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.
May
10
Thu
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science @ Peltz Gallery
May 10 – Jun 11 all-day
Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science @ Peltz Gallery

Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science delivers an international programme that uses art and public debates to raise awareness about the important impact hormone therapies can have. It explores the theme of hormone use and abuse, both in the past and in the present.

Jun
5
Tue
Testo Junkie: Hormones, power, and resistance in the pharmacopornographic regime @ Wellcome Collection
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm
Testo Junkie: Hormones, power, and resistance in the pharmacopornographic regime @ Wellcome Collection | England | United Kingdom

In this lecture, Preciado will explore the invention and commercialisation of hormones, and the shift from disciplinary modes of production of sexual subjectivity towards a new regime of gender fabrication and re-organisation of the heterosexual norm.

Jun
27
Wed
Authenticity – for LGBTQI+ students who want a career in the city @ TBC
Jun 27 @ 3:00 pm
Authenticity - for LGBTQI+ students who want a career in the city @ TBC | England | United Kingdom

uthentiCity is an event is supported by Stonewall, created exclusively for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*+) students, who are looking to explore different career opportunities in the City of London.

Students will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from seven renowned firms. Each company will provide a valuable insight into their work, they will share their experiences of being LGBT* in the workplace and give students all the tips they need to gain future employment. The day will show students just how much they can accomplish whilst remaining true to who they are.

All the details you need to know…

When: 27th June 2018, 3pm – 7pm
Where: City of London. Exact address to be announced once your application has been approved. Travel expenses are reimbursed up to the value of £75 as we welcome applications from all over the UK.
Participating firms: Accenture, Aviva, BCLP, JLL, J.P. Morgan, KMPG and M&G Investments.
To apply, visit: https://authenticity-event.com/
Follow the event: @AuthCityLondon on Twitter #AuthCityLGBT

Last year, 26% of students who attended one of our events went onto be employed by one of the firms. Additionally, each student has their CV sent to the firms prior to the event, which is a fantastic opportunity to network with the representatives.

Jun
28
Thu
“This first summer month…” A Celebration of The Ruba’iya’t of Omar Khayya’m @ St Ethelburga's Centre,
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"This first summer month..." A Celebration of The Ruba'iya't of Omar Khayya'm @ St Ethelburga's Centre,

A Celebration of Liberation – of Genius awakening genius, of Light and delight.
Celebrating an enlightening and very entertaining world famous poem which has sold millions of copies ever since it was translated, adapted and published anonymously in 1859 by the gay suffolk born anglo-irish genius Edward FitzGerald 1809 – 1883.
“The eloquence of quatrain is the completion of sublimity” Persian saying

Jul
3
Tue
Wirework @ Tristan Bates Theatre
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 7 @ 8:30 pm
Wirework @ Tristan Bates Theatre | England | United Kingdom

Set in a remote South African village, a reclusive older woman, outrages her Afrikaans neighbours by collaborating with a local shepherd to turn her family home into an extraordinary piece of art.

Based on the true story of Helen Martins and Koos Malgas and their creation, ‘The Owl House’.

Inspired by images from pictures and postcards, their world becomes dominated by form and colour. In her struggle to find the ‘light’, Helen looks towards Mecca as Koos faces the reality of apartheid prejudice and survival.

BRITISH PREMIERE, first performed in South Africa, 2009

Supported by Arts Council England.

Written by Daleen Kruger. Translated by Idil Sheard.
Directed by Jessica Higgs http://jessicahiggs.org/biography/

Matinee shows: Thurs 5th July & Sat 7th July: 2:30pm

Aug
8
Wed
Woof @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Woof @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Two years ago, two of the UK’s now finest Drag Kings simultaneously began their cabaret journey, attempting to take it by storm. Through their struggles and barriers as two trans bodies, and in the case of Chiyo – being QTIPOC, these two best friends have decided it’s time to take on a night of their own.

INTRODUCING… WOOF. The night for the stray mutts. It’s time to redefine what is sexy.

WOOF: Redefining Sexy is a smoking hot celebration of alternative/neo burlesque and drag; serving sex and smut. It’s a platform showcasing performers who do not fit the cookie cutter mold of the typical definition of sexy! [Read: those who do not fit the mold of skinny able-bodied cis white man].

We exist to dismantle these barriers that tell us we aren’t good enough.

YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE LINE-UP WE HAVE IN STORE FOR YOUR GORGEOUS ASSES!

Special WOOF performances from:

Rhys’ Pieces

Rubyyy Jones

Zayn Phallic

Soroya Marchelle

Hosted by straight up sexy, Chiyo!

Plus performances from Woof creators, Chiyo and Benjamin Butch!

Smut Bucks will also be available to buy on the door so you can tip the performers if you wish!

If you are a lover of underwear, sexxx, dismantling the cis white patriarchy, neo-burlesque and alternative drag, WOOF.

Doors open at 7pm
Tickets £8/£6 advance and £10/£8 on the door.
Tickets available here: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/1590/woof-tickets

Sep
22
Sat
DEEP TRASH Escoria @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm
DEEP TRASH Escoria @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

DEEP TRASH Escoria
Saturday 22 September 2018
at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
20:00-02:00 (last entry midnight)
£10/12

The legendary East London exhibition-cum-performance club night Deep Trash is back, with an episode entirely dedicated to the worldwide Spanish-speaking and Latinx contexts…. Bienvenidxs to… DEEP TRASH Escoria!

With never before seen performances in the UK, Deep Trash Escoria will take you through acts that consist of subversive flamenco, indigenous counteractions, radical analities, border-crossing resistance, Spanish anti-nationalisms and Latinx burlesque. Immerse yourself in a parallel exhibition of kuir, feminista y transmaricabollo cultures from across the globe: from ecosexual criticism to Frida Khalo’s re-stagings, from cyborgian pre-Hispanic sexual hybrids to contemporary drag, trans & non-binary lives – from Colombia to Uruguay and beyond!

Dressing up (or undressing) is highly encouraged.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/260041158157497/
Web: https://cuntemporary.org/deep-trash-escoria/

Sep
26
Wed
WITCiH Presents: The State of Gender? @ The Barge House
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 28 @ 11:00 pm
WITCiH Presents: The State of Gender? @ The Barge House

WITCiH – The State of Gender? is a three-night festival at The Barge House, Dalston from 26th-28th September 2018 celebrating Women, Technology & Creativity

WITCiH has commissioned four new music based audiovisual works created by four new up & coming artists, which will receive their world premiere at the festival.

Topping the bill each will be a star guest performer or lecturer talking about their own unique journey through creative tech.

FULL LISTINGS

WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
Chagall
Bishi
Miri Kat

THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
Dr. Di Mainstone
Bishi
Lia Mice
Vicky O’Neon

FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
Gazelle Twin {Special Lecture}
Bishi
Rebekah Ubuntu

Funded by the PRS Foundation, this is the inauguration of WITCiH as a commissioning platform.

WITCiH believes in increasing visibility for Women in the creative industries. WITCiH believes ‘The State Of Gender?’ is constantly evolving and needs questioning as the tech industries develop and pushes women to the forefront of change.

Everyone is Welcome.

Oct
4
Thu
Suicide Prevention Awareness Training @ Clifford Chance
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Suicide Prevention Awareness Training @ Clifford Chance | England | United Kingdom

Every 85 minutes, someone dies from suicide in the UK and the risk is elevated for LGBT adolescents. There were 6,188 suicides in 2015 in the UK, compared with 1,730 deaths by traffic accidents. 31 people drowned in the Thames in 2015, which is double the number of cyclist deaths in London.

The location and distinctive infrastructure of the City and Canary Wharf can provide different vehicles for suicide; the City of London Corporation and Business Healthy are committed to playing a core role in reducing this tragic loss of life, with the help and support of the local business community. This collaboration is vital to guaranteeing the success of preventative measures.

The causes of suicide are complex and approximately 90 per cent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health problem at their time of death. Whatever the circumstances, suicide has a profound effect on entire communities, including those within a workplace.

Following well-attended sessions held in the past, Business Healthy and the Samaritans, supported by Clifford Chance, are hosting another suicide prevention awareness training session, aimed at those looking after health and wellbeing, facilities or security, within businesses of all sizes in the City and Canary Wharf.

The Samaritans-led workshop aims to equip individuals with the tools to identify mental illness among staff members they have responsibility for, such as core listening skills, to build resilient teams and to either provide support themselves or to be able signpost team members to existing services, ensuring that for those experiencing problems, suicide is not the way out.

Spaces are limited, and are reserved on a first come, first served basis. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Half of all profits from the training session will be donated to Samaritans’ Central London branch.

Here is some feedback we’ve received from previous attendees:
•”Excellent session and very informative”
•”This is a difficult subject that was communicated with compassion and sensitivity to provide a valuable learning experience”
•”Even though I have experience in this field, the training has increased and added to my understanding”
•”In the organisation I work in we already deliver ‘managing mental health’ workshops and this workshop was a lovely refresher and CPD”
•”Knowledgeable speakers and good Q&A session”
•”Makes me see how important it is to step in if you see someone who looks like they’re suicidal”
•”I would like this to be available to everyone in my organisation”

Speakers:

•Will Skinner, Regional Partnerships Officer, Samaritans

•Karen Gill, Deputy Director – Mentoring at Inner South West London branch, Samaritans

•Further speakers TBC

Outline:

8:30am: Arrival and breakfast

8:45am – 10:15am: Workshop, including Q&A

10:15am – 10:30am: Networking

10:30am: Close

Please note that refunds will not be permitted for tickets purchased.

Oct
6
Sat
QUEER MIGRANT TAKEOVER: DEEPER ROUTES @ Rich Mix
Oct 6 all-day
QUEER MIGRANT TAKEOVER: DEEPER ROUTES @ Rich Mix

A one-day festival celebrating co-existence, the historical contributions of migrant and refugee artists and contemporary performance makers that are exploring their migrant and queer identities in their art.

Deeper Routes is an artistic intervention, a celebration and a space for co-existence of multi-national queers and their allies who resist today’s ‘hostile’ political environment. The festival dives head-first into nuances of belonging and presence and will see artists, activists and DJs coming together for the first time to explore all of these concepts together.

EVENT LINKS
Website: https://www.richmix.org.uk/festivals/queer-migrant-takeover-deeper-routes
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/291567184971906/

Oct
17
Wed
SwanSong @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
SwanSong @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern

A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans, starring the leg-endary Lavinia Co-op, David Meyer and Nathanael Campbell. This bittersweet comedy with an opulent operatic soundtrack is staged site-specifically at the RVT as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival then travels to the Marlborough in Brighton.

A veteran of Gay Lib and no stranger to conflict, Joan dons battle dress with relish, seeking an ally in the young, gay but disappointingly conventional care assistant Craig for his attempt to overturn the heteronormativity of the care system. Then, in this most unlikely of settings, Joan is offered love by a gentleman called Jim…

‘Lavinia Co-op was perfect as Joan. It felt as if he had literally walked off the street and into the show. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished production: I confidently predict a crying audience, standing ovations and excellent reviews for what is a really beautiful and emotional story with a strong message that comes straight from the heart.’ LondonTheatre1, on a reading of SwanSong in the King’s Head Theatre’s Queer Festival ‘17

Photograph of Lavinia Co-op © Justin David

Oct
27
Sat
Albert Kennedy Create Your Future Youth Conference @ Salesforce
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Albert Kennedy Create Your Future Youth Conference @ Salesforce | England | United Kingdom

The Albert Kennedy Trust invites people aged 16-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or gender diverse, queer or part of the amazing rainbow community to a one-day national conference.

Bringing together young people from across the United Kingdom, you are invited to a series of amazing panels and workshops looking at how we create the futures we want to see for ourselves, our communities and our world.

This event is free to attend, and there is travel support available.

We aim to make this event as accessible as possible. The venue is wheelchair accessible and we are committed to working with you around access needs.

Nov
14
Wed
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Nov 14 – Nov 17 all-day
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre | England | United Kingdom

Nathan Evans takes a comic and poetic look at a pair of botched departures from forty-year unions: the UK’s exit from Europe, bien sûr, and Nathan’s British-born, Brittany-residing, Brexit-supporting father’s departure from the state of matrimony. A brand new solo show marrying the personal and political, spoken word and storytelling, music and film.

‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt

In 2002, having worked decades in a job he hated to raise three then twenty-something sons, Nathan’s Dad took redundancy, sold his semi-detached in Medway and bought a farmhouse in Brittany. The only French he knew was ‘oui’. Nathan’s Mum took the passenger seat, reluctantly.

In 2016, the UK voted ‘non’ to the EU, dividing the nation (and family dinner tables) almost down the middle. In 2018, as Viola! begins, those separation negotiations are due to end and this new work-in-progress marrying personal and political, spoken word and storytelling, music and film, will reflect upon the cultural and generational divisions we are left with upon leaving.

Photo Credit: Justin David

Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Nov 14 – Nov 17 all-day
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre | England | United Kingdom

Britain is bowing out of Europe. Nathan’s British-born, Brittany-residing, Brexit-supporting Dad has closed the curtain on his marriage. Well, sort of. A pair of botched departures from forty-year unions. A metaphor waiting to happen. Part of Voila! Festival 2018.

‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt on Flights of Fancy, Soho Theatre 2017

In 2002, Nathan’s Dad sold his semi in Medway, bought a farmstead en France and left the country. Nathan’s Mum took the passenger seat, reluctantly. In 2012, Dad left her in the middle of Breton nowhere (without a car). And Nathan had to play ‘Michel Barnier’ in the separation negotiations.
In 2016, the UK voted non to the EU, dividing the nation (and dinner tables) down the middle. In 2018, as Viola! begins, those separation negotiations will end. This new show marrying personal and political, the humorous and the heartfelt through spoken word, storytelling, music and film will reflect on the social and generational divisions we’re left with upon leaving.
‘a beautiful story with a strong message that comes straight from the heart’ LondonTheatre on SwanSong, King’s Head Theatre 2017

Nov
16
Fri
Bar Wotever Bonanza @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Nov 16 all-day

Friday 16th November, Bar Wotever Bonanza is BACK! At the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, bringing some of our favourite acts we have witness at Bar Wotever ove the past few months!

Get your tickets here:
https://www.outsavvy.com/event/1970/bar-wotever-bonanza-tickets

Nov
22
Thu
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Nov
23
Fri
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 23 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Nov
24
Sat
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503
Nov 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Really Want To Hurt Me @ Theatre503 | England | United Kingdom

Devon, 1984. Constant pressure to be straight and act ‘masculine’ makes a schoolboy feel like he’s living in George Orwell’s “1984”. School bullies. Teenage heartache. Suicidal self-hatred. That accidental first orgasm with your best mate. Trying to tape the Top 40 off the radio without the DJ talking over the songs. Dancing defiantly to your Walkman to stay alive. A long time ago… But have things actually changed all that much? Do you really want to hurt me?

This dark comedy with dance sequences returns to Theatre503 after an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, featuring a classic soundtrack of Culture Club, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Kate Bush and more. It’s about escaping into the joys of music like your life depends on it – because in a way, it actually does.

Stonewall’s 2017 School Report study found that almost half of all LGBTQ pupils still face bullying, half regularly hear homophobic insults and many suffer from low self-worth, self-harm and attempt suicide. With growing public awareness of mental health issues, including for increasing numbers of emotionally isolated young men, Really Want To Hurt Me has strong relevance for today.

Judges’ Pick of the Festival at Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence (shortlisted)

Developed with support from Arts Council England and Soho Theatre Young Company

Flaming Theatre’s previous work includes Jarman Garden (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award finalist), a multimedia, devised production about filmmaker/artist Derek Jarman, at Riverside Studios.

Praise for Jarman Garden:
“A beautifully choreographed tour through Derek’s life and world” – Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys)
“A rollercoaster ride of sensations, a sublime interdisciplinary sensual assault” – The Times
One of Mark Shenton’s ‘5 Best Shows in London’

Ben SantaMaria

Ben’s work has appeared at venues including Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Assembly Hall in Edinburgh and ARC Stockton. Lulla reached the Top 100 for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award and Ben was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Court Playwriting Group.
Ben took part in the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and assistant directed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Howard Barker’s Wrestling School and Kali Theatre. His recent directing work includes co-directing After Orlando, for Chaskis Theatre at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Vaults.
His play Deathcamp [Homeland Jingle] was published in The Dionysian, and his book Cruising Culture is available from Edinburgh University Press.

Jan
8
Tue
SOUTH LONDON GAYS’ MEETING @ The Bread and Roses pub (Garden Bar)
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SOUTH LONDON GAYS' MEETING @ The Bread and Roses pub (Garden Bar)

My Life in the Theatre as Critic and Playwright: Nick de Jongh, former Guardian arts writer and Evening Standard chief theatre critic, talks about his involvement with the theatre and the writing of his plays and books, which include Plague over England, The Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca, Pricked Out, and Politics, Pruderies and Perversions about censorship, which won The Theatre Books Prize

Feb
1
Fri
1950s Pioneers @ LSE Library
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm

Discover ground breaking gay and transgender rights activists of the 1950s who inspired change with Alex Bakker on Christine Jorgensen and Malcolm Martin on Open Door.
Free – first come first served.

Talks:

Transgender Pioneers of the Fifties: a secret history
Alex Bakker
The fifties of the 20th century can be regarded as a kind of birthplace of modern trans identity. In December 1952 a media hype was born: Christine Jorgensen, a former GI from New York, had had sex reassignment surgery in Denmark. Jorgensen was the first transgender woman to receive such elaborate attention from the press, and the first to get both hormone treatment and surgical correction. Christine’s story was sensationally exploited but for transgender people all over the world it was also a landmark. Many of them had not even known how to understand their own feelings, thinking they were the only ones with this “craziness” inside them.

Open Door: The Start of a Campaign
Malcolm Martin
My presentation explores the untold story of a now-forgotten activist, Dr RD Reid and the tragic court case that prompted him to make what may have been the first public call for a campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in the UK. It’s a story that started in the Somerset town of Taunton in 1954. I’m writing a play, Open Door, about this story and plan to illustrate my talk with photographs (of Reid and of the prison cells) as well as readings of Reid’s letter and newspaper coverage of the case (found in the LAGNA archive) and material about other cases (found in the LSE Hall Carpenter archive).

In the Archives: A Glimpse of Hall-Carpenter @ LSE Library
Feb 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
In the Archives: A Glimpse of Hall-Carpenter @ LSE Library

Discover documents and other material from some of the organisations, such as Stonewall and Open Door, that are discussed in today’s talks in this pop up display. The display will be based on recommendations from the speakers in our Hub day and members of LSE Spectrum. Drop in.

Tower Hamlets LGBT History Month Launch Evening @ The Reach Community Hub
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Tower Hamlets LGBT History Month Launch Evening @ The Reach Community Hub

The Metropolitan Police, ELOP and Swan Housing would like to invite you to our LGBT History Month launch evening on Friday 1st February 2019. The evening starts at 18.30, with arrivals, refreshments and pre-event networking from 17.30 onwards.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

This year during LGBT History Month we will look at PEACE, RECONCILIATION, ACTIVISM and how this has impacted LGBT+ Communities.

We have fantastic guest speakers attending this year’s event, including;

• Charlotte Dobson, Senior Community Outreach Officer for Parliament in London
• Pliny Soocoormanee, Executive Assistant at the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
• Richard Desmond, Chair of Victoria Park Friends, Local Activist and Volunteer
• Linda Wilkinson, Award-winning Author, Playwright and Historian

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

National Portrait Gallery – Teachers Seminar – LGBT stories @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 1 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

This free seminar for primary and secondary teachers and educators will highlight LGBT stories and sitters in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection and explore how to bring these narratives into the classroom. Take a queer tour of the collection, hear from guest speakers and discuss with fellow teachers how to use portraiture to explore LGBT identities. Booking essential.

Activist Founders @ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Activist Founders @ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building

Discover the stories and people behind some of the first activist groups for LGBT+ rights from the people actually involved in their foundation Followed by a drinks reception 8-9.pm.

Talks:

Mary McIntosh: Britain’s Leading Feminist 1936-2013
Stuart Feather
This talk shows how the medical view of homosexuality was revolutionised by the part McIntosh played as an advisor to the Homosexual Law Reform Society when they were appealing to government to abolish the 1865 Offences against the persons Act. Mary McIntosh was Britain’s leading feminist and at the time of publication head of the Sociology Dept. at Leicester University.I will also be using oral history records of McIntosh’s interventions in the Gay Liberation Front particularly her contribution to the GLF Manifesto. The founding of the Women’s Gay Liberation Front and the effects those women had on Women’s Liberation.

A History of the London Gay Teenage Group; The first Gay Teenage Group in the world, or nearly!
Clifford Williams
Using LGBT Archives such as LSE and Bishopsgate Institute this presentation paints a picture of gay youth in the 1970s and 80s. The London Gay Teenage Group was started in 1976, providing an innovative and ground-breaking alternative for gay youngsters. It initially had little formed structure and was run by group members. In order to secure some funding the group set out on a challenging path to achieve recognised status as a youth group. In 1980 the Gay Youth Movement was born, helping other gay youth groups to spring up around the country.

Founding Stonewall – what happened?
Lisa Power
Personal testimony of the original founders of Stonewall in 1989 on the 30th anniversary of its founding. Who were we, why did we do it, how did we work together from widely differing backgrounds, what did we decide to include/exclude and what were the reactions of the rest of the late 80s lesbian & gay (as it was then) movement?

LGBT History Month 2019 Tower Hamlets Launch Evening @ The Reach Community Hub
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
2
Sat
We Do Good Disco presents: My Beautiful Film and Disco! @ The Broadway Theatre and Studio
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm
We Do Good Disco presents: My Beautiful Film and Disco! @ The Broadway Theatre and Studio

Come and have fun with the We Do Good Disco team on Saturday 2nd of February, as we kick off the LGBTQ+ history month in Lewisham with a film and disco extravaganza. In collaboration with our friends at The Broadway Theatre, we are proud to present an evening of film, fun and dancing, as we take over the Broadway Studio again to screen the wonderful My Beautiful Launderette (1985, dir Stephen Frears). In our side cinema we will be screening the comedy drama But I’m a Cheerleader (1999, dir Jamie Babbit). After the film the We Do Good female DJs will be playing great music until late. As usual, expect fun and games in the bar, DJ Doo Lang in the lounge and sequins and glitter on the dance floor! Dress: however you like but feel free to dress UP!

Club Kali LGBT History Month Party @ Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen
Feb 2 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 3:00 am
Club Kali LGBT History Month Party @ Jerusalem Bar & Kitchen

Join us to celebrate LGBT History Month as a Queer community. Let your Sparkle come out to Party with Pride, Unity & Diversity! Be whoever you want to be + enjoy a delicious Special Offer at Jerusalem – a cool complimentary glass of Prosecco for all fun Bolly-Pop Dance Class participants from 10pm! +Fabulous Live Performance by the spectacular Ebony Rose dark! +Club Kali’s DJ Ritu & Dj Dilz will be spinning your favourite dancefloor Bollywood to Hollywood dancefloor tunes til 3am. +Spectra London will be on our Community stall to offer testing, info and resources.

Feb
4
Mon
CIPD London Meet-up-Monday & LGBT+ History Month @ Balls Brothers Adams Court | Copper Bar
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
CIPD London Meet-up-Monday & LGBT+ History Month @ Balls Brothers Adams Court | Copper Bar

Join CIPD London at our first Meet-up-Monday of 2019 in a joint venture with CIPD’s LGBT+ Network in celebrating the start of LGBT+ History month. You’ll connect and network with other HR and L&D professionals across London. We’ll discuss some of the biggest priorities for LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and the wider world of work. You will be able to participate in facilitated networking sessions – all made more enjoyable by a few drinks.

Don’t miss a chance to create and develop your own HR and L&D support network.

Feb
7
Thu
Drawing Larry @ The Sparrowhawk Pub
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drawing Larry @ The Sparrowhawk Pub

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, starting with Drawing Larry at The Sparrowhawk.

Larry Marks is Peace. He is the Age of Aquarius, and will be modelling nude to the spirit of the flower child era.

All abilities welcome, relaxed and informal. Drinks and food available at the bar. 18+

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Feb
8
Fri
Guest DJ – Mr Madam @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Guest DJ - Mr Madam @ National Portrait Gallery

DJ Mr Madam combines a range of musical styles to create his sets; from Thomas Tallis to Gracie Fields, Grace Jones to John Barry, Duke Ellington to Lord Creator; if you can hum it, he will try and play it.

Faber at 90: Poetry Reading by Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Faber at 90: Poetry Reading by Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan @ National Portrait Gallery

To celebrate Faber and Faber’s 90th anniversary, Faber poets Richard Scott and Mary Jean Chan read work from their current collections and the work of other Faber poets who have inspired them, including Thom Gunn

This is a National Portrait Gallery event in conjunction with Faber Members, in Faber’s 90th Anniversary year.

Richard Scott grew up in London and studied at the Royal College of Music and at Goldsmiths College. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry mentee, and a member of the Poetry Trust Aldeburgh Eight. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho, his first book of poetry, is shortlisted for the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong who currently lives in London. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English (ignitionpress 2018), is the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Mary Jean is a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, and is an editor of Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2019.

Feb
9
Sat
OUTing the Past Festival – National Maritime Museum, Greenwich @ National Maritime Museum
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As part of LGBT History Month the National Maritime Museum will be hosting the national festival, OUTing the Past, an evening of free talks by speakers from around the UK and Ireland.

Our chosen theme for this year’s festival will explore the experiences and perspectives of queer youth at different points in history. This evening is guaranteed to ignite community spirit and general curiosity by revealing powerful political ideologies and social accounts from urban landscapes and marginalised groups in the UK.

Our speakers will bring to the surface important queer histories and advocate for the young people whose voices are not easily heard – drawing from personal experiences and dynamic visual examples.

Join us to experience some rich and diverse conversations at the National Maritime Museum.

Speakers: Clifford Williams, Peter Scott-Presland, Emily Jeffers, Laura Harmon

Guest Host: Sculptor Eve Shepherd

Feb
12
Tue
Drastik Measures is Starkers at The Glory @ The Glory
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drastik Measures is Starkers at The Glory @ The Glory

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, continuing with Drastik Measures as Starkers at The Glory.

Drastik is Reconciliation. Modelling nude, she will be channeling the essence of those early disco divas who proved anyone can be anything, and everyone is beautiful, on the dark, divine dance floor.

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Pub doors 5pm. 18+.

HistoryHit Live @ The British Academy
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In this special Valentine’s Day edition of History Hit LIVE, Dan Snow is joined by special guests for an exploration of love and romance across the ages. Chris Laoutaris will discuss Shakespeare and love, while Laura Doan will explore female homosexuality in World War One and Two. Come and spend an evening with historians, history fans, and anyone in the mood for amour.

Laugh It OUT! @ The Gallery Cafe
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Laugh It OUT! @ The Gallery Cafe

Comedy Event for LGBT History Month

Chloe Petts of The LOL Word Presents Laugh It OUT

In aid of ELOP and The Outside Project

SOUTH LONDON GAYS’ MEETING @ The Bread and Roses pub (Garden Bar)
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SOUTH LONDON GAYS' MEETING @ The Bread and Roses pub (Garden Bar)

Sex Education, Past and Present : When CHE and GLF started their campaigns in the early 70s to get the subject of homosexuality into schools, little did they know the minefield they were stepping into.  For nearly 150 years ‘sex education’ had been a battleground in the war fought between the permissive progressives and the prohibiting reactionaries. Peter Scott-Presland charts the story of the great battles around the issues of sex education – battles for which at least one person paid with her life.

Feb
13
Wed
“Our History is Your History”: Celebrating LGBT+ equality, diversity and inclusion in Southwark @ Yalding Healthy Living Centre
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
"Our History is Your History": Celebrating LGBT+ equality, diversity and inclusion in Southwark @ Yalding Healthy Living Centre

Delivered by older LGBT+ trainers and facilitators from Opening Doors London, this half-day workshop, delivered free of charge as part of national LGBT+ History Month, celebrates the lives of older LGBT+ people, and explores the health and social care challenges faced by the local LGBT+ community as they approach older age.

 Be briefed on 50 years of LGBT+ social history and criminalisation that shaped lives
 Hear first-hand real-life stories of growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans
 Get the latest research into LGBT+ demographics, and LGBT+ community issues
 Understand the particular health and social care needs of older LGBT+ people
 Take away free resources, video links and good-practice guides to share with friends, family, work colleagues and social networks

Feb
14
Thu
Deptford Heritage Festival Production and staging LGBTQ civil rights play #Liberty @ Zion Baptist Chapel
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
Deptford Heritage Festival Production and staging LGBTQ civil rights play  #Liberty @ Zion Baptist Chapel

Deptford Heritage Festival from 1-28 Delighted to be staging the little known but true story of Kath Duncan and how the LGBTQ and Civil rights movement was fought and won in 1930s Britain that laid the ground work for The National Council of Civil Liberties ( Liberty ) Play is 14 shows from 14 ( Valentines day) -28 February 2019. Tickets make great gifts at £15 with @seetickets & @ticketsauce NOW

Feb
15
Fri
Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century @ St Mary's University / Strawberry Hill House
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day
Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century @ St Mary's University / Strawberry Hill House

This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century, and features keynotes from Walpole’s biographer, George Haggerty, and Matthew Reeve, who has written extensively on Gothic architecture, sexuality & aesthetics.

Hosted in partnership with Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill in west London, the conference will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-February 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection. There will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition during the conference.

