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.
Somewhere Under the Rainbow – A Day of Joyful Singing @ Shrewsbury Quaker Centre
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Somewhere Under the Rainbow -  A Day of Joyful Singing @ Shrewsbury  Quaker Centre

Shrewsbury Clarion Choir and LGBT History Month Shrewsbury are hosting a day of joyful singing. This is the first of it’s kind in Shrewsbury. All songs will be taught by ear and the event is open to anyone regardless of musical experience. The songs will reflect the lives and experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and the workshop is open to allies and friends and anyone who wants to sing for positive change. We will bring food to share for lunch and go for a social coffee/tea after the event.
Led by Roxane Smith

Exhibition – Back in Time @ The Hive
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Exhibition - Back in Time @ The Hive

Open Tuesdays – Fridays 9.30am – 5pm in the Gallery at he Hive – drop by and check out this growing collection. This year the exhibition will feature new boards including a schools and a transgender board.
A fascinating exhibition of Shropshire’s LGBT history, in a National context.

No need to register – just turn up!

Join us on 1st Feb at 6pm to launch the exhibition – there’ll be wine and everything!

Exhibition – The Life and Work of Samuel Butler @ Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm
Exhibition - The Life and Work of Samuel Butler @ Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

An exhibition of the life and work of Samuel Butler – artist, author and photographer

Queering the Collection: Cruising the Baths of Dürer’s Nuremberg @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

A queer reading of The Bath House by Albrecht Durer. Ryan Kearney will talk through the image but through a queer ‘contemporary’ lens, importing references or ideas from queerness today to a situation where queerness didn’t necessarily exist or at least not how we understand it. The talk will focus on public sex, cruising queer spaces such as the bathhouse and how that relates to the work in 1496.

The talk takes place at 13:30 and 15:00.

Ryan Kearney (b. 1995) is an independent writer and curator based between London and Birmingham. His on-going research centres on participatory and socially engaged curatorial practices, as well as how the displaying of queer archival histories can facilitate communal and intergenerational discussions.

Ryan’s writing has appeared in this is tomorrow and In the Pink, a publication launched by Grand Union and SHOUT Festival in November 2018. Recent projects include Three Models for Change, STRYX (2018); Rainbow Flag / Trojan Horse: Ian Giles, Recent Activity (2018); and Queering the Archive, Recent Activity (2017). He assists in delivering the public programme of Recent Activity, an artist-run space based in Birmingham.

Worcester LGBT History Month Launch Event @ The Flag
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm
Worcester LGBT History Month Launch Event @ The Flag

Out2gether and Worcestershire Pride invite you to a special early evening opening event hosted by drag queen ‘Rockella’ at the Flag. Information displays, complementary glass of wine or juice, complementary snacks, other drinks on special offer, networking opportunities, raffle. Free LGBT History Month badge for first 30 people. Meet other LGBT+ folks and allies. Find out about the other events planned for the month. Stay on to enjoy party night at the Flag.

Gender and Identity: Renaissance elbows and the Masquerade gallery tours @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 5 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

A new themed tour developed by The Barber to celebrate for LGBT History Month.

This tour will be run at: 11.30 and 1.15

Modern and Contemporary Forum (MAC) LGBT History Month Event @ University of Birmingham Arts building room 201
Feb 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Our February forum will have a special LGBT History Month theme! We have two speakers discussing their research on different aspects of LGBTQ history:

George Severs, University of Cambridge: ‘The Emotional Politics of Queer Sainthood during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in England’

Martha Robinson Rhodes, University of Birmingham: ‘Coming Out, Bisexuality and Ambivalence in Queer Oral Histories’

As usual, there will be time for questions and discussion, and plenty of refreshments. All welcome!

Queer Quiz @ Penthouse Suite above the Loft Lounge
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm
Queer Quiz @ Penthouse Suite above the Loft Lounge

Pink Sou’westers tenth Queer Quiz for LGBT History month. To celebrate our tenth anniversary this year entry is FREE, but we will still have the same fabulous prizes for teams and individuals. However it’s not all about winning, but about having fun while exploring and learning about our queer heritage, as ALL the questions are LGBT related. Categories are sport, music, art and literature, entertainment, history, geography, politics and society and ‘local’. We guarantee that every one will know lots, but also learn lots this evening. Come with a ready formed team or come on your own and we will match you with some team-mates. Everyone is welcome, whether lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary, questioning, or a straight ally. Pay bar in the room, fully accessible. FREE and no need to book but arrive promptly please.

