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.

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

Bar Wotever 6th February! @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Feb 6 all-day
Bar Wotever 6th February! @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern

The legendary Bar Wotever, created in 2005, is one of the world’s longest running weekly queer performance events. Every Tuesday night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, we welcome friends old and new to enjoy live music, cabaret, comedy, dance, spoken word, community news and whatever else tickles our fancy. Friendly, fun, inclusive, meaningful and truly spectacular. Doors at 7pm, show 8.30-10.30pm, DJs pre and post show, closes midnight! Different line ups each week. This weeks headliners are Shakona Fire and Kayla MacQuarrie.

Southwark QueerStory @ Peckham Levels (free entry)
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – Feb 28 @ 11:00 pm
Southwark QueerStory @ Peckham Levels (free entry)

Celebrating LGBT History Month this exhibition on the history of local LGBTQ+ people and communities delves into the Southwark Archives to uncover a world of queer culture and forgotten stories.

Looking back to the 18th and 19th century we discover key Trans histories in the stories of ‘female husbands’ like James Allen who was born a woman but spent his life living as a man with his wife in Bermondsey. In the gorgeous 1930s photographs of Tooley Street lad Ralph Hall we see a life of domestic happiness with his lover Monty and their love letters written when Ralph was posted off to war.

Into the 1960s we enter a time of glorious pub drag culture followed by the emergence of the gay disco scene pioneered by DJ Tricky Dicky in 1970s Camberwell as well as saucy drag shows and boozy dancing at the fabulous Ship & Whale.

Moving into the 80s, through the amazing work of forgotten local groups like the Southwark Sappho Sisters, Peckham Black Women’s Centre Lesbians, Gay Men In Southwark and the Black Gay & Lesbian Centre we come to understand how Southwark’s LGBTQ+ community confronted key issues of the time, campaigning against Section 28 and fighting for rights that were finally realised in the 1990s and 2000s.

The exhibition has been curated by Chris Scales (Heritage Officer, Southwark Council) with production support from Rina Mushonga. Supported by Southwark LGBT Network.

Lip Sync Lollapalooza @ Fibbers, 3-5 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT
Feb 18 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 19 @ 2:00 am

York’s biggest queer cabaret/clubbing night will be putting on a very special event for LGBT History month as performers take on some of the most iconic songs and moments in queer pop culture of all time! Expect outrageous drag acts, legendary lip sync performances and some of the cheesiest music you will ever experience in a friendly and feel-good environment!

Organised by: Haus of Dench
Tickets: £3-£8 available at wegottickets.com/lipsync
More information: Matthew Stallworthy / Crudi Dench (hausofdench@gmail.com) | facebook.com/hausofdench
Accessibility: ASK

An Evening with David Hoyle @ Lecture Theatre 2, Centre for Medicine Building, University of Leicester
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a very special performance by the sensational anti-drag queen, David Hoyle, followed by a Q & A. Hoyle came to prominence in the 1990s as the Divine David. He appeared in several late night Channel 4 shows and later in Chris Morris’s Nathan Barley but now performs live under his own name. He is closely associated with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern but has also performed at the Soho Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Victoria & Albert Museum. Expect biting satire, bravura costumes and high comedy. “There is nothing quite like it: bold and unique, electrifying and disarmingly humane” – Time Out. Sponsored by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Part of University of Leicester LGBT+ History Month.