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.
LGBTQ Museum Project launch @ Maidstone Museum
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event to launch a new project aiming to show the museum’s collections in the light of the LGBTQ community

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony @ Gravesend Community Square
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony @ Gravesend Community Square

Gravesham Borough Council is celebrating Gravesham LGBT communities by raising the Rainbow Flag on Monday 4 February at 10am. This special event, led by the Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr David Hurley and Cllr Steve Thompson will celebrate the diversity of LGBT communities across Gravesham. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. The Rainbow Flag will continue to fly throughout February.

An Evening with Allie Rogers @ The Keep
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
An Evening with Allie Rogers @ The Keep

To celebrate LGBT History Month, local author Allie Rogers will discuss the spirit of Brighton and its ‘particular place in the queer psyche of the country’ with Lesley Wood, chief executive of New Writing South. The conversation will also cover the LGBT experiences of different generations, the crossover between fact and fiction, and the way archives can support and enrich creative writing. Allie’s novels Little Gold (shortlisted for the 2018 Polari First Book Prize) and Tale of a Tooth will be on sale.

An Audience with Lady Phyll @ Canterbury Christ Church University - Old Sessions House
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm
An Audience with Lady Phyll @ Canterbury Christ Church University - Old Sessions House

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is an award winning and long time LGBT, feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial activist. She is the founder and director of UK Black Pride and hit the headlines in 2006 when she publicly refused a MBE in protest at LGBT persecution by colonial regimes.

Tuesday 05 February 2019 at 6.00pm in Michael Berry Theatre (Og46), Canterbury Campus.

This event is hosted by CCCq in collaboration with CCCU BAME Society. David Shepherd, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will be introducing the event


Free Display: History II: Peace, Reconciliation, and Activism @ Surrey History Centre
Feb 6 – Feb 28 all-day
Free Display: History II: Peace, Reconciliation, and Activism @ Surrey History Centre

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Surrey and elsewhere.
The national theme for 2019 is ‘History II: Peace, Reconciliation, and Activism’ marking the 100th anniversary of the official end of the First World War. Our display looks at homosexuality during the First and Second World Wars and features Surrey’s famous LGBT men and women who supported the war effort at home and abroad, including Dame Ethel Smyth, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, JR Ackerley, Robert Graves, Harry Daley, Noel Coward, Dirk Bogarde, Alan Turing, Terence Rattigan, and EM Forster.

LGBT Collections in the Mass Observation Archive @ The Keep
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LGBT Collections in the Mass Observation Archive @ The Keep

To coincide with LGBT History Month, Jessica Scantlebury will lead a workshop highlighting the Mass Observation Archive’s LGBT collections, including the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (NLGS). The NLGS was launched in 1986 by Kenneth Barrow who, inspired by his membership of the writing panel for the Mass Observation Project, sought to collect autobiographical reports from gay men and women. Find out more about this collection, and others held by the Mass Observation Archive, in a hands-on session about everyday life for LGBT people in 1990s Britain.

Changing Tides: Trans journeys together – as parents, allies, advocates @ JHB Main Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Changing Tides: Trans journeys together - as parents, allies, advocates @ JHB Main Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University

Susie Green CEO of Mermaids UK and Dame Katherine Grainger, Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in conversation on the current situation for young people and their families in the context of societal and personal attitudes and media debates on trans rights, gender non-conformity and the roles of parents and allies.

Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show @ Jerwood Gallery
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Bird la Bird's Travelling Queer People's History Show @ Jerwood Gallery

Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show showcases hidden queer histories beneath some of the UK’s best known museums and galleries, an outrageous exploration which blurs the lines between comedy and performance art.
Portrait of Bird © Sarah Jane Moon

Quiz night @ Brookes Sport Headington, Oxford University
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Quiz night @ Brookes Sport Headington, Oxford University

Amnesty International Oxford City Group and the Oxford Brookes LGBTQ+ Staff Forum invite you to join us for a fun-packed fundraising evening.

– Voluntary contribution
– Prizes to be won
– All welcome!

The bar will be open until 11pm and the cafe will be open until 7pm.

No booking required.

Appropriate Behaviour @ Stevenage Community Arts Centre
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
Appropriate Behaviour @ Stevenage Community Arts Centre

Thursday 21st February 2019
Appropriate Behaviour (15)
LGBT Friends and Allies Film Night

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm film.

All tickets just £4

After the success of Love Simon we are proud to present Appropriate Behaviour

From writer/director/actress Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post) comes an ironic, Iranian, hipster date movie; APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR is an achingly cool, post-feminist comedy about what happens when a girl comes out and discovers that extraordinary is the new ordinary.