LGBTQ+ / Sexual Violence Event @ University of Birmingham Bramall building
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Wellbeing & Partnership team at the University of Birmingham will be holding a LGBTQ+ and Sexual Violence Awareness Event on Friday 8 February to coincide with LGBT History Month and Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

The event is not only about supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but to also recognise and celebrate the significant contribution LGBTQ+ staff and students have made to the University and wider community. The second part of this event will involve the promotion and awareness of Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (4th – 10th February 2019) which is a nationwide campaign that seeks to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence and, most importantly, of the support services available to survivors. A range of organisations will be attending to advise on the services that they offer.

This will be an informal event, open to both staff and students at the University. There will be light refreshments, activities and opportunities for networking throughout.

Significant Others: Companions, or Just Good Friends – Does it Matter. Peter Roscoe @ The Hive
Feb 9 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Significant Others: Companions, or Just Good Friends - Does it Matter. Peter Roscoe @ The Hive

Local activist Peter Roscoe returns for another fascinating presentation..

Joan Lander (1917 – 1997) & Valerie Curtis [Wellington] – The last owner of Sunnycroft;

Eglantyne Jebb (1876 – 1928) & Margaret Keynes [Ellesmere] – Save the Children Fund;

Dame Agnes Hunt (1867- 1948) & Emily Goodford [Baschurch] Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital;

Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902) & Henry Festing Jones [Shrewsbury]. Author, painter, photographer and musician.

Local LGBT+ activist Peter Roscoe has been exploring these ‘friendships’. On this journey, it became clear to him that, for Joan, Eglantyne, Agnes and Samuel, their ‘significant others’ (usually referred to as ‘friends’ or ‘companions’ by historians and archivists) were essential to their happiness and their life achievements. Not so for others; some found the suggestion that their sexuality may have been other than heterosexual unacceptable, unimportant or irrelevant.


A history of Trade Union support for LGBT+ Workers’ Rights @ The Hive
Feb 9 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
A history of Trade Union support for LGBT+ Workers’ Rights @ The Hive

Quinn Roache is the TUC’s LGBT+ and Disability Policy Officer working within their Equality and Strategy Department. In this presentation, he will cover a brief history of trade union activism supporting LGBT+ workers’ rights, and outline current contemporary LGBT+ issues and what trade unions are doing to address them and cover emerging issues.

Previously Quinn worked for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on high profile projects including their Pregnancy and Maternity Work Programme, Home Care Inquiry which drew national attention to key issues of discrimination and shaped national debate. He has led on community engagement projects on a variety of themes including the UNCRPD and increasing LGBT+ hate crime reporting.

In his spare time Quinn can be found shopping for mid-century furniture or fussing over his cat T-Cups.

Young People’s Showcase @ The Hive
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Young People's Showcase @ The Hive

Another fabulous afternoon with Shropshire’s LGBT+ young people – music, presentations and celebration.
Special guests, music, food, good and emerging good practice. Anyone who has managed to join us in previous years will know this is one not to miss

Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s Photography and Decolonising Queer Art History @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This lecture by Dr Greg Salter explores the art of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-89), a Nigerian-born, British-based photographer. Through his representations of the black queer body, Fani-Kayode’s work combines references to the AIDS crisis, the gay leather scene, Yoruba spirit possession, and histories of slavery. This lecture considers how Fani-Kayode brings these disparate elements together and how this might reshape narratives of queer British art history.

Greg Salter is lecturer in art history at the University of Birmingham. He is completing his first book Art And Masculinity In Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home (Bloomsbury), and is in the early stages of a new project on queer British art history and decolonisation.

Being out in the Work-place: networks, support and changing attitudes over time @ University of Birmingham Strathcona building Lecture Theatre 7
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hear from and chat with a panel of students and staff at various stages of their careers about being out in our sexual and gender identities in our workplaces, the challenges that this has brought and the role and value of employer based support networks.

