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
2
Fri
LGBT History Month Launch event ‘Fighting Proud’ by Stephen Bourne @ The Higgins Bedford
Feb 2 @ 2:30 pm
LGBT History Month Launch event 'Fighting Proud' by Stephen Bourne @ The Higgins Bedford | England | United Kingdom

LGBT History Month begins at The Higgins Bedford with Fighting Proud – a talk by Stephen Bourne, based on his new book Fighting Proud – The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. The talk takes an engaging and informative look at wartime Britain, Stephen unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. Free event , no need to book.

Feb
5
Mon
Free Screening of Moonlight @ University of Hertfordshire
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Free Screening of Moonlight @ University of Hertfordshire

The Equality Office is screening the Oscar winning film Moonlight, which chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

Feb
11
Sun
LGBT History Month – The T @ Octagon Unitarian Chapel
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
LGBT History Month - The T @ Octagon Unitarian Chapel

Our service this Sunday is led by Torry Glinwell.

It’s a celebration for LGBT History Month reflecting on the T; with stories, readings and personal reflections exploring the transgender experience from a variety of perspectives.

Our collection will be going to support the brilliant work done by the Norfolk LGBT+ Project.

We finish around 12 noon with refreshments.

A welcoming community of open hearts and minds who seek meaning, nourish the spirit, and engage with our diverse and changing world.

Q Space and NREC LGBT History Month Gig Fundraiser @ The Lab
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
Q Space and NREC LGBT History Month Gig Fundraiser @ The Lab | England | United Kingdom

On the first Sunday of the half term week, come share sounds, spoken word and love diversity. For LGBT History Month, the Northants Rights & Equality Council (NREC) and Q Space are teaming up to bring you a night of live music and spoken word.
Artists include Yellow Blues.

Entry is £3 and with proceeds being split between NREC and Q Space this fundraiser gig will support LGBTQ+ community and other equality, support hate incident victims and tackle discrimination.

Support us, support our work, support our causes.

Feb
14
Wed
Queer Animation @ University of Hertfordshire
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Queer Animation @ University of Hertfordshire | England | United Kingdom

Come and celebrate LGBTHM by coming to see some of the best and most cutting-edge queer animation from all over the world. With films from Israel to New York to Egypt these stories will inspire and entertain you! All Welcome. No booking necessary.

The Handmaiden @ The Place Theatre, Bedford
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Handmaiden @ The Place Theatre, Bedford | England | United Kingdom

From visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy and Stoker) comes The Handmaiden, a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller inspired by Sarah Waters best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’.

Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired by Hideko (Kim Min-hee), a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong). But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo), a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own.

With breath-taking visuals, grandiose set design and frenzied humour, The Handmaiden is one of the years most anticipated films – an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple-crossing that marks a career high for one of modern cinemas most thrilling auteurs.

Feb
16
Fri
Basildon LGBTQI+ History Month event @ Colors Nighclub
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Basildon LGBTQI+ History Month event @ Colors Nighclub

A FREE event that explores the theme of geography and what that means for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex people living, working and visiting Basildon. It promotes the freedom to be who you are.

6.00pm REFRESHMENTS

6.30pm Welcome and introductions

6.35pm Award winning film ‘In a Heartbeat’: Ringling College of Art & Design produced by Beth David and Esteban Bravo

6.40pm Welcome by Councillor Andrew Gordon, Vice Chairman of Housing & Communities Committee

6.45pm Equality is coming around (LGBT Civils Rights) by Sean Chapin

6.50 pm Natalie Cook Singer

7.15pm Councillor David Burton-Sampson: Putting Basildon on the map and personal reflections

7.30pm FOOD BREAK

8.15pm Brazilian Rhythms by Taste of Brasil

8.45pm Gina Denham, Director Transpire: Mapping out worldwide Trans discrimination and positioning Basildon Trans equality in Essex.

