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.

Jan
30
Tue
Bisexual History Research @ LGBT Foundation
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm
Bisexual History Research @ LGBT Foundation

The Bisexual History Project seeks to tweet and facebook at least one “On this day in history” bi event every day of the year. They have most of the year covered but there are many more things that could be listed.

This is a hands-on workshop organised by BiPhoria to research bi history dates to help add to the calendar – bring your laptop and ideas (if you are fresh out of ideas, just the laptop is fine!)

To see the Bi History Project’s existing dates browse http://www.twitter.com/bisexualhistory or http://facebook.com/bihistory

Feb
2
Fri
Let’s Talk About Sex @ Manchester Central Library
Feb 2 – Feb 24 all-day
Let's Talk About Sex @ Manchester Central Library

THE history of safer sex campaigning in Greater Manchester and stories of those involved and affected in the past three decades will take centre stage in a new exhibition and video history project being launched to coincide with LGBT History Month.

LGBT Foundation’s project, Let’s Talk About Sex, which launches at Manchester’s Central Library on 1 February, celebrates and commemorates over thirty years of safer sex promotion in Greater Manchester’s LGBT communities, from the initial response in the wake of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s through to the present day.

Feb
6
Tue
Jamie Fletcher & Company and Contact: Dancing Bear @ Palace Theatre
Feb 6 – Feb 7 all-day
Jamie Fletcher & Company and Contact: Dancing Bear @ Palace Theatre

World premiere of a stunning new musical at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, as part of the 10th anniversary of Queer Contact Festival.

Full of compassion, honesty and humour, Dancing Bear explores the struggle between faith, sexuality and gender identity.

A multi-talented cast (featuring Divina De Campo) deftly flip between catchy pop tunes and dramatic storytelling to create a feast for the heart and head.

Dancing Bear is a dizzying cabaret of contradictions: glamorous and unflinching, hilarious and heart-breaking, deeply personal and uplifting.

Post-show talks will be chaired by Jo Clifford (6 Feb) and Rebecca Root (7 Feb).

Book via http://bit.ly/DancingBearMCR or call 0844 871 7615.
For group bookings please call: 0333 009 5390

Part of Queer Contact Festival 2018, celebrating LGBT+ arts and culture in Greater Manchester. For more information go to: www.contactmcr.com/queercontact

NOTES

Suitable for over 16s (contains some full frontal nudity).
80 minutes plus post-show discussion.
Each show is BSL interpreted and audio described.
Touch tours are available to book prior to the show.
Post-show talk chaired by Jo Clifford (6 Feb) and Rebecca Root (7 Feb)

Feb
9
Fri
From Isaac Hitchen to the Female Husband: Records of Lancashire’s LGBT History @ Lancaster City Museum
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
From Isaac Hitchen to the Female Husband: Records of Lancashire's LGBT History @ Lancaster City Museum

Lancashire Archives in Preston holds a wealth of materials relating to the LGB&T heritage of Lancashire over the decades. From the tale of Isaac Hitchen whose loyalty to his gay friends led to him being publicly executed in 1806 at Lancaster Castle, to the tale of the ‘Female Husband’ – there is a rich local LGB&T history just waiting to be told…

Join Vicci McCann from Lancashire Archives for this exclusive talk as she reveals Lancashire’s hidden LGB&T histories.

Tickets for this talk are FREE but must be booked in advance

Feb
10
Sat
LGBT History Month – Mystery History Talk & Workshop @ Stockport Central Library
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Rainbow Historian, Gill Rossini will share some of the previously undiscovered history of the LGBT community in Stockport, followed by a workshop.
Tea and Cake provided to fuel the audience.
Book on Eventbrite or drop in.