Quentin Crisp Naked Hope @ Artrix
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm
Quentin Crisp Naked Hope @ Artrix

Written and performed by Mark Farrelly
Directed by Linda Marlowe

From a conventional upbringing to global notoriety via The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit.

Openly gay as early as the 1930s, Quentin spent decades being beaten up on London’s streets for his refusal to be anything less than himself. His courage, and the powerful philosophy that evolved from those experiences, inspire to the present day.

This much-acclaimed solo play, following a UK tour and off-West End season, shows Quentin in his beloved Chelsea flat in the 1960s, and in his final years in his adopted New York.

Naked Hope is a gloriously uplifting salute to a true one-off, and a timely reminder of the urgent necessity to live every day as your real self…no matter what they say.

Mark Farrelly’s West End credits include Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? opposite Matthew Kelly. He is directed by EastEnders star Linda Marlowe (Berkoff’s Women).

Unclandestine Valentine – Poetry Open Mic @ St. Nicholas Bar and Grill
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Unclandestine Valentine - Poetry Open Mic @ St. Nicholas Bar and Grill

The fabulous Liz Lefroy will compere. An evening/open mic of LGBTQ+ poetry.

The theme is Valentine’s – all things romance related

Guest performance by Lucy Aphramor “the literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson: (Broadway Baby)

For LGBTQ folk and friends. Benefit night for SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination), ticket by donation on the door. No need to register – just turn up!

A Lesbian Life/Invisible Women – Films + Q&A @ The Hive
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
A Lesbian Life/Invisible Women - Films + Q&A @ The Hive

A very special double-bill: Invisible Women & A Lesbian Life: Outing the 70s & 80s

The first of two half-hour films plus discussion

Invisible Women: Angela and Luchia have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights— and yours. They revolutionised the lives of thousands of women and yet no record of them exists. Theirs is a story that risks disappearing from history – until now. Invisible Women tells the incredible story of these pioneers, from running out on a lobotomy to starting the Gay Liberation Front in the north, from rocking with the Northern Women’s Rock Liberation Band to taking on Margaret Thatcher and Section 28. Both Angela and Luchia will be joining us.

A Lesbian Life: Outing the 70s & 80s: A unique filmed-interview with Amanda Russell who will be joining us, along with film-producer Janet Jones for some after-screening discussion. Amanda was Manager of Gays the Word bookshop in London at the time it was raided by HM Customs who seized imported books that they deemed ‘obscene’. This was 1984 and the bookshop Directors were charged with conspiracy – but we won’t spoil it – come and find out what happened next.

Amanda and Film-make Janet Jones will both be joining us.

The discussion

Alongside Angela, Luchia, Amanda and Janet will be Frankie Green in a discussion Chaired by Sue Gorbing from Shrewsbury LGBT History.

Frankie was a ’60s activist in the anti-apartheid and anti-Vietnam war movements, and the 1970s Gay Liberation Front and the Women’s Liberation Movement. She played drums in two early feminist groups before working in the Sisterwrite collective, volunteering at Lesbian Line and campaigning against Clause 28 in the 80s. Recent activism includes anti-pinkwashing protests with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Frankie has also set up an archive documenting feminist music-making in the UK Women’s Liberation Movement https://womensliberationmusicarchive.co.uk

50 Years Legal – Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival screening @ The Old Market Hall Cinema
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm
50 Years Legal - Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival screening @ The Old Market Hall Cinema

Simon Napier-Bell (previously manager of The Yardbirds, T Rex and George Michael) has gathered together some of our nations much loved personalities including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Elton John, Matt Lucas, Stephen K. Amos and Stephen Fry, to make a documentary of historical and personal accounts that relate to key landmarks in the landscape of LGBT culture.

Simon Napier-Bell (2017) UK 1h 17m
Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry

Finding a Voice – LGBT and faith identities @ University of Birmingham Medical School Arthur Thompson Hall
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This event will provide a conversation about the intersection between religion/faith and the LGBT community, including personal accounts from individuals of different faiths and beliefs talking about their journeys. The panel discussion will bring together different views to explore approaches to living in a contemporary multi-faith and LGBT-inclusive society.

Clare Summerskill – Rights of Passage @ The Hive
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Clare Summerskill - Rights of Passage @ The Hive

Clare Summerskill is a playwright, an actress, a singer-songwriter and a lesbian comedienne. She regularly performs her own one-woman comedy shows and tours them to theatres in England and the US.