This film will be shown at The Stevenage Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg Retail Park, London Road, Stevenage SG1 1XN.

Everyone welcome regardless of their sexual orientation.

LGBT History Month – Folkestone @ The Park Inn
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LGBT History Month - Folkestone @ The Park Inn

Folkestone and Hythe Labour party are celebrating LGBT history month with what we hope to be a fun event filled with games laughter, a raffle with prizes. And the icing on the cake is that the founder of LGBT History month herself – Sue Sanders will host a talk and a discussion. We look forward to seeing you there.

Folkestone and Hythe Labour Party Equality officers.

Free Day: LGBT History Month at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery @ Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Day: LGBT History Month at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery @ Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Join us once a month for one of our themed Free Days at Brighton Museum, with family fun, hands-on creative activities and bitesize talks.

Join us to celebrate hidden LGBTQ histories at this interactive day for all the family, with storytelling, art workshops and a whole heap of surprises.

In collaboration with OUTing the Past, the festival of LGBT History presented by Schools Out UK.

Programme (please note the following times are subject to change):

Transformation Station – 11am-1.30pm
Foyer, ground floor
Queer Looks Young Project Team members Li and Zoe transform faces with make up and facepaint.
Not suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

The Marketplace – 11am-4pm
20th Century Gallery, ground floor
Help youth organisation Allsorts create an LGBT icons montage, find out more about LGBT events coming up at Charleston Farmhouse and meet representatives from The Rainbow Hub and The Alzheimer’s Society at this open-access showcase from local service providers.

Molly Spoons workshop, photograph Ranulph Redlin
Make & Do Cabaret – Molly Spoons 11.30am-12.15pm, 12.30-1.15pm, 2.30-3.15pm and 3.30-4.15pm
Art Room, ground floor
Meet some colourful characters, create your own Molly Spoon and take it on a fashion parade in this unique hybrid of history, performance and vigorous ‘Make & Do’.
Best for over fives

Rainbow Stories – 11-11.30am, 12.30-1pm, 2-2.30pm
Archaeology Gallery, ground floor
Get cosy around the fire with storyteller in residence Karen, who will be sharing short stories for little ones celebrating love and difference.

Make & Take – Pride Flags – 11am-4pm
North Balcony, first floor
Join artist in residence Nadya to learn more about the history of the Pride flag and make your own to take away.

OUTing the Past Talk Series – 11.15am-4.45pm
Museum Lab, first floor
A series of illuminating 20 minute talks exploring a variety of LGBTQ histories from Brighton and beyond.
To register for tickets (FREE) visit Eventbrite
Download the OUTing The Past Festival of LGBT History 2019 timetable

DJ Jumeau from Gal Pals, Brighton’s queer dance party for women & non-binary folks, provides music to bring the museum to life.

Please note the museum is open 10am-5pm but the activities run 11am-4pm

OUTing the Past Festival of LGBT History @ Brighton Museum & Art Gallery @ Museum Lab, First Floor, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Feb 23 @ 11:15 am – 4:45 pm
OUTing the Past Festival of LGBT History @ Brighton Museum & Art Gallery @ Museum Lab, First Floor, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

A day of illuminating talks and performances exploring a variety of LGBTQ histories from Brighton and beyond.

Event Programme

Melita Dennett
Section 28: Promoting Prejudice
Melita Dennett, local radio broadcaster, provides an insight into life as a former member of the Brighton Area Action against Section 28. Looking at the context leading up to the introduction of the legislation in 1988 including AIDS, media homophobia and the Tories’ attacks on progressive Labour policies; Melita gives an insider’s perspective of how Brighton’s LGBTQ community came together to fight the clause with some audacious actions and plenty of wit and humour. This presentation reflects on the urgency of remembering the campaign which made Brighton the place it is today. She reminds us that we need to be vigilant in a world shifting to the Right to ensure that legal and social protections for LGBTQ people are not undermined.

Dr Sharon Webb & Prof Kate O’ Riordan
GaySoc and Campus Life: Activism, Politics and Experience
A look at the fragmented, and often incoherent histories of Sussex University’s LGBTQ+ Society that shares events and insights drawn from oral history testimonies and archives. Since the late 1960s the Society has acted as powerful lobbying group for a litany of gay rights and broader civil rights issues. This presentation will describe the political rallies and forms of protest used, including the Society’s involvement with Brighton Gay Pride, and consider the Society’s impact on campus life and their presence in Brighton more broadly.

