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
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

Jan
17
Thu
Grindr: The Opera @ Above The Stag Theatre
Jan 17 – Feb 23 all-day
Grindr: The Opera @ Above The Stag Theatre

Grindr: The Opera! puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, Grindr: The Opera! is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: Grindr.

Jan
23
Wed
Global Queer Voices play submission @ Arcola Theatre
Jan 23 – Feb 14 all-day
Global Queer Voices play submission @ Arcola Theatre

Global Voices Play Submission: Global Queer Voices at Arcola Theatre

Global Voices Theatre is a platform introducing international theatre by often under-represented playwrights in the UK. We curate one-off evenings of rehearsed readings, showcasing excerpts of plays from around the globe. Collaborating with local creatives, Global Voices is a bridge between UK venues, theatre makers and playwrights from around the globe.
Global Queer Voices will premiere excerpts of plays in translation and from the wider English-speaking world. We are welcoming submissions from all LGBT+ identifying playwrights that are based (or previously resided) outside of the UK, or who are part of the international community.

The performances of rehearsed excerpts will be taking place on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Arcola Theatre.

We are looking for plays from contexts beyond the UK; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.

Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters; and must be in, or translated into, English.

If you are submitting a play that has been translated and if the play or translation is still under copyright, you must ensure that both the playwright and the translator (or the relevant rights-holders) give their authorisation for the translation to be submitted and to participate. This is a paid opportunity, dependent on funding.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 12 noon, 14th February 2019

Feb
1
Fri
The Queer Tapestry @ UCL, North Cloisters
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
The Queer Tapestry @ UCL, North Cloisters

Exhibition celebrating the many LGBTQ+ alumni who have studied and worked at UCL. Discover something new about UCL’s queer past!

Zachari Logan, MOCA London Web Exhibitions @ MOCA London
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Zachari Logan, MOCA London Web Exhibitions @ MOCA London

MOCA London Web Exhibitions: Zachari Logan

MOCA London is presenting a series of
Web Exhibitions, hosted on our site.
www.moca.london/webexhibitions

The artists have been invited to curate their own online exhibition with images or a video. During their exhibition period, we will also upload images/videos on our Instagram profile.
@moca_London
The First Artist:
Zachari Logan

Canadian artist Zachari Logan works mainly with large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation practices, evolving a visual language that explores intersections between identity, memory and place. Through a strategy of visual quotation, mined from place and experience, Logan engages empirical explorations of landscape, figuration, and overlapping art-historic motifs, re-wilding his body as an expression of queerness.

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.

Loudest Whispers & Camden and Islington LGBT History Month Launch @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Loudest Whispers & Camden and Islington LGBT History Month Launch @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital

Over LGBT +40 artists celebrate 10 years of achievements in London’s unique opportunity for professional and self taught artists. New artists combine with established artists including Simon Croft, Richard Field and Simon Richardson to display new developments through the support of THE ARTS PROJECT.

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
Loudest Whispers Cabaret @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Loudest Whispers Cabaret @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital

Description (75 words max)

SHOWMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE ALEX GREEN PRESENTS A CABARET CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF LGBT HISTORY AND LW ACHIEVEMENTS WITH SONG AND DANCE ACTS INCLUDING BLUES SINGER BEE ORORO, COUNTRY & WESTERN SENSATION SARAH VISTA.

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.

‘We Have Rather Been Invaded’ (2017) Section 28 Film showing @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm
'We Have Rather Been Invaded' (2017) Section 28 Film showing @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library

The film includes the ‘lesbian invasion’ of the BBC six o’clock news in 1988. Comprised of a roundtable discussion with activists and educators interspersed with archival materials, the video examines the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation that prohibited local authorities and state schools in the UK from ‘promoting homosexuality’.

The 39 min film includes the ‘lesbian invasion’ of the BBC Six O’Clock News in 1988 and will be followed by a Q&A with Ed Webb-Ingall.

Feb
5
Tue
A Musical Night @ West Herts College
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Musical Night @ West Herts College

Our names are Beth, Sam and Jeremy, and together, we form BS Productions. We are currently college students at West Herts College, Watford. We are putting on a fundraising event for the LGBT Foundation. We chose this charity as February is LGBT History Month, so is a great time to celebrate, and donate to, the LGBT Foundation

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.

PRIDE AND MUSIC @ St John's Church, Waterloo
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm
PRIDE AND MUSIC @ St John's Church, Waterloo

A unique concert of music of all genres, to celebrate the creativity of LGBT artists. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged for piano (4 hands), Ethel Smythe’s String Quartet, Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) and Britney Spears’ Toxic, arranged for 4 bassoons, plus dazzling new pieces by young composers, and the Purcell School’s New Music Ensemble, PRISM. Absolutely incredible school-age musicians and composers – you have to hear them to believe it!

Radical Readers: Giovanni’s Room book group special @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm
Radical Readers: Giovanni's Room book group special @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library

Join the Radical Readers reading group to discuss Giovanni’s Room, a classic of Gay literature by James Baldwin.

In 1956 Baldwin’s publisher suggested that he “burn” Giovanni’s Room because of the theme of homosexuality. However, the book has now been ranked number 2 on a list of the best 100 gay and lesbian novels of all time. For a copy of the book please contact the library on 020 7926 1056.

Feb
9
Sat
An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literature @ Bishopsgate Intitute
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Literature @ Bishopsgate Intitute

Literature has often been a source of strength for LGBTQ people, of validation or understanding, and a space to enjoy the beauty in same-sex attraction. Part historical overview and part literary analysis, this course will examine LGBTQ literature through the decades. Beginning with ‘hidden histories’ of queer literature forced to hide its identity, through the liberation era, the response to devastation from AIDS, towards contemporary works, this course will chart a history of LGBTQ literature.

This course / event is part of our programme of activities marking LGBT History Month 2019.

Drag Queen Storytime @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm
Drag Queen Storytime @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library

Drag Queen Story Time is where fairy tales come to life. Presented by real Queens. This event will capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood.

By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, DQST allows children to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish. Where dress up is real.

With songs, arts and crafts and storytime – there’s fun to be had for all ages. It’s a standard storytime, with a bit of extra glitter.

LGBT+ fair @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT+ fair @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library

Arts, crafts, books and more at Tate South Lambeth Library’s LGBT+ Fair.

The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library’s own arts and craft fairs have become a popular feature of the neighbourhood, this time with a gay flair! We’ve got a rainbow cake competition and stalls from Books Peckham’s special selection of LGBTQ+ books and comics, Glad to be Gay, Solidarity Not Charity and beautiful artwork from Sumena Owen and Ashley Howard.

Enter our cake competition! Make a rainbow cake and bring it along for 12noon on the day. Judging and prize giving for the best cake at 2pm. There’s a few stalls left for the taking get in touch with Colette at CTownend2@lambeth.gov.uk if you’d like to sell your LGBT+ wares!

The Fair kicks off with LEAP’s Drag Queen Storytime so it’ll be a thoroughly family friendly big Gay day out in the library.

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
Bar Wotever 12th February with Kemah Bob! @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm

A night of queer cabaret, comedy, drag and music with community news and a talk by Gendered Intelligence!

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
[title of show] @ Above The Stag Theatre
Feb 13 – Mar 10 all-day
[title of show] @ Above The Stag Theatre

A musical comedy about writing a musical comedy!

Jeff and Hunter have just three weeks to write a musical! So they recruit some friends and pull off the impossible, getting selected for a prestigious musical theatre festival. But that’s when the egos start to clash, and everything begins to unravel…

Drag Queen Storytime @ West Norwood Library @ West Norwood Library
Feb 13 @ 10:30 am

Drag Queen Story Time is where fairy tales come to life. Presented by real Queens. This event will capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood.

By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, DQST allows children to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish. Where dress up is real.

With songs, arts and crafts and storytime – there’s fun to be had for all ages. It’s a standard storytime, with a bit of extra glitter.

“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

OUTing the past, OUT in the Archives @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm
OUTing the past, OUT in the Archives @ Bishopsgate Institute

Hear from speakers on a range of LGBTQ+ subjects, and explore the queer histories that can be found in the Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives at this special event.

Speakers

Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus Harvey Milk Institute, founder of LGBT History Month and Chair of Schools OUT.