Rights of Passage is a play by Clare Summerskill which toured to theatres nationally in 2017. Clare was in the production herself, acting alongside fellow cast members of her theatre company, Artemis. The play focused on the stories of three contributors, a gay man from Iran, a lesbian from Uganda, and a gay man from Malaysia, and tells their moving and courageous stories.

In this presentational talk Clare discusses issues which the play addresses, including the situation of LGBT rights internationally, legal criteria which allow LGBT people who are persecuted in their home country to seek asylum in other nations, and Home Office interview questioning methods which ask people to ‘prove’ that they are gay. She reads extracts from the play highlighting some of these matters, and she also presents a selection of character monologues. The presentational talk concludes with an original song which Clare sings with guitar, pertinent to the content of the play.

The presentation will be followed by discussion and a panel session

Dean Atta Poetry Reading + Q&A @ The Hive
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Dean Atta Poetry Reading + Q&A @ The Hive

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books.
‘Dean Atta’s Poetry is as honest as truth itself’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.
‘Dean Atta is a rare talent in contemporary poetry. His poems speak like we think. He shows us thought as those thoughts happen, that is, powered one conviction at a time by an emotional intelligence. His poems originate in a cleared in-between territory. His multi-valence approach to poetry elegantly combines the inward/personal and outward/ political. Dean Atta keeps his readers and listeners leaning forward into a troubled world that he sensuously invokes and by those terms it is a world that he makes anew.’ – Fred D’Aguiar

Queer Sorrow: a sad poetry workshop led by Al Anderson @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The general theme of the workshop shall be on ‘queer loneliness’, a deliberately vague category that shall be otherwise left to the imagination of the attendees. I shall invite those participating in the workshop to ‘respond’ to chosen artworks through their own writing. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own poetry, not necessarily reacting to the theme, along with them if they wish to have it read and critiqued (in the most friendly sense) by the group.

Al Anderson is a writer of poetry and prose originally from Birmingham. His writing has appeared in Lighthouse, Sonder, No Issue, Rapsodia, Rapso X and 2 of Pilot Press’ Anthologies: ‘a queer anthology of joy’ and ‘a queer anthology of rage’ and has been translated into Italian and FrenchHe is currently a PhD Candidate at UEA writing about The Baroque, Queer Phenomenology and inaccurate replication in contemporary poetry. He is also a dramaturge and most recently worked on ‘I occur here’ an award winning piece of devised theatre from the South American company, ‘oh dear.’

Who’s Afraid of Margery Fry? Reflections on Education and Birmingham’s Queer Heritage @ University of Birmingham Strathcona building Lecture Theatre 1
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr Mo Moulton is an expert in the history of gender and sexuality. In this talk, Dr Moulton reveals the fascinating life of Margery Fry, prison reformer (famed for her appearance on the last version of the £5.00 note) and former educator here at UoB.

STEM, LGBTQ and You Conference @ University of Birmingham School of Metallurgy and Materials
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

oSTEM Birmingham presents the first ‘STEM, LGBTQ and You’ conference.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, through the Alumni Impact Fund, we for the first time ever, are holding a daylong conference dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in STEM to finish our programming for LGBT history month.
This is designed for everyone, regardless of if you have a STEM background or identify as LGBTQ. We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about a diverse range of subjects and/or how people who identify as LGBTQ experience the world of STEM.

Bird La Bird’s Travelling Queer Peoples’ History @ University of Birmingham Arts building Lecture Room 6
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A revolutionary exploration of the deep queer past which may change the way you think about LGBTI history forever. This box set worth of true stories squashed into a show bursts with information, insight, laughter and emotion.
Beginning in the vast prison which once stood on the site of Tate Britain, Bird lovingly traces the lives of queer prisoners spanning through centuries and across the British Empire. It decolonises LGBTI history by taking an inclusive, irreverent approach to the past.

Rotterdam @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre
May 20 – May 22 all-day
Rotterdam @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Following a critically-acclaimed West End run Rotterdam comes to The REP.

It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian.

As Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?

A bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home from writer Jon Brittain, co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, and writer of What Would Spock Do? and The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo.