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
31
Wed
Film Screening: The Queen of Ireland @ City Screen York
Jan 31 @ 9:00 pm

20:00 pre-film drinks, 21:00 film screening

The Queen of Ireland is the incredible story of Pandora ‘Panti’ Bliss and her creator, Rory O’Neill. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Panti is an accidental activist and, in her own words, ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.
Directed by Conor Horgan and produced by Blinder Films, the film follows Rory and Panti on their journey from a small town in Mayo to Irish national figureheads for equality, and all the way to global spokespersons for LGBT rights.

Accessibility: Baby changing, Hearing loop, Wheelchair access

Feb
6
Tue
LGBT Representation in American and British Film/TV: Screenings and Discussion @ V/045, Vanbrugh College
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm

Join Lexington Lawson (MA Digital Film and Television Production) for a screening and discussion of select clips of American and British Film/TV from its inception to now.

Organised by: York Graduate Students’ Association LGBTQ Network
Tickets: Free, no need to book
More information: Toby Gormley (lgbt@yorkgsa.org) | yorkgsa.org
Accessibility: Baby changing, Gender-neutral toilets, Wheelchair access

Feb
13
Tue
Body Electric (15) @ Showroom Cinema
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm
Body Electric (15) @ Showroom Cinema

Elias is a handsome young deputy manager of a garment factory. When he’s not working, he enjoys casual encounters in the big city. The arrival of a young Fernando, on the production line, piques his interest and Elias finds himself increasingly drawn into socialising with unbridled passion with his work colleagues, against his bosses wishes.

Film Screening: The Circle (Der Kreis) @ Hackney Attic
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Film Screening: The Circle (Der Kreis) @ Hackney Attic | England | United Kingdom

Swiss docudrama, written and directed by Stefan Haupt, screening for LGBT History Month 2018, which has a theme of Geography: Mapping the World.

Zurich, 1956. The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization DER KREIS (The Circle), whose publication unites the fragile yet vibrant post World War II gay community in Switzerland. Upon meeting cabaret singer and female impersonator Röbi Rapp, Ernst falls head over heels in love, and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and acceptance of his homosexuality. For Röbi, it is a relationship that proves to last a lifetime.

Featuring a unique blend of narrative and documentary formats with the modern day protagonists commenting on the scripted sequences of the film, THE CIRCLE deftly charts the increasing repression against homosexuals in Zurich as the two young and very different men fight for their love, and, together with their friends, for the rights of gays.

This is an informal screening in our Attic Events Bar, there will be table seating and you are free to get up, wander around and enjoy a drink throughout the film.

Tickets £6

Feb
14
Wed
Film Night: LGBT Britain @ Gants Hill Library
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm
Film Night: LGBT Britain @ Gants Hill Library | England | United Kingdom

Britain’s LGBT history is the inspiring subject of our film night. Come along and view a moving and fascinating collection of films spanning 1909 to 1994. The films document a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism, and charts the shifting attitudes to LGBT people and their rights across the board throughout a time of explosive social change.
Featuring some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen, the collection begins with a 1909 film featuring a drag queen competing for a prize, while later films explore the struggles and identity politics of the ‘80s and ‘90s, including early AIDS victims recounting their painful experiences, and the fight for transgender rights in the European Court. It’s a wonderful collection, a social document encompassing both the collective public fight for basic rights and equality and more personal, intimate and psychological ones: the shedding of shame and the ability to be open about one’s most private self; the claiming of the right to love and to say publicly, proudly: this is who I am.
Film collection supplied by the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) a registered charity bringing non-commercial films to audiences who may not normally have access to them. In collaboration with the British Film Institute they have launched Britain on Film on Tour – a brand new series of archive film programmes featuring extraordinary treasures from archives across the UK, available to the British public for the first time.
Please note: the programme contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect audience members with photosensitive epilepsy.
Free. Just turn up. Popcorn will be provided.
Information: Contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or email rhonda.brooks@visionrcl.org.uk.

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
15
Thu
Call Me By Your Name @ Kinoculture - Oswestry Community Cinema
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Call Me By Your Name @ Kinoculture - Oswestry Community Cinema

It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Feb
16
Fri
Tom of Finland (18) + After Party @ Showroom Cinema
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm
Tom of Finland (18) + After Party @ Showroom Cinema

fascinating and fitting tribute to a true subversive gay hero – but who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows the life of artist, Touko Laaksonen from the trenches of WWII and repressive 1950s’ society, through the struggle to finally get his work published amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s. A beacon to finding refuge and liberation through art – Tom’s story is one of love, courage and perseverance, mirroring the gay liberation movement for which his leather-clad studs served as a defiant emblem.

FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY: Drawing Attention with. qween of swords

Feb
19
Mon
The Watermelon Woman @ Showroom Cinema
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm
The Watermelon Woman @ Showroom Cinema

Revelatory and revolutionary, The Watermelon Woman is a story about creating your own history. Writer and director Cheryl Dunye is Cheryl, a video store clerk and filmmaker who in her search for some decent films about women of colour stumbles across a woman in an old film, credited simply as ‘The Watermelon Woman,’ and sets out on a quest to find her. A funny, fruity and refreshing story that combines fiction and real life as Cheryl’s search uncovers a host of African American Hollywood actors previously ignored by history where personal and political, real and imagined love stories abound – I’ve had the hots for you since the minute I first saw you shelving tapes…

Feb
22
Thu
The Ice King + Director Q&A @ Duke's At Komedia
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ice King + Director Q&A @ Duke's At Komedia | England | United Kingdom

After the screening we’ll be joined by director James Erskine for a Q&A.

John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality wasn’t even fully legal. Toxic yet charming, rebellious yet elitist, emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy, ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, he was a man forever on the run – from his father’s ghost, his country and himself. The Ice King is a searing documentary about a lost cultural icon, and a story of art, sport, sexuality and rebellion.

Click here to see the trailer

Feb
23
Fri
The Ice King + Director Q&A @ Picturehouse Central
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ice King + Director Q&A @ Picturehouse Central | England | United Kingdom

After the screening we’ll be joined by director James Erskine for a Q&A.

John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality wasn’t even fully legal. Toxic yet charming, rebellious yet elitist, emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy, ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, he was a man forever on the run – from his father’s ghost, his country and himself. The Ice King is a searing documentary about a lost cultural icon, and a story of art, sport, sexuality and rebellion.

Click here to see the trailer

Feb
24
Sat
LGBT History Month at Leeds City Museum @ Leeds City Museum
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
LGBT History Month at Leeds City Museum @ Leeds City Museum

Celebrate LGBT History Month 2018 at Leeds City Museum with our FREE programme of films, stalls, activities and talks on Saturday 24th February 11am til 3pm.

All are welcome to come along and get involved!

Stalls from various LGBT groups will be set up in the Museum from 11am.

The event will also include:

– talks from Trans Leeds and West Yorkshire Queer Stories
– a great programme of short films about queer history
– craft workshops for everyone: cushion making, postcard printing and more
– a pop-up history exhibition; please bring your queer history memorabilia

Feb
28
Wed
Sex, Politics and Contemporary Queer Cinema + Screening of Blue is the Warmest Color @ Attenborough Film Theatre (Attenborough tower basement)
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm

This critical introduction to Blue is the Warmest Colour will delineate the relationship between contemporary queer cinema and the politics of representing explicit sex on-screen. The talk will also discuss the controversies Blue is the Warmest Color faced (and still does face), and why the male gaze debate is still so pertinent to the analysis of lesbian sex in cinema. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.