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.

Feb
9
Fri
Beyond The Binary @ Lomography Gallery Soho
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Beyond The Binary @ Lomography Gallery Soho

February marks the 13th queer history month in the UK since it was instated in 2003 in the wake of the abolishment of section 28. Join us for the opening of the exhibition entitled: Beyond the Binary by photographers Geoff Brokate & Kaye Martindale. Beyond The Binary is a photographic series that concerns itself in the evolving role of gender and sexuality within culture. Geoff and Kaye sought out ‘non-conventional’ families that reconfigure our understanding of how a family is made up. Beyond the Binary offers a focused look at the ways in which the traditional family model has changed in the UK to encompass same-sex couples, non-binary partnerships and transgender families.
This very special opening will include Performances from the SPIT! Collective.
The group, made up of artist Carlos Motta, art writer John Arthur Peetz and choreographer & dancer Carlos Maria Romero. They reflect on gay politics and manifestos post 1960 in order to evoke questions about LGBTQUIA+ experience today.

There will be complimentary drinks. This event is free to the public. (We will be collecting donations for the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Homeless/Crisis Shelter & Community Hub the outside project.)
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Feb
14
Wed
Fritha Jenkins and Edna Lumb: Aggregate @ Leeds Art University
Feb 14 – Mar 30 all-day

The exhibition will entail an experimental curation of Lumb and Jenkins with a focus on feminist geologies and their articulation in the post-industrial North of England. It will feature a series of ‘anchor’ points for public engagement culminating in a summit event on 22 February featuring a performance by Jenkins.
The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with LGBT History Month, engaging our Creative Queers Society. Jenkins identifies as a queer artist, and this will enable Lumb’s relationship with science writer Angela Croome to be brought into the discussion. Croome and Lumb were interested in an industrial aesthetic which was completely pioneering in terms of their gender and sexuality. This exhibition aims to celebrate and reflect on their contributions to mid-twentieth century art and scientific history.

Must see performance by Fritha Jenkins on 22 February! See more Leeds Arts University events at www.leedsartsunion.org.uk

Feb
22
Thu
Rainbow Pilgrims Exhibition Launch @Migration Museum LATE @ The Workshop
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Rainbow Pilgrims Exhibition Launch @Migration Museum LATE @ The Workshop | England | United Kingdom

Join us for the Launch of Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI Migrants in Britain – A Pop-Up Exhibition & Event.

in collaboration with The Workshop & The Migration Museum LATE.

Programme starts 18:00. Exhibition open from 11:00.

Groundfloor

Explore our Rainbow Pilgrims multi-media pop-up Exhibition:
put your headphones on and immerse yourself into the #pilgrims audio installation
watch mini-documentaries in our pop-up cinema.
grab a limited-edition hard copy of our Rainbow Pilgrims exhibition booklet.
get creative and make your own zine.
meet the team, have a drink & chat with other #pilgrims.
Upstairs

Visit the Migration Museum LATE
learn about seven migration moments throughout history that changed Britain
discover the Empathy Museum immersive exhibit A Mile in My Shoes.
build an origami boat
more info: http://www.migrationmuseum.org/events/

Queer(in)g Croydon: Panel Discussion, exhibition opening & Live Performances @ LOFT, Croydon Arts Store
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Queer(in)g Croydon: Panel Discussion, exhibition opening & Live Performances @ LOFT, Croydon Arts Store

PANEL DISCUSSION
Queer(in)g Croydon | Exploring the potential towards a common safe place

The evening is a private viewing of Ruhul Abdin’s Reclined Nude Scrolls, two 20 metre long drawings of friends and lovers. There will be a panel discussion on the potential to create a new queer place for Croydon’s diverse LGBTQIA community – followed by a series of live performances. The idea will centre on the potential to use existing venues, spaces and places as well as make better use of disused places, and connect different groups to help program and develop an inclusive & sustainable model. 

The discussion will briefly explore existing models of successful community organisations and what a community-led model could be for a queer place in Croydon. It will also propose questions, especially in ways of understanding what a safe space could potentially be for diverse members of the community. Croydon is the largest London borough with a population over 380,000+ people and itself has a deep history with LGBT+ activities. It is represented currently in events such as the Croydon Pridefest, its participation in LGBT History Month, IDAHO as well as diverse groups such as the Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) that meet regularly. At the same time there has been the erosion and closure of entertainment and other venues that catered specifically for the LGBT+ community across London and this means new models of place-making need to be explored. This panel discussion will look to talk about a more dynamic, community-led model, and the panelists will discuss aspects of their experiences and what they believe could be a collective vision for a safe space for the queer community. The evening will allocate ample time for questions.

We will invite local council members, LGBTQIA community leaders, along with wider London advocates including academics, activists and cultural leaders for a meaningful discussion.

The outcomes of this discussion will be used to develop a proposal for making a temporary or permanent queer space in Croydon.

Itinerary

17.30 
Registration

18.00 
Introduction and presentation
(To be confirmed) 

18.15 
The panel Discussion 

Queer(in)g Croydon | Exploring the potential towards a common place

Panelists:
Almass Badat
Ana Benlloch
Mandisa Apena
Fahmida Islam
Anisha Jagoni
+others

19.00- 19:20
 Q&A to be chaired by Ruhul Abdin
Followed by live music by Tom and Jett of the Ninetales Collective & refreshments
Other performers to be confirmed

20:00
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