Natasha Walker, Better Connected – The History of Switchboard

Stuart Feather, Mary McIntosh: Britain’s Leading Feminist 1936-2013

Lisa Power, Founding Stonewall – What Happened

Stuart Milk, The Harvey Milk Foundation and its Work

This event is part of OUTing the Past, an initiative run by OUT UK during LGBT History Month

Wednesday 13 February 2019
18:45 – 21:30
Free but ticketed

Film Screening: The 34th @ Irish Cultural Centre
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm

Spanning a decade that culminated in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea’s IFTA-nominated documentary feature follows the founders and members of the Marriage Equality organisation, as they campaigned for the extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples.

The 34th captures this impassioned and poignant journey from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan’s pivotal KAL case and the emotional love story behind it, through the ardent grassroots campaign, to the historic yes vote which took place on May 22nd, 2015.

Through revealing interviews and archive material, campaigners share the strategising, fierce battles, sheer hard graft and moving personal stories behind the compelling and all-consuming campaign.

The screening will be followed by a social get-together at the bar with some wine and beer laid on.

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.

Drag Queen Storytime @ Clapham Library @ Clapham Library
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am

Drag Queen Story Time is where fairy tales come to life. Presented by real Queens. This event will capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood.

By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, DQST allows children to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish. Where dress up is real.

With songs, arts and crafts and storytime – there’s fun to be had for all ages. It’s a standard storytime, with a bit of extra glitter.

The Berto Pasuka Lecture and BlackOut Friday Late @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Berto Pasuka Lecture and BlackOut Friday Late @ National Portrait Gallery

BlackOut UK, the community-owned media platform by and for Black queer men, invites you to join us for the inaugural Berto Pasuka Lecture, Fri 15th Feb 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery.

The lecture, given by singer/songwriter, and art historian, David McAlmont, is the centrepiece of a BlackOut UK ‘takeover’ of the National Portrait Gallery that will include classical and contemporary music and dance performances and will give you a chance to meet us, and to hear more about BlackOut and its new arts prize.

PRIDE – Film Screening @ Hounslow Civic Centre @ Council Chamber
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story set in the summer of 1984 when the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.

Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.

As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Concessions are available at a cost.

All procedes will be donated to the West London LGBT Forum to support Hate Crime work.

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

Polari – The Lost Language of Gay Men @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Polari - The Lost Language of Gay Men @ Bishopsgate Institute

Polari was a form of language spoken mainly by British gay men in the first half of the 20th century. Homosexuality was illegal in the UK, so Polari acted as a secret code, enabling gay men to communicate with one another. In the first hour of this course you will listen to audio clips of people speaking Polari, learn about its origins, the people who spoke it, the reasons why Polari eventually died out and the chances of it returning. The second hour comprises a language class where you will be taught basic skills in speaking Polari through a series of exercises.

This course / event is part of our programme of activities marking LGBT History Month 2019.

Feb
18
Mon
#WeAreTheBlackCap: Four Years Fighting – a retrospective photography exhibition with talks and films @ Castlehaven Community Association
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm
#WeAreTheBlackCap: Four Years Fighting - a retrospective photography exhibition with talks and films @ Castlehaven Community Association

#WeAreTheBlackCap – Four years fighting: a retrospective photography exhibition, talks and films. Curated by Peter Herbert from the Arts Project and Chris Barlow & Michael Chan from Outings in Art.

The Black Cap, London’s legendary LGBTQ+ pub and cabaret venue, has been a haven and centre of queer life and culture since the early 1960s. In April 2015 it was suddenly closed to be turned into luxury flats. For nearly four years since then, then #WeAreTheBlackCap grassroots campaign has campaigned for the venue to re-open, successfully resisting numerous attempts to repurpose the building and maintaining a colourful and noisy presence outside the Black Cap nearly every Saturday since the closure.

This small exhibition looks back at the campaign so far, with a selection of lively photographs from the last four years plus talks and short films about what has been called the country’s most visible LGBTQ+ campaign.

Short Films & A History of Lesbian Politics and Psychiatry talk @ The Dragon Café @ The Dragon Café
Feb 18 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Short Films & A History of Lesbian Politics and Psychiatry talk @ The Dragon Café @ The Dragon Café

Celebrating LGBT History & Culture @ The Dragon Café

6.15 pm – Award winning shorts including WE LOVE MOSES from Dionne Edwards and JAS by Alice Trueman plus a couple of episodes from her hilarious series ‘Spoon the Prune’. Filmmakers will be in attendance to present and discuss their work.
www.alice-trueman.com
http://www.tengtengfilms.com

7 pm – A History of Lesbian Politics and Psychiatry: how did the emerging lesbian movement challenge the pathologisation of female homosexuality? Talk and discussion with Helen Spandler, Professor of Mental Health Politics, University of Central Lancashire, and Sarah Carr, PhD, Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy, University of Birmingham, from their research Hidden from History? The psychiatric (mis) treatment of lesbians since the 1950s in England.

FREE! No booking required, just turn up on the night

Fifty Years Legal – Film Screening @ Hounslow Civic Centre ( With Q&A from Simon Napier-Bell) @ Council Chamber
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm

This powerful and engaging film was created to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, showing an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in the UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.

It charts both the story of the 50-year battle for equal rights and deeply personal accounts from high profile politicians, comedians, actors and others in the public arena. Leading activists and commentators explore the changes that have taken place since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK in 1967 and the influence of gay culture on society.

Simon Napier-Bell established a name for himself in the ‘60s as manager of groups such as The Yardbirds, before going on to manage T Rex, Wham! and George Michael, Boney M, Sinitta and Ultravox, among others.

This screening features a Q&A session after the film with Simon Napier-Bell

To submit your questions please contact Celia.Golden@hounslow.gov.uk.

Questions must be submitted by 12noon, Monday18 February.

Concessions are available at a cost.

All proceeds will be donated to the West London LGBT Forum to support Hate Crime work.

Feb
19
Tue
GPN part of LGBT History Month @ Civil Service Club
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a social networking drink in the Civil Service Club, a stone throw from Trafalgar Square on Tuesday, on the 19th February.

All members have the opportunity, not at all compulsory, to say a few words, if they choose to do so, 2 minutes maximum each but most fit this within 30 seconds
like “Hi, I am J-F and organise events, chat with me after to find out more or if need help with any forthcoming celebration, meeting, incentive, conference and events.” If you would like to say something about the LGBT History Month, please contact jf@gpn.one
Also check our blog https://gaypronet.blogspot.com/2019/01/lgbt-history-month-launch-evening.html for an invitation to the launch of the LGBT History month.

Your name (when you registered) will be on the list at the reception, there is no need to print any confirmation, we are expecting you. Go through the main bar, order your drink(s) in passing, see list here, and join us in the privatised area on the left of the bar.

Not a member yet? join us on www.gpn.one (only £20 a year…)

It is a free event to our contributing and honorary members and they take priority in the bookings: badges are prepared.
Non-members are asked to pay £30 towards the organisation of the evening either in cash or card on arrival, if space allows.

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter with your friends.

I very much look forward to seeing you then.

With all best wishes,

J-F for GPN

jf@gpn.one
www.gpn.one

96 FESTIVAL LAUNCH @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
96 FESTIVAL LAUNCH @ Omnibus Theatre

This year 96 Festival is launching with an informal conversation between artists, makers, creators, performers, activists, and anyone interested in sharing their viewpoint on the changing landscape of art and LGBTQIA+ issues. How can art enact positive change in our communities?

For our first hangout of the festival, chaired by Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director Marie McCarthy, we’re thrilled to welcome founder of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah; Board Director of GLAAD and Diva Magazine publisher Linda Riley; actor in The Danish Girl and Colette, Rebecca Root; chair of Stonewall UK, Jan Gooding; Co-founder of Stonewall and former MEP, Lord Michael Cashman; producer of The Cocoa Butter Club – the queer collective celebrating Performers of Colour – Cassie Leon; and writer, producer, podcaster and theatre-maker Nemo Martin.

They’ll explore how queer communities experience divides around class, ability, race and gender and how art can bring us together in shared moments of connection. How can we reinvent queer activism?

The conversation will be facilitated but unscripted. Come to participate in the conversation or just listen and observe, we are open.

After the conversation, artists from 96 Festival’s glittering programme will take to the stage, sharing snippets of dance, theatre, and cabaret as the debate ascends into a late-night party where we encourage further conversation, merrymaking and coming together.

This is a free event; please RSVP below.

96 Festival Launch Party @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
96 Festival Launch Party @ Omnibus Theatre

This year 96 Festival, London’s only queer arts event under one roof, is launching with an informal conversation between artists, makers, creators, performers, activists and anyone interested in sharing their viewpoint on the changing landscape of art and LGBTQIA+ issues. How can art enact positive change in our communities?