Confirmed speakers
Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Canada)
George Haggerty (University of California, Riverside)
Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University)
Ulf R Hansson (University of Texas at Austin)
Daniel Orrells (Kings College London)
Maurice Howard (University of Sussex)
We invite papers exploring any aspect of queer history, culture, heritage and writing of the ‘long’ eighteenth century; there will be a particular but not exclusive focus on Horace Walpole and his circle. Please see the full Call for Papers below.

The conference will take place in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian Gothic rooms of Strawberry Hill, and there will be a formal dinner in Strawberry Hill House.

The Berto Pasuka Lecture 2019: Portrait of a Black Queer Briton by David McAlmont @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Berto Pasuka Lecture 2019: Portrait of a Black Queer Briton by David McAlmont @ National Portrait Gallery

BlackOut UK & The National Portrait Gallery Present:
The Inaugural Berto Pasuka Lecture & Prize Launch.

Celebrated as one of the most exquisite voices in British music, vocalist and songwriter David McAlmont marks 25 years of international artistic contributions and achievements by giving an illuminating overview of his career and more recent historical academic research and achievements focused on extraordinary people who challenged conventions of sexuality and gender both in their lives and in the places they created and inhabited.

The Pasuka Lecture and Prize, named in honour of the pioneering dancer, choreographer, Jamaican migrant to Britain, and Black gay man, Berto Pasuka (1911-1963), celebrate pioneering contributions to the arts. The Lecture and Prize honour and celebrate creative work that unapologetically confronts and challenges conventional narratives around race and sexuality that amplify the existence of voices too often hidden and unheard in cultural spaces. The appointment as Chair of the Prize Panel and the invitation to give the Inaugural Pasuka Lecture crystallises David’s collaborative work with BlackOut UK to amplify the presence of Black Queer people in cultural spaces.

Feb
16
Sat
Pink Proms @ Normansfield Theatre
Feb 16 all-day
Pink Proms @ Normansfield Theatre

Free musical event performed by the London Gay Symphonic Winds and compared by comedian Cally Beaton in celebration of LGBT History Month

Feb
20
Wed
REPUBLICA @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
REPUBLICA @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda
In collaboration with Emma Frankland

Republica is an energetic and sexy lament for the untold story of the Spanish Revolution, as seen through the eyes of a stripper, a flamenco dancer and a punk guitarist.

Inspired by the historical events that immediately precede the Spanish Civil War, Republica celebrates the achievements and ideals of The Second Republic (1931-1936). This period represents the most extreme of social and political transitions, from feudal monarchist dictatorship to arguably the most progressive government ever. With the rise of divisive politics across the world, this show promises to forever break The Pact of Forgetting and is a timely examination of the last time the idealist actually won.

Republica is a multi-disciplined and frenetic deconstruction of history brought to you by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda in collaboration with Emma Frankland.

★★★★ The Guardian on Don Quijote
★★★★ “A whirlwind of joyous disintegration” Time Out on Don Quijote

THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
THE MORNING AFTER THE LIFE BEFORE @ Omnibus Theatre

A groggy Sunday morning, May 24th 2015 as 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother: “How’s the morning after the life before?”

Gúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi award winning, The Morning After The Life Before. A personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins.

Written by Ann Blake, directed by Paul Meade, performed by Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth, The Morning After The Life Before is a light-hearted, playful telling of a true story. Be prepared for music, cake and equality.

Winner of Best Production, London Ontario Fringe 2017

Winner of The Centaur Award: Best English Language Production, Montreal Fringe 2017

Nomination LGBTQ+ Award, Brighton Fringe 2018

Life Drawing Late @ The Paxton Centre
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Life Drawing Late @ The Paxton Centre

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, continuing with a special Life Drawing Late. Theme, Activism.

The nude life model will be inspired by personalities who protested against institutional homophobia and fought discrimination with placards, marches and raised voices.

Join us for a life drawing event supreme!

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Feb
21
Thu
LGBT History Month Literary Event – Is Monogamy Dead? @ Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
Feb 21 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
LGBT History Month Literary Event - Is Monogamy Dead? @ Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Comedian, writer and broadcaster Rosie Wilby presents a mixture of talk, discussion and highlights from her stand-up show Is Monogamy Dead? which eventually became her award-shortlisted book of the same name.

Feb
22
Fri
LGBT Great Bitesize Learning: The power of LGBT+ and ally role models @ LGBT Great
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
LGBT Great Bitesize Learning: The power of LGBT+ and ally role models @ LGBT Great

Role models can authentic how inclusive an organisation culture is and act as a beacon of inspiration to aspiring talent. Project 1000 has made a good start in under-covering some of the fantastic talent that exists in the asset management sector which was not visible before. The impact of this is that an increasing number of people wish to get involved which will demonstrate appetite for progress across firms.

Given that the asset management industry is considerably less visibly diverse than other sectors, there is an opportunity for role models to have an even greater impact. How do you gain buy-in from leadership stakeholders? How do you inspire others to be role models? How do you create a culture of allyship?

