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

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

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

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