For our first hangout of the festival, we’re thrilled to welcome Board Director of GLAAD and Diva Magazine publisher Linda Riley; actor in The Danish Girl and Colette, Rebecca Root; chair of Stonewall UK, Jan Gooding; Co-founder of Stonewall and former MEP, Lord Michael Cashman; producer of The Cocoa Butter Club – the queer collective celebrating Performers of Colour – Cassie Leon; and writer, producer, podcaster and theatre-maker Nemo Martin.

They’ll explore how queer communities experience divides around class, ability, race and gender and how art can bring us together in shared moments of connection. How can we reinvent queer activism? The conversation will be facilitated but unscripted. Come to participate in the conversation or just listen and observe, we are open.

After the conversation, artists from 96 Festival’s glittering programme will take to the stage, sharing snippets of dance, theatre and cabaret as the debate ascends into a late night party where we encourage further conversation, merrymaking and coming together.

Queer Alphabet Soup @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
Queer Alphabet Soup @ Tate South Lambeth Library @ Tate South Lambeth Library

A series of readings, poetry and performance from literary queer novelists, poets, performance artists and writers. Featuring readings and performances from: Isabel Waidner, Len Lukowski, Julia Bell, Zia Almos Yeshua, Holly Casio, Sogol Sur and Ashley Howard.

TransLondon @ @Gay's The Word
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

TransLondon is a discussion / support
group for people who identify as trans
or who are questioning their gender
identity. February’s TransLondon
meeting will feature a speaker from
Amnesty International who will update
allies and those seeing knowledge of
trans issues. The group was formed
in the winter of 2007 and has been
meeting every third Tuesday of the month at Gays The Word
Bookshop. Free entry. Trans identified / questioning and trans
allies welcome.

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

THE ‘OTHER’ FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM COMMON @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm
THE 'OTHER' FRIENDS OF CLAPHAM COMMON @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by And What? Queer. Arts. Festival, HB&Co and Omnibus Theatre

The ‘Other’ Friends of Clapham Common is a new commission by And What? Queer. Arts. Festival, HB&Co and Omnibus Theatre. It is an app-based binaural sound experience that explores some of the past and current histories of Clapham Common as a Cruising ground. The soundtrack takes you on a journey onto Clapham Common while listening to a piece constructed from interviews with people who have and still do use Clapham Common. These memoirs are interweaved with atmospheric surround-soundscapes and include a newly commissioned poem by Gerry Potter. The Other Friends of Clapham Common is about unearthing forgotten or unheard narratives, it is about community and changes in Cruising, it is about being outdoors, technology, public space, and sex.

And What? and HB&Co would like to thank Omnibus Theatre for its support in reaching its local Cruising Community, to David Dandridge for his time and connections, and all other participants/interviewees who have shared their memories and experiences.

To enjoy The Other Friends of Clapham Common merely download the FREE app (www.andwhatfest.com), and at your leisure take a trip to Omnibus Theatre’s box office during its opening hours for further instructions. You will need a phone with the app ready loaded, enough battery and some headphones. Your journey will take no longer than 1 hour, but remember it will take you outside, so wear suitable clothing!

Usually available daily 10-1800 during Omnibus opening hours (please check Omnibus Theatre website for hours).

Polish Women Writers Past and Present @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
Polish Women Writers Past and Present @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Narcyza Żmichowska, the first Polish author to write about women’s friendship and sisterhood, education and independence.

Ursula Phillips (translator) will introduce Żmichowska’s controversial novel The Heathen (1846) and then chair a discussion with contemporary poet-translators Anna Błasiak and Maria Jastrzębska on their own recent poetry, on Polish women writers of the past, and on what we might understand by ‘women’s writing’ and ‘lesbian/ queer writing’.

The event will be accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Lisa Kalloo, which make up the visual aspect of Anna Błasiak’s upcoming collection.

Republica @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm
Republica @ Omnibus Theatre

Presented by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper and Lola Rueda
In collaboration with Emma Franklin
Part of 96 Festival at Omnibus Theatre.
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 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
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 Actress (Lucia Smyth) and Best Director (Paul Meade) | Origin First Irish Festival, New York, 2019

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

Nominated for Best Production, Best Playwright (Ann Blake) and Best Actress (Ann Blake) | Origin First Irish Festival, New York, 2019

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 Talks and Conversations @PositiveEast @ Positive East
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
LGBT Talks and Conversations @PositiveEast @ Positive East

In celebration of LGBT History Month please join us on Thursday the 21st of February for an inspiring day of talks, workshops and conversations. Free lunch provided! Featured speakers include:

Joanne Lockwood: Founder and CEO of “SEE Change Happen”, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specialising in providing Transgender Awareness to organisations and businesses. Joanna’s mantra is Smile, Engage and Educate and she passionately believe that “people are people” and no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Hilary Cooke: Founder and CEO of Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre an organisation providing access to services for LGBT, non-binary, intersex and those who are questioning their sexuality and gender. Hilary is also Chair/Director at the South East Gender Initiative.

Diana James: Criminal Justice System and Domestic Abuse worker and Image-Based Sexual Abuse Specialist and Kick-Ass Fierce Femme. Diana’s views presented at the workshop are her own and build on years of creating, working for, and supporting, the LGBTQIA+ community.

Family Photograph @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Family Photograph @ National Portrait Gallery

Join artist Anthony Luvera to create a photographic portrait to take home celebrating your family, inspired by portraits in the Collection.

Find this activity in Room 5.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

Rainbow Family Day @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rainbow Family Day @ National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI people in the Collection, in celebration of LGBT History Month.

We Are Family @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
We Are Family @ National Portrait Gallery

Decorate your own tote bag to take away! Join artist Sadie Lee to make colourful statements about what family means to you.

Find this activity in the Education Studio.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

Author Talk: Juno Dawson @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Author Talk: Juno Dawson @ National Portrait Gallery

Join multi award winning author Juno Dawson as she talks about her career and work including This Book is Gay and The Gender Games.

Limited spaces, tickets available from Rainbow Family Day welcome desk. BSL interpreted.

Followed by a book signing in Gallery Book Shop, please note – no step free access available.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

Drag Queen Story Time @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Drag Queen Story Time @ National Portrait Gallery

Join Drag Queen performer Topsie Redfern at a story time session in the Gallery. Particularly suitable for under 5s.

Find this activity in Room 31.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

Queering the History of Science: narrative, science and non-conformity @ LSE
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm
Queering the History of Science: narrative, science and non-conformity @ LSE

In what ways do our ideas about science, what it is, how it works, and who does it, need to change in recognition of LGBTQ+ lives?

In recognition of exciting and important developments, and with the aim of directly bringing them to broader audiences, this lunchtime lecture invites you to engage with scholars currently exploring and integrating these questions.

Speakers:
Ellie Armstrong
Ross Brooks
Michael Toze

Presented by the Narrative Science Project and Spectrum, LGBT+ staff network, at LSE

Highlights Tour @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Highlights Tour @ National Portrait Gallery

Discover key LGBTQI heroes on display in the galleries in a guided tour led by Timberlina. BSL interpreted.

Meet in Main Hall.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

Highlights Tour @ National Portrait Gallery
Feb 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Highlights Tour @ National Portrait Gallery

Discover key LGBTQI heroes on display in the galleries in a guided tour led by Timberlina. BSL interpreted.

Meet in Main Hall.

Activity part of Rainbow Family Day, in celebration of LGBT History Month. Bring your family and friends to enjoy free activities across the Gallery and be inspired by stories of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history and people in the Collection. Everyone welcome.

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.

‘Do we need a humanist approach to LGBT history?’ A talk with Professor Dominic Janes @ Brockway Room, Conway Hall
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
'Do we need a humanist approach to LGBT history?' A talk with Professor Dominic Janes @ Brockway Room, Conway Hall

In this talk Dominic Janes, Professor of Modern History at Keele university, will look at LGBT history in Britain and Europe. He will explore such themes as classical and Christian approaches to sex and sin, and the rise of ‘sexology’ in the nineteenth century.

This will open up a debate with the audience about whether there is, or there should be, a distinctively humanist approach to LGBT history and heritage.

Dominic Janes is the author of several books in queer history including Picturing the Closet (2015) and Oscar Wilde Prefigured (2016).

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!’

