ground-breaking London Trans Choir!

At this concert, a portion of the proceeds will go to Rainbows Across Borders, a self-help group for LGBT asylum seekers, as well as the Kaleidoscope Trust which works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. You can find out more about these amazing charities here: http://rainbowsacrossborders.org.uk/
http://kaleidoscopetrust.com/

With thanks to Amnesty International LGBTI network and Human Rights Action Centre.

Barberfellas present
The Rainbow Connection
7:30PM Saturday 28 April 2018
Amnesty International Human RIghts Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
https://www.facebook.com/events/123237318384094/

For other forthcoming performances please visit:
http://www.barberfellas.com/gigs.htm

Apr
30
Mon
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @Etcetera Theatre (Camden) @ Etcetera Theatre
Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @Etcetera Theatre (Camden) @ Etcetera Theatre

Growing up is hard and when a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for.

★★★★★
Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre.
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1

Based on true events and real life stories; Naked Frank Theatre combine written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.

Unlike other conventional homophobia stories that pity the victim, Before It Starts approaches this story from the bully’s point of view, making them likeable, funny, charismatic and oblivious of their own actions.

So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts. Yes, people actually said these things. Teenagers can be shockingly funny!

(Audience Age Restriction: 15+)
Follow the link for ticket options: https://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/before-it-starts.html

GROUP OFFER: (Bookings over 20 people receive a free 90 minute forum theatre workshop, email: nakedfranktheatrecompany@email.com or call Carleigh on 07873588787)

May
8
Tue
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @BETCamberwell Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell) @ The Blue Elephant Theatre
May 8 @ 8:00 pm – May 10 @ 9:15 pm
BEFORE IT STARTS ★★★★★ @BETCamberwell Blue Elephant Theatre (Camberwell) @ The Blue Elephant Theatre

Growing up is hard and when a new girl starts school and reveals her controversial sexuality her friends have a lot to laugh about. But when the jokes turn sour and the playful banter becomes bullying the group realise they have a lot to be sorry for.

★★★★★
Everything is in place: enthusiasm, integrity, uncompromising message: the result is a highly effective piece of theatre.
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1

Based on true events and real life stories; Naked Frank Theatre combine written accounts and verbatim text to tell a cold story about homophobia in schools in an outlandish, controversial and hilarious manner.

Unlike other conventional homophobia stories that pity the victim, Before It Starts approaches this story from the bully’s point of view, making them likeable, funny, charismatic and oblivious of their own actions.

So sit back, relax and get ready for the rawest, funniest and most offensive ride of your life. It’s playful, it’s honest, it’s daring, it’s an education for all! Oh, and remember, it’s based on true events and real life accounts. Yes, people actually said these things. Teenagers can be shockingly funny!

(Audience Age Restriction: 15+)
Follow the link for ticket options: https://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/before-it-starts.html

GROUP OFFER: (Bookings over 20 people receive a free 90 minute forum theatre workshop, email: nakedfranktheatrecompany@email.com or call Carleigh on 07873588787)

May
10
Thu
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science @ Peltz Gallery
May 10 – Jun 11 all-day
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science @ Peltz Gallery

Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science delivers an international programme that uses art and public debates to raise awareness about the important impact hormone therapies can have. It explores the theme of hormone use and abuse, both in the past and in the present.

Dry Room @ The Warren
May 10 @ 5:45 pm – May 12 @ 5:15 pm
Dry Room @ The Warren

A cross-disciplinary piece combines dance, live music and conceptual arts. Following its premiere at the World Stage Design 2017, the show begins its UK tour.

Inspired by Surrealism, Tanztheater and Psychological research, the story follows three children who are the survivors of childhood trauma. To escape from their haunting experience, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and encounter many demons of the past.

The show is about childhood struggles, friendship, identity and love. It features Italian composer Giovanni Sollima’s most heartbreaking cello piece ALONE.

May
12
Sat
Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars @ Surrey History Centre
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars @ Surrey History Centre

Stephen Bourne presents an engaging and informative talk about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book, Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, Stephen unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. He brings to light the great and previously unrecognised contribution they made to the war effort. Among those featured are the Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, bandleader Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, PC Harry Daley and Noel Coward. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Tickets: £5.
Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
Please book a place online at www.surreycc.gov.uk/heritageevents in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Choose Yr Own Adventure! Sober QLGBT dance party @ DIY Space for London
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – May 13 @ 12:00 am
Choose Yr Own Adventure! Sober QLGBT dance party @ DIY Space for London | England | United Kingdom

CYOA is a queer+LGBT dance party for ppl who want a nite out without alcohol/intoxicants – welcoming ppl of all genders&sexualities (& none), all ages, all bodies&characters! We’re running at the amazing and beloved DIY Space for London, located in SE London between South Bermondsey and Queen’s Road Peckham station, and easily reachable from Elephant and Castle.

May
17
Thu
Pharmacosexuality: Sex and Hormones @ Birkbeck School of Arts
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Pharmacosexuality: Sex and Hormones @ Birkbeck School of Arts

Almost everyone will have heard about the range of ways in which drugs – or pharmaceuticals – are and can be used for recreational purposes. Indeed, the media attention Viagra gained when it launched clearly showed that there was a want – and need – for pharmaceutical interventions in sex. Likewise, many people will also be aware that synthetic drugs are often used to enhance sexual experiences.

But what about hormones? How do hormones effect and impact our sexuality – and our sex lives? And do people use hormones to increase (or decrease) their sex drives? What side-effects can taking hormones have and how should they be used?

Jun
5
Tue
Testo Junkie: Hormones, power, and resistance in the pharmacopornographic regime @ Wellcome Collection
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
Testo Junkie: Hormones, power, and resistance in the pharmacopornographic regime @ Wellcome Collection | England | United Kingdom

In this lecture, Preciado will explore the invention and commercialisation of hormones, and the shift from disciplinary modes of production of sexual subjectivity towards a new regime of gender fabrication and re-organisation of the heterosexual norm.

Jun
28
Thu
“This first summer month…” A Celebration of The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m @ St Ethelburga's Centre,
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"This first summer month..." A Celebration of The Ruba'iya't of Omar Khayya'm @ St Ethelburga's Centre,

A Celebration of Liberation – of Genius awakening genius, of Light and delight.
Celebrating an enlightening and very entertaining world famous poem which has sold millions of copies ever since it was translated, adapted and published anonymously in 1859 by the gay suffolk born anglo-irish genius Edward FitzGerald 1809 – 1883.
“The eloquence of quatrain is the completion of sublimity” Persian saying

Jul
3
Tue
Wirework @ Tristan Bates Theatre
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 7 @ 8:30 pm
Wirework @ Tristan Bates Theatre | England | United Kingdom

Set in a remote South African village, a reclusive older woman, outrages her Afrikaans neighbours by collaborating with a local shepherd to turn her family home into an extraordinary piece of art.

Based on the true story of Helen Martins and Koos Malgas and their creation, ‘The Owl House’.

Inspired by images from pictures and postcards, their world becomes dominated by form and colour. In her struggle to find the ‘light’, Helen looks towards Mecca as Koos faces the reality of apartheid prejudice and survival.

BRITISH PREMIERE, first performed in South Africa, 2009

Supported by Arts Council England.

Written by Daleen Kruger. Translated by Idil Sheard.
Directed by Jessica Higgs http://jessicahiggs.org/biography/

Matinee shows: Thurs 5th July & Sat 7th July: 2:30pm