Feb
13
Tue
D’Eon – A New Play by Renny Krupinski @ Hope Mill Theatre
Feb 13 – Feb 17 all-day
D'Eon - A New Play by Renny Krupinski @ Hope Mill Theatre

In 1769, at the age of 41, Monsieur Chevalier D’Eon de Beaumont stepped out of the limelight as a French diplomat to England, Russian spy, Prussian war hero and international bon viveur only to step back in as the woman she truly was.

Proudly wearing the Chevalier d’Honneur medal on her flowing robes she outraged and antagonised the whole of the French aristocracy, spending astronomical amounts of English Guineas and running up huge diplomatic debts fighting for her very existence and acceptance in an unforgiving society.

This bizarre, true story is bold, challenging, provocative and painfully funny: reaching deep into our perceptions of normality, acceptability and promiscuity, setting an historical ​thumbprint on the way we live our lives in an “enlightened” ​twenty-first century.

A Straight Acting Theatre Company Production, written by Edinburgh Fringe First Winner, Renny Krupinski.

Feb
17
Sat
“Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows” – An Audience with Christine Burns MBE @ Central Library
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows" - An Audience with Christine Burns MBE @ Central Library | England | United Kingdom

Over the last five years, transgender people have seemed to burst into the public eye: ‘Time’ declared 2014 a “trans tipping point”, while American ‘Vogue’ named 2015 “the year of trans visibility”. From our television screens to the ballot box, transgender people have suddenly become part of the zeitgeist.

Christine Burns’ new book “Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows” chronicles this journey in the words of those who were there to witness a marginalised community grow into the visible phenomenon we recognise today. Here is everything you always to know about the background of the trans community, but never knew how to ask…

Join Christine Burns MBE at the FREE event for a presentation and Q&A session about her new book and the rich trans history of the UK.

How Arena 3 saved my life @ Working CLass Movement Library
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The arrival of the very first lesbian newsletter, Arena 3, in 1964 was a quiet revolution. A talk by writer and researcher Jane Traies explores its impact through the oral testimonies of older lesbians whose lives were changed by this new contact with other women like themselves.

Plus, the Manchester Lesbian Immigration Support Group will talk on their work with women from around the world who are seeking sanctuary in our area.

Admission free; all welcome.

Feb
18
Sun
Service to Celebrate LGBT History Month @ St Bride’s Church @ St Bride's Church
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm
Service to Celebrate LGBT History Month @ St Bride's Church @ St Bride's Church

You are invited on Sunday 18th February to our regular Communion Service for Liverpool’s LGBTQIA Community, friends and family 6.30pm at St Brides Liverpool. Refreshments served from 6pm.

This month, we’ll be celebrating LGBT History Month, the annual commemoration of the lives and achievements of LGBT people. We’ll share a communion service led by Rev Miranda and hear from Warren from Open Table about real life stories and an inclusive spirituality.

Look forward to seeing you!

Everyone is welcome at Open Table. Open Table is an LGBTQIA affirming Christian community and aims to create a safe and supportive place for you to explore your faith and what this might mean for your own spiritual journey. No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where your journey may take you, you will find a welcome.

Feb
22
Thu
XXY film screening @ 81 Renshaw Street
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
XXY film screening @ 81 Renshaw Street | England | United Kingdom

XXY (cert 15)
“What do you want to be?” How does gender determine our identity and what options are we presented with? 15-year-old Alex faces enormous pressure from society to make a choice but just wishes to be left alone. XXY explores the difficult path to finding out who we are that we all face on the daunting path into adulthood.
Dir: Lucía Puenzo. Argentina/France/Spain 2007. In Spanish with English subtitles. 87mins.
#directedbywomen
plus introduction by Joan Burnett of Liverpool Pride
Tickets: £5

The venue is wheelchair accessible. All screenings are with English subtitles.
Closest train stations: Lime Street, Central.
Buses: 75, 80, 80A, 80E, 82, 82B, 82D, 86, 86A, 86C, 86D

Feb
23
Fri
From Prejudice to Pride – Cheshire Film Festival and Events @ Weaver Hall Museum
Feb 23 – Feb 25 all-day
From Prejudice to Pride - Cheshire Film Festival and Events @ Weaver Hall Museum

From Prejudice to Pride is a heritage project preserving the rich and varied LGBT history of Cheshire.