Queer Arts Show and Cabaret Launch @ Art Academy Gallery,
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm
Queer Arts Show and Cabaret Launch @ Art Academy Gallery,

Queer Open Art Exhibition, with a Loud and Queerly cabaret from 6pm on the launch night on the 22nd February. Exhibition open from midday till 6pm till 27th February.
Facebook page: Queer Arts Show Cabaret Launch

Beautiful Thing – Film Screening @ Hounslow Civic Centre @ Council Chamber
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm

Recently named by the British Film Institute as one of the 30 best LGBT movies of all time, the film is written by Jonathan Harvey and directed by Hettie MacDonald. When Jonathan Harvey’s love story Beautiful Thing debuted in 1993 as a play, he had no idea it would eventually be heralded as a crown jewel of gay storytelling. This is a gentle coming-of-age tale of two teenagers—Jamie and Ste—struck a powerful chord among LGBT audiences.

Concessions are available at a cost.

All proceeds will be donated to the West London LGBT Forum to support Hate Crime work

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!’

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
Queerly Departed (Free Queer Takeover of Brompton Cemetery!) @ Brompton Cemetery
Feb 23 all-day
Queerly Departed (Free Queer Takeover of Brompton Cemetery!) @ Brompton Cemetery

Beneath those endless rows of stones and tombs of Brompton are stories.

Colourful stories.

Stories that couldn’t be openly told, shared or even heard about, because of prejudices of the times they lived.

In death, we can do something about this. For LGBT History Month 2019, come along to Brompton Cemetery’s first ever exploration of its queer heritage in the company of drag kings, queens, storytellers and performers – for an immersive event that explores its rich queer heritage and queerly departed residents, the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

The experience will run twice on Saturday 23rd of February. Please book your free tickets for either the 1:00PM or 3:30PM sessions to avoid disappointment! (Eventbrite Link will be updated at start of February)

We also invite you to come in your best death becomes her gender-bending attire as we pay our respects to the fascinating people that came before us and celebrate their lives in a way they couldn’t!

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.

TINY LGBTQ+ SHOWS @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
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-organize, 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.

An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Histories (1957 – 1988) @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Histories (1957 – 1988) @ Bishopsgate Institute

Join us for a new Hands-on History course that provides an accessible and informative introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender histories. From press coverage of the Wolfenden Report to grassroots campaigns opposing Section 28, this workshop uses photographs, pamphlets and ephemera from our Special Collections to explore and discuss the daily realities of life for an emerging LGBTQ+ community in a changing social, and political British landscape in the second half of the twentieth century.

This course / event is part of our programme of activities marking LGBT History Month 2019.

Loudest Whispers LGBT+ Art Exhibition-Meet the Artists @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Loudest Whispers LGBT+ Art Exhibition-Meet the Artists @ Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital

Meet many of the 40 artists celebrating LOUDEST WHISPERS and 10 years of achievements in London’s unique opportunity for professional and self taught artists. Curator and artist’s talk with a selection of short films linked to artists and artwork. Light refreshments with donation.

Looking for Trans History at the V&A @ Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm

12:00 – 12:45

Dr Kit Heyam, researcher on a new collaborative project at the Universities of Plymouth and Lund, will share their stories of looking for trans history in the V&A’s early modern objects. From poisonous cups to sixteenth-century lift-the-flap books, these aren’t your usual LGBT histories – but they’ll open your eyes to the historical trans possibilities that might be hiding in plain sight.

Free event, Pre-booking not required.

V&A LGBT History Month in collaboration with the British Academy @ Victoria & Albert Museum
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
V&A LGBT History Month in collaboration with the British Academy @ Victoria & Albert Museum

All events are free, no booking required

Looking for Trans History at the V&A
Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
12:00 – 12:45
Dr Kit Heyam, researcher on a new collaborative project at the Universities of Plymouth and Lund, will share their stories of looking for trans history in the V&A’s early modern objects. From poisonous cups to sixteenth-century lift-the-flap books, these aren’t your usual LGBT histories – but they’ll open your eyes to the historical trans possibilities that might be hiding in plain sight.

Shut that door! Camp in British light entertainment and gay liberation
Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
13:00 – 13:45
Performers like Danny la Rue, Kenneth Williams and Larry Grayson became household names in the 1960’s and 1970’s, however this public adoration often did not extend to LGBTQ activists. Looking at objects from the museums Theatre and Performance collection, Alice Power (Assistant Curator and V&A LGBTQ working group co-chair) will explore the relationship between camp in the theatre, TV, and radio, and the LGBTQ equality movement.

Nightlife and Queer Utopias
Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
14:00 – 16:00
The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive – the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.

Panel speakers:
Professor Ben Campkin, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL.
Fenella Hitchcock, Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion.
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University.
Chair:
Dr Sabine Sörgel, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, University of Surrey; Events Secretary, Society for Dance Research.

BSL interpretation will be provided at the panel event, organised in partnership with the Society for Dance Research and the British Academy. Doors to the Lecture Theatre will open at 13.30 and entrance is on a first come first served basis.

LGBTQ Gallery Tour
Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
16:00 – 17:00
Conclude your day by joining our monthly gallery tour, which explores gender and sexual identities through a selection of LGBTQ-related objects in the V&A’s rich collections.

Shut that door! Camp in British light entertainment and gay liberation @ Seminar Room 3 (Henry Cole Wing)
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm

13:00 – 13:45

Performers like Danny la Rue, Kenneth Williams and Larry Grayson became household names in the 1960’s and 1970’s, however this public adoration often did not extend to LGBTQ activists. Looking at objects from the museums Theatre and Performance collection, Alice Power (Assistant Curator and V&A LGBTQ working group co-chair) will explore the relationship between camp in the theatre, TV, and radio, and the LGBTQ equality movement.

Free event, Pre-booking not required.

Drawing a Queer Story: An Afternoon with Leo Aces Collins @ GreatArt
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drawing a Queer Story: An Afternoon with Leo Aces Collins @ GreatArt

Join us for an afternoon of drawing the figure, featuring trans and disability activist Leo Aces Collins .

In celebration of LGBT History Month 2019, and against the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (and advent of Pride), let Leo’s narratives on diversity, the body positive and the challenges and beauty of difference spark your imaginations and inspire your drawings.

Book in advance for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawing-a-queer-story-an-afternoon-with-leo-aces-collins-tickets-55403156332?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1NZM0t4dQY0rzv-R58kgfuX6jh0bkDdQOL9nKECGArBTW3CiTf_Ub66hM

There are 3 different time slots available to book:

14:00 – 14:30

14:40 – 15:10

15:20 – 15:50

and there is a maximum capacity of 15 people per session.

This workshop is led by Roy Joseph Butler and Leo Crane as part of Figuration ‘s program of creative community events. www.figuration.co

Nightlife and Queer Utopias @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

14:00 – 16:00

The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive – the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.

Panel speakers:
Professor Ben Campkin, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL.

Fenella Hitchcock, Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion.
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University.

Chair:
Dr Sabine Sörgel, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Theatre, University of Surrey; Events Secretary, Society for Dance Research.

BSL interpretation will be provided at the panel event, organised in partnership with the Society for Dance Research and the British Academy. Doors to the Lecture Theatre will open at 13.30 and entrance is on a first come first served basis.

Free event, Pre-booking not required.

Feb
24
Sun
Sarbat’s Day Out in West London @ Design Museum
Feb 24 all-day
Sarbat's Day Out in West London @ Design Museum

Sarbat invites our members and friends to a day out in West London. Our first get together for 2019 coincides with the LGBT history month and as with all our events, this event is open to all.

We will meet at the Design Museum at 14:00 hrs where we will spend an hour or so and (weather depending) walk through the lovely Holland Park to arrive at Central Gurudwara, Queensdale Road at 16:00. We will be there for to the Rehraas Sahib and Guru da Langar.

If you have never been to a Gurudwara (Sikh place of worship) before, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience the oldest one in Europe. Gurudwaras are open to all – regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality – without judgement and without prejudice.

We hope to see you there.

Contact number will be emailed to individuals who register here. We hope for an early spring surprise but will prepare for all weather eventualities.

THE DIARIES OF A MISERABLE UNICORN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
THE DIARIES OF A MISERABLE UNICORN @ Omnibus Theatre

Sometimes it can be hard work being a unicorn, as Dusty only knows too well. Join us in this interactive storytelling session, to see if you can help cheer up the most miserable unicorn in town. Stay after to make your very own unicorn to take home.

Back to the Black Cap: a reunion social @ The Edinboro Castle
Feb 24 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Back to the Black Cap: a reunion social @ The Edinboro Castle

Do you have fond memories of Camden’s legendary LGBTQ+ pub and cabaret bar the Black Cap? We’re hosting a get-together for anyone and everyone who has ever loved the Cap: regulars, irregulars, staff, and performers. This LGBT History Month, come and have a drink, share your memories of the ‘Palladium of Drag’, maybe reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Drop by whenever you like and stay as long as you like. The Edinboro Castle is a laid-back Camden pub just a few minutes’ walk from the Black Cap and Camden Town tube. Visit www.edinborocastlepub.co.uk for more information including food menus and dietary / allergy information.

The pub has level access and there is an accessible toilet. If you would like any further accessibility information, please let us know.

We will be happy to designate a table or two as a sober space if any guests would find that helpful.

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Mass for History Month @ The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Jesuit Church)
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Mass for History Month @ The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street Jesuit Church)

The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council provides pastoral support and other social activities for LGBT+ Catholics, parents and families. We gather for the 17.30 Mass on 2nd & 4th Sundays at Farm Street Jesuit Church – details above. We are affiliated to UK LGBT Consortium, European Forum of LGBT+ Christian Groups, & the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics

Gay Times Tango @ Lambeth Town Hall
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Gay Times Tango @ Lambeth Town Hall

In 1975 South London Gay Liberation Front organised the original Gay Times Tango in support of the Gay Times Festival. Fast forward to its 44th anniversary – February 2019 – and the Mayor of Lambeth, Christopher Wellbelove, is hosting a celebratory fundraiser event, compered by Timberlina.

Performances on the night will include CK, Heart and Soul, Marsha Mellow, Mrs Moore, Sandra London, Topsie Redfern and Vanity Nightmare, with more acts to be announced. The event is in partnership with Gay Times Magazine, The Two Brewers and Pride in London. A quarter of the proceeds will be donated to the Brixton-based charity GMFA (Gay Men Fighting Aids) and the rest to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Tickets in advance from Event Lambeth £25 full price /£20 concessions. This is an 18+ event. eventlambeth.co.uk/gaytimestango

XPOSED LGBTQ+ New Writing Night @ Southwark Playhouse
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
XPOSED LGBTQ+ New Writing Night @ Southwark Playhouse

Full Disclosure Theatre return with their new writing night XPOSED, eight short plays revealing the naked and entertaining truths about queer life. Whatever your preference, come discover the latest talent from a company passionate about discovering unheard voices within the community and showcasing LGBTQ+ stories.

XPOSED will be staged to tie in with the celebration of LGBT History Month.

★★★★★ ‘Triumph of a showcase which London desperately needs more of.’ Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ ‘Showcases just how fabulously diverse the LGBTQ+ umbrella can be.’ London Theatre 1
★★★★ ‘The future of compelling queer theatre is in very good hands.’ Jack the Lad

‘Full Disclosure is a marvel of a company. Young, impassioned and so badly needed, creating theatre that is committed, relevant and gloriously entertaining. If I was a reviewer, this would be a five star review, but I’m no reviewer – just one of their many fans.’ – Rikki Beadle-Blair

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

Drag Queen Storytime @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am

Drag Queen Story Time is where fairy tales come to life. Presented by real Queens. This event will capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood.

By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, DQST allows children to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish. Where dress up is real.

With songs, arts and crafts and storytime – there’s fun to be had for all ages. It’s a standard storytime, with a bit of extra glitter.

ENGINE ROOM @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
ENGINE ROOM @ Omnibus Theatre

Dynamic and talented theatre-makers perform new work in front of an audience, often for the very first time. Engine Room puts you at the heart of the creative process – these artists want to hear what you think.

Be part of the conversation.

LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE OF IRAN @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm
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

Feb
27
Wed
Holly Revell Archive Launch @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holly Revell Archive Launch @ Bishopsgate Institute

Holly Revell is a documenter, photographer and artist, with a keen eye for collaborating with queer artists. Her work has evolved from working alongside performers with her participatory installations to turning her camera on to those who inspire her.

Holly Revell’s archive preserves photographic and video documentation of London-based queer performance, promotional imagery and portraits of some of its makers, including Nando Messias, Scottee, David Hoyle, Jonny Woo, Ginger Johnson, Travis Alabanza and many more. It also contains earlier works such as nudes made with adult performers Ashley Ryder and Mouse, images made in her infamous ‘Darkroom’ installations, the series ‘Transformations’, and her photo book ‘David Hoyle Parallel Universe’. It dates back to 2008 and will continue to grow and evolve, encompassing just a fraction of the brilliant and important work that is currently being made within the LGBTQ+ community, seen through Holly’s lens.

Holly Revell’s archive is now available for all to use as part of the LGBTQ+ collections at Bishopsgate Institute, and we invite you to join us in celebrating her work at this special launch event. There will be an opportunity to view archive materials, as well as hear short talks from Scottee and Travis Alabanza.

Bishopsgate Institute is home to one of the UK’s most comprehensive and accessible archives documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) histories. We started collecting LGBTQ+ materials in 2011, as part of our commitment to recording hidden histories and to preserving and sharing the history of protest and radicalism.

Drinks will be available to purchase from the pop-up bar.

7pm – 9pm
FREE

This course / event is part of our programme of activities marking LGBT History Month 2019.

Queer lives in print @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Queer lives in print @ Brixton Library @ Brixton Library

Join Will Eaves (Murmur) and Jennifer Hodgson (Ed. The Unmapped Country: an anthology of Ann Quin writings) to discuss their recent books and the writing of queer lives.

Murmur is based on Alan Turing’s experience during the period of his punishment for gross indecency, when he went to hospital weekly and quietly submitted himself to the injection of hormones that effected chemical castration. The cryptanalyst who, at Bletchley, had programmed machines to break the German naval code now applies himself to the cipher of his own trance-like visions.

In The Unmapped Country Jennifer Hodgson edits the unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin and explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century writing, bridging the world of Virginia Woolf and Anna Kavan with that of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.

#WATEVAH – LGBT History Month Special DJ night @ The Victoria, Walthamstow @ The Victoria
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

The return of #Watevah to the Victoria. Expect anything – the ridiculously twee and shambolic, pristine pop, banging scary electronics, grindcore, dancehall, country AND western (that’s a joke, son). We got it all. We play #watevah we like.

Free Entry! Raising money for Schools Out UK.

Feb
28
Thu
Archive Tour – LGBTQ+ Collections @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Archive Tour - LGBTQ+ Collections @ Bishopsgate Institute

Why was John Gielgud told to see a doctor and how many lesbian pulp fiction novels can one library hold? Bishopsgate Institute is a treasure trove of LGBTQ history with extensive archives holding cuttings, badges and banners, even a set of wizard’s robes; and by the end of this tour you’ll know all about them.

This course / event is part of our programme of activities marking LGBT History Month 2019.

Sutton LGBTQ+ History Month Talk to Close 2019 @ Sutton Library 1st Floor
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sutton LGBTQ+ History Month Talk to Close 2019 @ Sutton Library 1st Floor

Chris Park the Sutton LGBTQ+ Forums History Guru will be giving a talk on this years theme, a little about his education seminars coming in 2019 and what to expect for 2020 for the LGBT History Project.

Pride in STEM – Out Thinkers LGBT History Month @ Institute of Cancer Research
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pride in STEM - Out Thinkers LGBT History Month @ Institute of Cancer Research

Hosted by the lovely folks at the Institute of Cancer Research, our dazzling array speakers who will be delving into queer science history, talking all manner of fascinating subjects. This event is open to everyone, no matter your gender or sexual orientation!

Taking to the stage for this amazing evening of interaction and entertainment will be:

Ross Brooks – How did the first modern naturalists respond to observations of same-sex copulation in non-human animals? Charles Darwin only touched upon such findings; other leading naturalists produced some remarkable studies on what they saw. This talk will shine a spotlight on some of them and how they responded when faced with behaviours that had long been deemed unnatural. Ross reveals all.

Selina Groh – ‘Of Numbers, Bones and Identities – why you cannot divorce science from the scientist’. Selina will captivate you with a talk about his work with fossils – how we can use them and interpret them to understand the past; his identity (what being trans in STEM means) and how the two go together!

Mario Toubes-Rodrigo – Life in the cold and life on other planets Aristotle, Astrobiology and literature has us echo pop culture with David Bowie’s ‘Is There Life on Mars?’, with a little bit of Gulliver’s Travels and wood-collecting Vikings thrown in too. Fact and fantasy will be debated in equal measure!

Kimberley Bartlett – A history of human interaction with light and the effect on the human body! How we have moulded light through the ages to benefit mankind in ever more inventive ways? From guiding our ancestors through dark Roman streets to using lamps to combat depression – it’s sure to be an illuminating talk!

Becky Laxton-Bass – LGBT Women in science. Whose stories have you heard? Becky, a wonderful tour guide, will personally introduce you to some!

Dori Grijseels – Dori presents to you a talk on the history of neuroscience, focusing on some of the forgotten people – not enough light is cast on women and minorities, which is something that Dori will be addressing tonight!

Ably presented by trustee Sheldon K. Goodman.

The venue will be open from 6pm, with the event starting at 7pm. Disabled access is available. The nearest tube station is South Kensington on the District and Circle Lines.

DOORS OPEN: 6:00pm

EVENT START: 7:00pm

EVENT FINISH: 10:00pm

Tickets £3 each – limited quantity available on the door.

For any queries, please contact: info@prideinstem.org

Out Thinkers serves to showcase the talent of LGBT+ researchers, providing a platform where people can talk about their scientific work while truly being themselves. Out Thinkers events feature a range of phenomenal speakers talking about their research and experiences as LGBT+ individuals in academia.

Mar
1
Fri
Peace – Reconciliation – Activism: Where Are We Now? HIV ART PrEP & Sexual Health @ Civic Suite - Lewisham Townhall
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Peace - Reconciliation - Activism: Where Are We Now? HIV ART PrEP & Sexual Health @ Civic Suite - Lewisham Townhall

To celebrate LGBT History Month 2019 Lewisham LGBT Forum are holding a special reception in the Civic Suite at Lewisham Townhall on the evening of Friday 1st March from 7pm-10pm

The event will bring together several well respected LGBT campaigners and activists in the HIV & Sexual Health fields to discuss ‘where are we now?’ in 2019 when it comes to HIV, ART, PrEP, & Sexual Health. We will be joined by special guest speakers and local dignitaries including the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan.

Please do join us and have your say!

The event is free and we will have free food and soft drinks thanks to the generous support of L&Q.

Mar
2
Sat
WRITING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WRITING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre

How do we use bodies to tell stories when there are no more words? Choreographer Camille Jetzer and Iranian journalist Maryam Violet explore testimonies of female Iranian political prisoners. Come and be encouraged to physicalize responses to activist narratives, and explore how dance and movement can engage with other’s stories in a non-linguistic way.

Please wear clothes and shoes you are comfortable to move in.

*This event is presented in association with Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran, which runs 26th Feb -24th March at Omnibus Theatre. Ticket holders will receive a £5 discount on tickets purchased for Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran.

Mar
3
Sun
Drag King Workshop @ Clapham Library
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm
Drag King Workshop @ Clapham Library

This workshop explores different expressions of gender through performance, particularly masculinity, in the form of drag ‘kinging’ (the opposite of drag queens!).

We explore using the body, movement, voice, and character detail to build a drag king persona. It’s for total beginners as well as those who have experience of performing, and is for people of all gender identities.

Eventbrite /drag-king-workshop

Mar
7
Thu
TOPSIE REDFERN & FRIENDS @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 7 @ 9:45 pm – Mar 21 @ 9:45 pm
TOPSIE REDFERN & FRIENDS @ Omnibus Theatre

Join your hostess, drag superstar Topsie Redfern, for a variety night showcasing London’s most exciting cabaret talent.

“Topsie gives me chills… she has so much variety in her act it transcends to any stage.” Attitude Magazine

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
9
Sat
Oxytocin – Mothering the World @ New Hunt's House, King's College London - Guy's Campus
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Oxytocin - Mothering the World @ New Hunt's House, King's College London - Guy's Campus

Oxytocin Mothering the World – Challenging binary definitions of family, gender and sexual orientation

After the successful launch in 2017 at the Royal College of Art Procreate Project is returning with the second edition of Oxytocin, Mothering the World, this year in collaboration with Birth Rites Collection and Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London.

Oxytocin is an annual event about mothers and carers staged in a setting that uniquely melds a rich programme of performances and live art with discussion panels and workshops.
It creates a platform for critical art practices, maternal and feminist theories and health services.

For Oxytocin’s second edition, Procreate Project (PCP) is collaborating with Birth Rites Collection (BRC) to deliver a performance programme responding to a curatorial theme questioning iconography, cultural connotations and stereotypes associated with the word ‘Mother/Mothering’ and how they effect LGBTQIA families.

20 cutting edge contributions between guest speakers and performance artists will share the stage and historical sites at Guy’s Campus, London Bridge this 9th of March. Highlights include a premier of newly commissioned works by artist, researcher and architect Leni Dothan, who challenges the mother’s role in Christian iconography and biblical narratives as they were depicted in Renaissance art; Himali Singh Soin and Laura Yuile who both reject the idea of the binary and the problems this representation poses for non-binary perspectives and those who cannot – or choose not to – reproduce.

While Procreate Project has been showcasing and supporting important performance work that explores the maternal subject; BRC now wants to expand its acquisitions to include performance, with an interest in the non- binary angle.

The rich programme includes site-specific performances including Lynn Lu and Natalie Ramus, whose practices reveals the personal, the private and the public labels of motherhood, a lecture by Israeli born painter, theorist, psychoanalyst and writer Bracha Ettinger and a performative lecture by International queer photographer and intersex activist Del LaGrace Volcano

The panels will host academics, health professionals and artists examining these subjects as well as start a discussion about sensitivity to the LGBTQIA and non-binary parents, research about gay and lesbian parents experiences of maternity services and also surrogacy. In addition we will look at issues for new mothers find ‘motherhood’ framed as an institution and through media narratives.

As part of their on-going work and goals, Procreate Project is creating a highly visible platform for contemporary artists whose work deals with these fundamental subjects and taboos, hardly discussed and represented in public contexts.

“ The programme was a unique one where research and art entwined to explore what it is to be a mother. While at times I felt overwhelmed by the emotional overload of the aesthetic images and text, the event certainly opened my eyes, jolted my senses, and made me question many things – as good art often does” – Udita Iyengar, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at Kings College London IoPPN

Alongside the performances and panels there will be tours of the Birth Rites Collection.

The event is supported by the Birth Rites Collection, Department of Midwifery, part of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London, LADA & Cuntemporary using public funding from Arts Council England.

Where: New Hunt’s House King’s College London Guy’s Campus, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 1UL
When: 9th of March 2019 9.30 am / 6pm
Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oxytocin-mothering-the-world-tickets-50783333317
Facebook Event link at: https://www.facebook.com/events/721743468219736/

Mar
12
Tue
Romance Romance @ Above The Stag Theatre
Mar 12 – Apr 6 all-day
Romance Romance @ Above The Stag Theatre

This charming and intelligent musical brings together two contrasting stories, set 100 years apart.

In late 19th Century Vienna, two bored high-society lovers disguise themselves as struggling members of the working class. Can their love survive without the comforts and luxuries they’re used to? And 100 years later, two couples rent a beach house in The Hamptons, where a spot of extramarital flirtation might explode into something more.

Romance Romance was nominated for five Tony Awards for its Broadway run. This new production reimagines it as a brilliantly entertaining exploration of gay attraction and how times have changed.

Mar
14
Thu
A free screening of Poshida & DES!RE in celebration of LGBT History Month @ Stratford East Picturehouse
Mar 14 @ 8:30 pm

A free screening of Poshida & DES!RE in celebration of LGBT History Month

Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan is an award-winning 2015 Pakistani British documentary about the LGBT community in Pakistan. Created by Faizan Fiaz, the 25-minute film lifts the lid on the surprising and unreported experiences of the full spectrum of LGBTQI people in Pakistan while dissecting the legacy of British colonialism and the impact of the US government’s gay rights advocacy. With narration from Asifa Lahore of Channel 4’s Muslim Drag Queens fame and music by Asian Dub Foundation’s Sonia Mehta and Chopin Gard, Poshida is essential viewing for anyone interested in the secret world of a hidden and fearful community. Editor Giulio Gobbetti, Sound Design Mike Wyeld.

DES!RE (2017), directed by CampbellX, is a meditation on the desire for people who have been assigned female at birth but now define as non-binary, gender nonconforming, transmen, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, queer. We hear the voices of women and other non-binary, gender nonconforming, transmen, transgender who are attracted to them. Moving and vulnerable testimonies of loving what is made marginal by dominant mainstream culture and media. Music by Lin Sangster, Editors Kat Janes & Emma Nathan, Sound Mix & Design Vicenzo Bosa, Colourist Martin Sansom, Make Up Claudine Rose. Animation Neelu Bhuman.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with directors, Faizan Fiaz and CampbellX.

8.30: Doors open and intro
9.00-9.30: Screening of Poshida
9.35-9.45: Screening of DES!RE
9.45-10.30: Q&A, hosted by Shahmir Sanni

Mar
16
Sat
DRAWING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DRAWING ON THE BODY @ Omnibus Theatre

A guided figure drawing session exploring constructed personas and the processes of ‘dragging’, hosted by British artist Drucilla Burrell and Iranian artist Vahid Evanezzah. Drag queen Topsie Redfern and drag king Izzy Aman will transition between drag and their daily personas. Come with us behind the scenes and draw the process to explore the social rituals of femininity and masculinity.

 Basic art materials provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

*This event is presented in association with Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran, which runs 26th Feb -24th March at Omnibus Theatre. Ticket holders will receive a £5 discount on tickets purchased for Lipstick: a Fairy Tale of Iran.

Mar
22
Fri
Queer(er) squatting: an evening of discussion about LGBTQ+ squatting @ Sutton House and Breaker's Yard
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm
Queer(er) squatting: an evening of discussion about LGBTQ+ squatting @ Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

In 1985, Sutton House was occupied by squatters and re-named ‘the Blue House’. Rock concerts were held in the barn, and an old copy of the 1979 edition of the Squatters’ Handbook featuring legendary squatter, British Black Panther and feminist activist Olive Morris on the cover was recently found in the attic. Much like Sutton House, squatting has a colourful history in London, and much like the word Queer, this history is varied and contested.

Squatting has been used as a tactic by many LGBTQ people not only to survive but also to experiment with creating spaces in which they could thrive. This discussion will feature three queer speakers with histories of squatting across London. Learn about London’s radical queer history, and how they disrupt conventional understandings of squatting!

There will also be a rare opportunity to explore Hackney’s oldest house at night, and visit our new exhibition about Clive Jenkins and the ASTMS trade union, the last residents of the house before it was squatted.

All proceeds from the evening help us to carry out the important community outreach and conservation work we do.

Speakers

Caoimhe Mader McGuinness lived and organised events in squats in France and the United Kingdom in the early 2000s. After attending Queeruption 4 in London in 2002, she was part of a queer squatting collective in St Etienne (to her knowledge the first in France) before moving to London in 2004 to live in a queer squatted house which remained queer and squatted until 2010. She was involved in organising a series of queer parties and fundraising events in squatted social centres in the city including Behind Bars, Queers Against X-Mas, G8 defendant support, and more recently Queer Caff at The Field (urban commons space), a monthly queer café that ran for a little less than a year in 2015. In her unfree time she is a lecturer in Drama at Kingston University London and publishes work on performance and politics.

Zia is an ex-squat baby, from a time and place when such things were more readily possible. The modern presentations of Brixton’s historic squatting scene fail to chime with Zia’s experience. Recent stories of squatting in Brixton from the 1970s up until the 1990s, with a few exceptions, are often faded, overwhelmingly white, British, and middle-class. Zia’s experience of this scene was far from this. The community they grew up in was utopically communitarian in ideal, but tough practically. Disidentification and experimentation, especially in regards to sexuality, were the norm, and the notion of the family as a fixed unit was being actively destabilised. It was a scene of illegal immigrants, redbrick Marxists, black and mixed-race anarcha-punks, working-class leather queers, DIY hippies, slumming Romantic hipsters – all with their own histories of struggle, their own ideas about the perfect future and about how to live together in the present

Milo Bettocchi, formerly of the House of Brag (a south London queer squatting collective active between 2012 and 2014) is now a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, where his research focuses on histories of anti-racist, feminist and LGBTQIA squatting in Brixton. He has co-led walking tours of Brixton’s queer squatting histories along with members of the London Rebel Dykes.

Please book your tickets here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/d82089d2-5d4e-4b02-bd57-354185c6adfb/pages/details

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?

24/7 LIVE @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 23 @ 9:00 pm
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?

Mar
25
Mon
ELF LYONS: CHIFFCHAFF @ Omnibus Theatre
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm
ELF LYONS: CHIFFCHAFF @ Omnibus Theatre

CKP & InterTalent Group present: Elf Lyons: Chiffchaff

The Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (Best Show 2017) presents her London debut of her one-woman musical about the economy. You read that right. Let’s get fiscal. The queen of clown is back and she’s making the dismal science fun with a whole orchestra and an Invisible Hand.

BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017.

Fringe World Best Comedy Show 2018 nominee.

British Vogue’s ’20 Names of Now’.

Apr
1
Mon
They, Them, We, Us @ Arcola Theatre
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm

Arcola Queer Collective presents
They, Them, We, Us
Devised by the Company
Directed by Dani Singer

“The first duty of the revolutionary is to survive.”

They, Them, We, Us: A Queerstory is a gutsy celebration of 50 years of Queer Liberation since the Stonewall Uprising – an expansive look backwards and forwards, flowing through 50 years of queerstory in fifty minutes. Devised with white hot joy and rage, our performance is based on individual and collective stories powerfully shared with us by our Queer siblings who were part of the queerstory we are representing.

1-6 Apr, 7pm

£15/£12

See three #CD19 shows for £30 Standard/£24 Concessions. Just add them to your basket and you’ll receive a third off.

You can see They, Them, We, Us and The Quest for £20 Standard. Add both shows to your basket and we’ll take care of the rest.

The Quest @ Arcola Theatre
Apr 1 @ 8:30 pm – Apr 6 @ 8:30 pm
The Quest @ Arcola Theatre

Arcola Queer Collective presents
The Quest
By Robert Holtom
Directed by Vicky Olusanya

1-6 Apr, 8:30pm

£15/£12

“I really want a hero. One who lives in a world of magic. I want to see them on posters and in colouring books because I want to be saved from all this.”

Zemuel has been banished from his village in the Valley of Embers for bringing a monster to life. To return he must find and confront it.

Fred loves Lord of Rings, Lady Gaga and salad. He’s on his first Tinder date and everything’s going fine until his past catches up with him.

Two stories. Two worlds. One quest.

See three #CD19 shows for £30 Standard/£24 Concessions. Just add them to your basket and you’ll receive a third off.

You can see The Quest and They, Them, We, Us for £20 Standard. Add both shows to your basket and we’ll take care of the rest.

Apr
4
Thu
EcoFutures Festival Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological & Environmental Changes @ The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park
Apr 4 – Apr 19 all-day
EcoFutures Festival Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological & Environmental Changes @ The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park

EcoFutures takes place in East London and brings together over 70 artists, activists and theorists from all over the world to create a platform for discussion and experimentation around urgent environmental and ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, pollution, health and sustainability through an intersectional, feminist and queer lens.

Apr
5
Fri
Mother The Verb @ Chisenhale Dance Space
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mother The Verb @ Chisenhale Dance Space

Fusing dance, storytelling and audiovisual projections, Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual enacted from queer, trans and indigenous/of colour perspectives. Exploring motherhood and its redemptive potential through a tender, physical language, this piece is a bold and complex study of the toxic effects produced by colonialism and ecological violence on human and planetary relations.

“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.”
– Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Scholar and Midwife

Bios

Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brasil) is a performance artist working across dance, music and visual arts. Their work contests gender, social and racial expectations through processes of (dis)identification and draws from ancestral and spiritual knowledges to enact futuristic scenes of redemption, reparation and healing. Ivan also goes by the name “Tropikahl Pussy”, producing “draglesque” and live music performances.

Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including ballroom voguing. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.

Mother The Verb is part of EcoFutures festival (4-19 April 2019), organized by CUNTemporary / Arts Feminism Queer. More info on www.cuntemporary.org

The artists will conduct a workshop at Chisenhale Dance Space on Sunday 7 April 1-5pm. More information available on the website.

Mother The Verb premiered in San Francisco as part of Counterpulse Artist Residency Commissioning Program.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Ivan Monteiro’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
We would like to thank Chisenhale Dance Space for their in-kind support.

Links
EcoFutures: https://www.facebook.com/EcoFuturesFest
Mother the Verb: https://www.facebook.com/MotherTheVerb
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/306877713358241/
#MotherTheVerb #EcoFutures
IG: @hellatropikahl and @jfresquez

Enquiries
General info: info@cuntemporary.org
Press: press@cuntemporary.org
Festival: https://cuntemporary.org/category/projects/ecofutures/

Apr
6
Sat
Global Queer Voices @ Arcola Theatre
Apr 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Global Queer Voices @ Arcola Theatre

Global Voices Theatre are back with two brand new selections of the best international new writing. Come discover excerpts of plays never before staged in the UK; curated, read and performed with members of the Arcola Community Theatre Companies.