Susan Eskdale & Neil Bartlett
PEDAGOGUE, Clause 28 and the 1980s
Neil Bartlett is an author, playwright and civil rights campaigner. In 1988 Neil was an out gay man working as artist in residence on the BA Fine Art Course at what was then Newcastle Polytechnic. Susan, who now works for Brighton Museum, was an art student keen to explore all creative options. PEDAGOGUE a short film, features performances by Susan and her fellow students, exploring in comic style the possible implications of Clause 28. This presentation, exploring how and why the film was made, will be followed by a screening of the piece.

Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler – Living Histories Cymru
“The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”: Miss Frances Power Cobbe and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd in conversation.
The history of women’s suffrage often ignores the mid Victorian campaigners who blazed a trail for 20th century feminists. This performance throws light on the contribution of ‘women loving women’ to the early women’s suffrage cause. It follows a lively conversation in costume with Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822), an Irish feminist, theologian, journalist and political activist, and her partner Mary Charlotte Lloyd (b 1819), a Welsh artist and sculptor. From beyond the grave, the couple reminisce about how they met in Rome through ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (a group of women loving women), and a lifetime of campaigning for women’s suffrage and animal rights.

Ven Paldano
Decolonising the Legacy of Local Regency & (Black Indigenous People of Colour) Gender Narratives
Ven Paldano, Local Architectural Assistant and community organiser within QTIPoC Narratives Collective, unravels the heritage of 162 East Sussex slave owners. This visual essay looks at Georgian wealth and extravagance from the perspective of the people who paid for it. It examines the impact of British colonial laws on Queer people of colour, laws that wrote indigenous non-binary gender identities out of history. The talk examines how these past injustices still cause shame and hardship for many Queer people of colour today and how this relates to current LGBTQ immigration struggles.

Alex Bakker
Transgender Pioneers of the Fifties: a secret history
In December 1952, Christine Jorgensen, a former GI from New York, caused a media sensation by undergoing sex reassignment surgery in Denmark. This marked a time when many transgender people started searching for medical help to transition.
Sex reassignment surgery was officially prohibited in most countries and the Danish government quickly banned helping foreigners. However, through an international network of doctors, the Netherlands temporarily became a secret place of refuge for American and European trans women.
Alex Bakker, an expert in Dutch transgender history, looks at the difficulties faced by these trans pioneers of the fifties. He uncovers how the relationships between transgender persons and doctors developed and the ethical issues raised by this new medical approach to what many regarded as mental illness.

Dr Kit Heyam
Gender nonconformity and trans possibility at Knockaloe First World War internment camp
From the outbreak of the First World War, and particularly following the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915, Britain imprisoned nationals of enemy countries who were on British soil. These vast camps have frequently been written about as ‘all-male environments’ as only those of military age, who were assigned male at birth were sent there. However, investigation reveals some people lived full-time as females within them. How should we interpret evidence of historical gender nonconformity when we lack first-person accounts of how it related to identity?
This talk discusses Knockaloe, a camp on the Isle of Man which at its peak held 24,000 people. Using photographs and diaries from the camp alongside the testimony of early 20th century trans people, it argues for the importance of acknowledging the possibility of trans identity in history.

Free but ticketed

Not the Done Thing: a (mostly lesbian) afternoon for LGBT history month @ Nightingale Room, Grand Central
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Not the Done Thing: a (mostly lesbian) afternoon for LGBT history month @ Nightingale Room, Grand Central

All welcome at this LGBTQ inclusive event – an exciting afternoon presented by Frida Fridays and Living Histories Cymru for LGBT. Jane Traies presents readings, discussion and poetry basde on her new book aboutthe lives of older lesbians Now You See Me. Followed by An Extraordinary Female Affection: the life and love of the Ladies of Llangollen with Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler.

All People That On Earth Do Dwell @ Christ Church
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
All People That On Earth Do Dwell @ Christ Church

Christ Church Milton-next- Gravesend, as a member of Inclusive Church, is pleased to host a Service of Thanksgiving during LGBT History Month to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions of LGBT communities throughout the ages. Join us at 4pm on Sunday, 24th February. We are welcoming and open to all.
“How wide and long and high and deep is the love of God.” – Inclusive Church

LGBT in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ TBC
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm
LGBT in STEM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ TBC

On 25 February we will organise an LGBT+-themed Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Brighton. We will be learning how to edit and write Wikipedia articles and use these new skills to improve the representation of LGBT+ scientists (and other minorities) on Wikipedia! We will be joined by Wikimedian at the Wellcome Collection, Alice White, and comedian, PhD student and podcaster, Cerys Bradley.