We will also provide you with a number of takeaways for you to take back to your firms. The session will be documented in a bitesize white paper and distributed to participants to produce a framework for discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

This facilitated discussion will seek to explore the psychological impact of role models in inspiring people. We will consider the context of Project 1000 and other case studies and explore opportunities to build on this further.

As a result of this session you will attending be able to:

Explain the impact of role models.
Understand how to be an inspiration to others.
Appreciate the need to increase role model presence in our sector.
List 5 ways of how to be an ally.
Explain how leadership can effect results.

Guest DJ: John Sizzle @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Guest DJ: John Sizzle @ National Portrait Gallery

‘The Gallery is a special, quite sacred space so I like to start off with something gentle and soothingly familiar before moving onto more challenging and experimental pieces. What is being exhibited and even the weather are taken into account as these will inform people’s mood and how they will digest my set. I also like to make people smile so something daft like The Pink Panther theme tune always raises a chuckle. Do not be scared of the drag! I’m basically a clown and I’m there to entertain so come over for a chat!’

THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 22 @ 9:00 pm
THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB @ Omnibus Theatre

The Cocoa Butter Club presents a one-off Queer Cabaret showcasing and celebrating performers of colour, from neo-burlesque and poetry, to drag, hoops and voguing.

February can be hard so come and let your hair down and celebrate QTIPOC at our best!!!

Lotion up, baby, because Sadie Sinner The Songbird will bring you a night bold enough to have you screaming ‘yaaaaas queen, smell like cocoa butter up in hurr!’

Feb
23
Sat
TINY LGBTQ+ SHOWS @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day
TINY LGBTQ+ SHOWS @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by The Larder

William Faulkner advised writers: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is all about taking chances. A building full of LGBTQ+ theatre makers will spontaneously create tons of tiny little pieces of theatre, with people they have probably only just met.

The spontaneity of the process is what makes this a great opportunity to experiment and try a new technique, new process, or even a new craft: writers perform, performers direct, directors write.

Using Harrison Owen’s ‘Open Space Technology’, a method by which large groups can self-organise, a great diversity of both experience and material is created. Participants walk in with nothing prepared, except a willingness to be surprised by what might happen; by the end of the second day, we are a creative collective offering a selection of tiny handmade confections to a roaming audience.

In essence, Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is a celebration of collaboration, connection and creativity.

“Exhausting, frenzied, funny, touching, human, daring, experimenting, ukulele-ing, sweating. laughing, encouraging, love, respect, celebration, and whatever the word is for when you think you’re going to be frightened and nervous and useless and then it just doesn’t happen like that and everything is amazing.” – previous Tiny Shows participant.

Content warning: devised, improvised work may spontaneously include sexual content and diverse triggers.

Feb
26
Tue
96 Festival @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 – Mar 24 all-day
96 Festival @ Omnibus Theatre

96 Festival is back by popular demand! A glittering lineup of artists will set up camp at Omnibus Theatre for a spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre.

A no holds barred extravaganza of cabaret, drag, burlesque, theatre, music, art and activism; 96 Festival has been conceived in remembrance and celebration of the iconic Pride party on Clapham Common in 1996

LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 – Mar 24 all-day
LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by Critical Mass and Paul Virides Productions. Written and directed by Sarah Chew

So, I live with this geeky, kind of brilliant boy.

Every night, the clock chimes midnight, and this boy turns into the most beautiful woman in  all the world.

It’s gorgeous.

Just, it’s a fairytale.

And that makes me scared that it’s bollocks.

London, Summer 2010. Orla and Mark cordially invite you to the grand opening of their fabulous new drag bar.

There’s one problem. Orla has just returned from witnessing a failed revolution. By accident.

Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran is a story of rage, redemption and  weaponised  whimsy, which straddles Tehran, Derry and London.

Artwork credit Flavia Fraser Cannon

Mar
8
Fri
LGBTQ+ history and collections at the Bishopsgate Institute @ The National Archives
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm
LGBTQ+ history and collections at the Bishopsgate Institute @ The National Archives

Bishopsgate Institute has been documenting the history and lives of the LGBTQ+ Community in the UK since 2011, when it became home to the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive; a national collection of over 300,000 press cuttings from the straight press covering all aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer experience from the late nineteenth century to the present. We celebrate LGBT History Month with this talk by Stef Dickers, Special Collections and Archives Manager at the Bishopsgate Institute, who will delve into the amazing stories, experiences and vibrancy behind the rich LGBTQ+ collections held by the Bishopsgate Library.

Mar
23
Sat
24/7 LIVE @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 23 all-day
24/7 LIVE @ Omnibus Theatre

Join British-Chinese pop artist LE FIL as he, she or it explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, desire and objectification through a fusion of gender-bending performance art, hip-thrusting dance, twisted autobiography and kaleidoscopic pop music from his Nightlife EP.

This pop-gig-with-extras opens its doors to cruising toilets, bad romances and the modern constructions of gender that package us up for consumption. Armed with killer hooks and queer looks, LE FIL is ready to smash gender stereotypes one song at a time.

Try before you buy folks, it’s open 24/7… how will you have yours?