6 Apr, 3:30pm

£5

Global Queer Voices is created via an international call for playwrights – click here to learn more (deadline for submission: 24th Feb)

The event will be curated by William Gregory.

William Gregory trained in acting in the UK and Spain and began translating plays in 2003. He is the editor and translator of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Plays and his translation of Cuzco by Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez runs at Theatre 503 in Jan-Feb 2019. His translations have also featured at the Royal Court, the Gate, and on BBC Radio.

This event is part of the Arcolas Creative/Disruption 19; festival of productions
celebrating the people and diversity of East London.

Creative/Disruption 19, which features twelve productions alongside special events including readings and club nights, will light up Arcola from 18 February to 07 April 2019. Women’s, LGBTQ, Turkish, youth, 50+ and mental health groups – assembled and supported by Arcola – will stage original devised work and new takes on classic plays.

More info at
https://www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/#1542799911051-433f2f98-a3b3

Apr
7
Sun
QUEER COLLECTIVE WELLBEING DAY @ Arcola Theatre
Apr 7 all-day
QUEER COLLECTIVE WELLBEING DAY @ Arcola Theatre

Join Milly’s Massage & Yoga for a day of relaxation, release and rejuvenation. Pop in for a 15 minute massage, some meditation time or just chill and do some art therapy in a space with quiet queers. Hatha yoga classes: 2pm & 4pm Thai & Swedish massage slots: book in person on the day facebook.com/CamillaHardingYoga

Pay What You Can

7 April

QUEER QUIZ AND COMEDY NIGHT @ Arcola Theatre
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
QUEER QUIZ AND COMEDY NIGHT @  Arcola Theatre

Come on down to Arcola Bar and join some familiar faces for a pub quiz with a difference. Laugh out loud at some stand up comedy bound to tickle your fancy. Who will win the queerest of quiz prizes and be crowned the champions?

7 April, 7pm

£5

Apr
9
Tue
SF Trans*Plant @ The Art Pavilion
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm
SF Trans*Plant @ The Art Pavilion

SF Trans*Plant

a theoretical-practical bio-hacking/bio-art workshop
by Quimera Rosa
presented as part of EcoFutures festival

With a commitment to creative self-experimentation, open-source data and biomedical research, Quimera Rosa’s workshop will utilise bio-hacking DIY techniques to challenge binary identity principles that often separate humans from their non-human relations.

This workshop is based on two years of biomedical research arising from the artist’s project Trans*Plant, and the ethical issues they encountered through its development. Their research has led to the creation of two parallel processes. Firstly, “My disease is an artistic creation,” aims to replicate and release a medical technique called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat condylomata of HPV. The second strand develops a protocol for the first intravenous chlorophyll in humans. During this workshop participants will be introduced to the legal and ethical frameworks for working with biological materials, as well as techniques and tools to work with cell cultures. With this knowledge, and through the use of various biomedical techniques, each participant will create a new symbiotic being based on a composite preparation for plant cells and mycorrhizal fungi with the contribution of human material (cells, hormones or bacteria).

The workshop is aimed at people who are interested in the (de)construction of identity or who want to experiment with it. No prior knowledge is required as we encourage a curious and experimental approach.

About Trans*Plant

Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project, initiated by Quimera Rosa in 2016, that utilizes living systems and self-experimentation. It is a process that involves a ‘human > plant’ transition in various formats. The project juxtaposes disciplines such as arts, philosophy, biology, ecology, physics, botanics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and electronics. The project is involved in the current debates surrounding the Anthropocene from a perspective which is not based on ‘human exceptionalness and methodological individualism’ (Donna Haraway), but that addresses the world and its inhabitants as the product of ‘cyborg processes’, of ‘becoming with’ (Vinciane Desprets) and of ‘sympoiesis’ (Haraway).

The greatest problem with the dominant strand of ecology is that it is based on a notion of ‘nature’ which is separate from humanity and the rest of the universe. Such discourses of ecology lead to colonial and binary relations between nature and culture, and an almost infinite list of other binomials founded in modern Western thought: man / woman, white / non-white, straight / queer, science / witchcraft, adult / child, normal / abnormal. The second term of each binomial is associated with nature and is therefore subjected to the same regime of violence.
Through heterotrophy carried out to its maximum, a necropolitics is constituted that literally ‘consumes’ everything on this planet. ‘Protecting nature’ seems to be a bad idea… It is strange how it is generally accepted that an individual, delimited by the skin, constitutes a living being, but that the planet as a whole is not regarded in this way. It is time to conceive of ‘ungrid-able ecologies’ (Natasha Myers) and ways of ‘un-greening the green’ (Jens Hauser).

In order to conceive of a non-anthropocentric ecology, we need to move away from identities based on essences and move towards an understanding of identities based on numerous relationships. While a human > plant transition process that includes an intravenous chlorophyll protocol will generate fears, fantasies and judgments, it can nevertheless open up the debate on identity systems. The process of self-experimentation is never an individual process, it is always a collective one. Obtaining a pure molecule of chlorophyll is as hard as getting testosterone from the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry or the legal and health system. All life is patented.

Trans*Plant would not be possible without the different ecosystems of which it is part.

Bio

Created in Barcelona in 2008, Quimera Rosa [Pink Chimera] is a nomadic lab that researches and experiments on body, technoscience and identities. Quimera Rosa aims to develop practices that produce non-natural cyborg identities from a transdisciplinary perspective. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s notion of the cyborg defined as: “chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism,” the collective deconstructs sex and gender identities as well as the interactions between body/machine/environment. Their performances produce hybridised beings and chimeras to explore aspects of subjectivity which result from the incorporation of prosthetics.

Informed by transfeminist and post-identitarian discourses, they see bodies as platforms for public intervention that can test the limits between public and private. Sexuality is understood as a technological and artistic creation with which to experiment, hybridize and blur the frontiers between natural / artificial, normal / abnormal, male / female, hetero / homo, human / animal, animal / plant, art / politics, art / science, reality / fiction…

Most of Quimera Rosa’s work is conducted in a collaborative manner and free of patents and proprietary codes. It has been presented in streets, contemporary art centres, bars, galleries, universities, concert halls, colleges, discos, museums, squats, festivals and theatres.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Quimera Rosa’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
With thanks to Raphael Kim, Queen Mary University of London, for the technical assistance.

£70-80 for the 5 day workshop / includes material costs / only 10 places available

Ticket link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-transplant-tickets-57333562228

Apr
11
Thu
Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure @ Genesis Cinema
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure @ Genesis Cinema

Tickets: https://genesiscinema.co.uk/GenesisCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=16125344

With a poetic blend of curiosity, humor, sensuality and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Travel around with Annie, a former sex worker, Beth, a professor, and their dog Butch, in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit, as they explore the complex history and politics of water on a quirky adventure across the Golden State in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit.

On a journey that spans the sacred and the profane, tragedy and comedy, they meet with an array of water experts, activists, spiritual advisors and regular folks, seeking the truth about our relationship to water. They hike into the remote site of Nestle’s dubious water bottling racket. They play in the family pool where Annie gave her first blowjob. They commune with elephant seals, consult an oracle, and plunge a toilet. Beth anoints a parched shrub with water from her nostrils. They contemplate the flavor bouquet of drinking water made from wastewater. They even crash San Francisco’s Pride Parade with erotic water chants. The resulting assemblage of facts, thoughts and feelings about water composes a messy ecosexual philosophy about the intimate and life-giving qualities of the most vital liquid on Earth.

Ecosexuality shifts the metaphor “Earth as Mother” to “Earth as Lover” to create a more reciprocal and empathetic relationship with the natural world. When their road trip climaxes in a shocking event, their affectionate partnership with the Earth saves the day, reuniting their family and affirming the power of water, life and love.

Apr
20
Sat
Choose Yr Own Adventure! Sober QLGBT dance party @ DIY Space for London
Apr 20 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 12:00 am
Choose Yr Own Adventure! Sober QLGBT dance party @ DIY Space for London

CYOA is a QLGBT dance party for anyone who wants a night out without alcohol or intoxicants – welcoming people of all genders and sexualities, all ages, all bodies and characters! Playing a range of femme pop music and found at the welcoming DIY Space for London, nearby to Peckham and Elephant.