To celebrate LGBT History Month we are hosting our first ever film festival showing an exciting range of screenings from classics to new and diverse documentaries.

The films will be shown in the Regalette, a 40 seater cinema housed within the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich. All screenings are free but it is advisable to book as there are limited places.

In addition to the film screenings there is an exhibition of LGBT history and workshop sessions for all ages.

We have also produced a schools pack – for further information contact us on fptop@bpcnw.co.uk

LGBT History Month – Book Club @ Stockport Central Library
Feb 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

To celebrate LBGT History Month this February we are sharing together Michael Cunningham’s The Hours, limited copies are available at Stockport Central Library so drop in and grab one.
We will be meeting up on Friday 23rd Feb to discuss the book and any other good reads we have come across. We will also be doing quizzes, drinking brews and eating cake.
There is also an LGBT Display and Book Promotion on at Stockport Central Library during February.
Everyone welcome!

Borderland – part of LGBT History Month @ Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm
Borderland - part of LGBT History Month @ Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama | England | United Kingdom

Written by James Harker
Directed by Danielle McIlven
When a racist white boxer instinctively defends a young Asian woman in an after-school fight, neither is prepared for the chaos and beauty that follows.
Borderland is an urgent gay love story, a cri de cœur against racial segregation. A challenge to liberal and traditional values alike.
Suitable for ages 14+
“A provocative love story … filled with biting honesty.” Laura Longworth, Burnley Express

Feb
24
Sat
From Prejudice to Pride – Kick It Out Women’s Football Tournament @ Moss Farm
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
From Prejudice to Pride - Kick It Out Women's Football Tournament @ Moss Farm

Kick It Out Women’s Football Tournament
5 A-Side Teams
£25.00 per team

The tournament is open to existing teams or groups of old friends who wish to get a team together to come along and play.
As part of LGBT History Month we are hosting a tournament to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of women’s football from the 1920s to the present day.
In addition to the Lily Parr Trophy we will be awarding a player of the tournament to each team and rainbow laces to both teams in the final.
The tournament is open to existing teams or groups of old friends who wish to get a team together to come along and play
There will also be activities for friends and supporters including:
Human Table Football
Walking Football Taster Session
An exhibition about the history of women’s football in Cheshire

Feb
27
Tue
LGBT History Month: State of the Nation @ ThoughtWorks, 4th Floor, Federation House
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
LGBT History Month: State of the Nation @ ThoughtWorks, 4th Floor, Federation House

Join us at ThoughtWorks Manchester for an evening dedicated to LGBT History month, with speakers from the LGBT Foundation, Stonewall, African Rainbow Family and First Wednesday, followed by a panel discussion with the speakers. The panel will focus on ‘The State of the Nation’ and global attitudes towards the LGBT community. Following this, there will be a chance to network.
Agenda:

6.30 – 7pm: Arrival: drinks & nibbles

7 – 7.15: Stonewall talk: Sharing recent research findings: State of UK & Trans lived experiences

7.15 – 7.30: LGBT Foundation talk – intersectionality & what is happening locally

7.30 – 7.40: African Rainbow Family

7.40 – 7.50: First Wednesday

7.50 – 8.15: Panel event with speakers, focusing on global attitudes & what can be done to support LGBT communities overseas.

8.15 – 8.45: Drinks and networking

Speakers:

Kris Phelps, Group Manager, Stonewall (@kristofer_p): Kris has worked for Stonewall for just over 3 years years and is passionate about inclusion and diversity and changing workplace culture to ensure everyone is able to reach their full potential.