9.00pm They/Them, a gender non-binary short documentary by Sarah Murphy

9.15pm LGBTQi + Quiz 

9.30pm Colors Club, dance the night away

Feb
17
Sat
OUTing The Past National Festival of LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford @ The Higgins Bedford
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
OUTing The Past National Festival of LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford @ The Higgins Bedford | England | United Kingdom

Programme for OUTing The Past National Festival of LGBT History at The Higgins Bedford

The Higgins Bedford is proud to be joining London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Belfast as a hub venue for the National Festival of LGBT History in 2018. On Saturday 17th February the art gallery and museum will host a day of free talks and workshops. Visitors can drop in between 11.15am and 4.30pm to discover hidden histories and stories from LGBT communities in Bedfordshire and beyond.
Tony Fenwick CEO of School’s Out UK, an organisation that works towards equality for LGBT people in schools and education, will begin the day with two workshops. The first of these is aimed at teachers and educators and looks at how to make your school a safe, welcoming and inclusive space. The second takes a broader look at why equality matters and other issues facing LGBT communities in education.
The day’s talks begin at 1.30pm when Mark Hignett is presenting the story told through hundreds of love letters between two soldiers during World War Two. At 2pm Alison Child then tells the story of Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney who were popular performers and household names during the 1920s. The talk includes recordings, photographs and video footage from their unique act.
At. 2.30pm Paul Dillane, Executive Director for the Kaleidoscope Trust, and previously head of the UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group, talks about the criminalisation and persecution of LGBT people across the globe and how this relates to the Commonwealth and Britian’s colonial past.
At 3pm British filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall introduces his film ‘we have been rather invaded: 30 years since section 28’. The film looks at the moment on 23rd May 1988 when four lesbian protesters interrupted the 6 O’clock News causing Sue Lawley to say ‘we have been rather invaded’ as she continued to read the news.
At 3.30pm Janet Green, author of Rebel Without a Clue – a Memoir recalls her own experiences of lesbian clubbing in the late 1960s. To finish the day at 4pm Dan Vo, coordinator of the award-winning LGBTQ tours at the V&A introduces the work of Peter Travis AM, gay designer and ceramicist who is possibly best remembered for his 1961 design for Speedo, nicknamed the ‘budgie smuggler’.
We look forward to welcoming you on our inaugural OUTing the Past National Festival LGBT history day and hope you enjoy the workshops, talks, displays, and activities. Please see our website for further information.

Feb
19
Mon
Bedford LGBT Book Club – Feb @ The Barley Mow
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm

Bedford LGBT Book Club will be launching during LGBT History Month 2018. An informal and sociable monthly book club event for all members of the local LGBT+ Community.

Feb
27
Tue
Parallel Spirals: Book talk and signing with Elspeth Rushbrook @ The Millennium library Norwich
Feb 27 all-day
Parallel Spirals: Book talk and signing with Elspeth Rushbrook @ The Millennium library Norwich

What can a secret mermaid, free range nuns, Jane Eyre and a modern vicar have in common? Stories within stories within stories about the boundary between friendship and sexuality, the power of cinema, and a secret that risks everything in this world and the next…

Elspeth is Norwich based, like her novel, which features Oxburgh Hall as Thornfield in her subverted Jane Eyre.

Event is to be held on the top floor in the Vernon Castle room, by the local heritage section. Just turn up. Novels and cards to buy. Cash only please

Parallel Spirals: Elspeth Rushbrook novel talk and signing @ Norwich Millennium library
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Parallel Spirals: Elspeth Rushbrook novel talk and signing @ Norwich Millennium library

Elspeth will be talking about her locally set novel Parallel Spirals which is about the boundary between friendship and sexuality and the power of stories in our lives. It involves a subverted Jane Eyre, free range nuns, courtesans, pirates, a contemporary East Anglian vicar, and a secret that risks everything in this world and the next…

Talk in the Vernon Castle Room on the top floor, off the local heritage section

Just turn up on the night. Books and cards will be for sale – cash only please

Mar
2
Fri
Testosterone @ The Place Theatre
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
Testosterone @ The Place Theatre | England | United Kingdom

What does it mean to be a man or a woman?

Is gender innate or is it nurtured?

Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what differences there are in how he is treated by society – what he gains and what he loses by becoming a man.

However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms – the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing?

With this refreshingly honest and irreverent physical theatre comedy by critically acclaimed company Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director Kit Redstone, they explore the epic path that we all have to take when trying to forge an identity.

What kind of ‘man’ are you?