Virginie Assal, Women’s Programme Inclusion Officer, LGBT Foundation (@VirginieAsl): Virginie is leading a new project targeted at lesbian and bi-minority women (such as women of colour, older women, trans women and non-binary people who want to access a women-centred-space). The aim of the project is to better support lesbian & bi-minority women around Greater Manchester through regular community events, outreach and awareness raising workshops for professionals and organisations.

Philip Jones, Facilitator, First Wednesday (@1st_Wednesday): After a career in local government as an information specialist, Philip now serves as the facilitator of the First Wednesday support and social group for LGBT people seeking asylum. The group meets monthly in the LGBT Foundation offices in Manchester and provides a discussion forum, information resources, networking opportunities, shared experiences and mutual support for its members.

Arnold Keungmeue Nzetem, Financial Director, African Rainbow Family (@AfricanRainbow1): Arnold is a gay man and LGBT+ Campaigner from Central Africa Republic who is seeking safety in the UK based on his sexuality. He is also the Financial Director of African Rainbow Family, an organisation that supports the LGBTIQ community including those seeking asylum.

The panel will be facilitated by Amy Lynch:

Amy Lynch, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, ThoughtWorks (@Amy_Lynch): Amy has been working with technology teams and organisations for a decade, with a background spanning recruitment, sales and marketing. Passionate about equality and tackling injustice, she is currently heading up diversity & inclusion for Thoughtworks, a global technology consultancy, working to make the tech industry a safer place for all. She is a keen photographer, enjoys travel and is an active member of the tech communities across Manchester & London.

To make the event accessible for everyone, there will be:

– baby changing facilities

– prayer/ reflection room

– quiet space

– gender neutral toilets

– induction loop

LGBT History Month – Live Music Finale with Taylor Giacoma & Friends @ Stockport Central Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A fantastic finale to finish LGBT History Month in Style. We will have Taylor Giacoma and friends presenting a selection of original songs in her 1st set moving on to singalong, dancetastic covers in her 2nd set. All under the magnificent dome in Stockport Central Library.
Refreshments and nibbles will be available.
Bookable on Eventbrite or just join in on the night

Feb
28
Wed
Forbidden Love @ Royal Exchange Theatre
Feb 28 – Mar 1 all-day
Forbidden Love @ Royal Exchange Theatre

HALF A CENTURY AFTER THE LEGALIZATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY, ‘THE GIFTED SINGER JESSICA WALKER’ (NY TIMES) AND MD JOSEPH ATKINS PRESENT A PROVOCATIVE CABARET ABOUT ILLICIT SAME-SEX DESIRE IN TIMES OF REPRESSION.

Beginning with the male impersonators of the Victorian music hall and the first openly gay songs of the Weimar Cabaret in 1920s Berlin, we journey through the erotic songs of 1930s Paris, and into the hidden sexualities of artists in Britain and America, right up to the introduction of the infamous clause 28 in the 1980s. From Noel Coward to Dusty Springfield via Marlene Dietrich, this is an evening of queer history in song not to be missed.

“Reel In The Closet” Film Screening @ Lancaster Library
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
"Reel In The Closet" Film Screening @ Lancaster Library

Want to know what it was like to be out in 1940? How it felt to be different in 1960? Watch the home movies of the people who lived it! Join us for this FREE screening of the fascinating LGBTQ documentary, “Reel In The Closet”.

From the director of the award winning ‘Gen Silent’ comes ‘Reel In The Closet’, a feature-length documentary that lets us connect with LGBTQ people from the past through the rare home movies that they left behind for us.

Prior to the screening, there will be a live performance of ‘The Room’ by local artist, Briggsy. ‘The Room’ is a visually arresting, poignant and socially relevant piece of physical theatre. ‘The Room’ was created to explore LGBTQ identities and challenge, head on, the discrimination and hatred directed towards people that are just trying to be the truest version of themselves.

Also featuring creative contributions from PYRO LGBT Youth Group in partnership with Ludus Dance

*Please note – ‘Reel In The Closet’ contains brief scenes of mild nudity and strong language