LGBT History Month promotes themes that are dear to us all - equality, diversity, acceptance and inclusion, to name just a few. This year’s theme is Peace, Activism & Reconciliation. As usual, the Midlands will be hosting a number of events to remember those who’ve fought - and are still fighting - for LGBTQ+ rights, and to raise awareness about a whole range of issues via a variety of mediums, including film, talks, performances and exhibitions.
Here’s just a selection of what’s happening, and where, across the region...
Birmingham LGBT History Festival: Various venues, 21 - 24 February
Birmingham LGBT’s SHOUT Festival presents the third Birmingham LGBT History Festival, featuring a series of screenings, talks and events exploring LGBTQ+ histories. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the programme includes talks by Dr Michell Chresfield (University of Birmingham) and Jamie Windust - writer, activist and editor of Fruitcake Magazine.
There’ll also be an informal afternoon looking at the history of Birmingham’s famous Nightingale Club in its 50th anniversary year, and a screening of the documentary Invisible Women, which explores the untold histories of Angela and Luchia, lesbian activists who were pioneers of the women’s movement.
Further details on www.shoutfestival.co.uk
Midlands Zone columnist Lacey Lou
What: Are you Fem dear? LGBTQ History Month Tour.
Where: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
When: 2 February, 1pm - 3pm
Join new Midlands Zone columnist Lacey Lou as she explores both the museum’s historical collections and the contemporary content of current exhibitions Women Power Protest and Too Cute! Promising to be relaxed, humorous and informative, this two-hour event provides an insight into how misogyny has shaped the practice of this well-known local drag icon, activist and artist.
Info: Drop-in session FREE Website: HERE
Women Power Protest
What: Women Power Protest: Mindful Art Workshop
Where: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
When: 9 February, 12noon - 1pm
An event originally planned for Birmingham’s older LGBTQ+ community as part of the city’s Ageing With Pride campaign, this early-afternoon event is now open to all and includes workshops themed around the museum’s Women Power Protest exhibition.
The event is a response to some of the feminist slogans and vintage erotica on show. The workshop follows a bespoke tour (11am - 12noon) of the Women Power Protest exhibition.
Info: Admission is FREE Website: HERE
What: Dean Atta: Poetry Evening
Where: The Hive, Shrewsbury
When: 23 February, 7pm - 9.30pm
Named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the Independent On Sunday’s Pink List, Dean Atta’s performance poetry addresses themes of race, gender, identity and growing up. His debut collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.
Info: Admission £10/£6 Website: HERE
More LGBT History Month events taking place across the region...
Samuel Butler: Outing The Past Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, 1 February - 3 March
Exhibition featuring author, artist, photographer and one-time New Zealand sheep farmer Samuel Butler. Website: HERE
LGBT+ Quaker Get-together Peace Hub, 41 Bull Street, Birmingham, B18 5NB, 9 & 20 Feb, 6.30pm - 8pm
Discussion exploring the acceptance of LGBT+ people within the Quaker community, and addressing how Birmingham’s Ageing Better campaign can assist connections between the groups. This event is open to LGBT+ people & allies of any age, as well as members and attendees of the Quaker meetings in Central England. It’s also open to those interested in finding out more about Quakers. Website: HERE
Ageing With Pride & Ageing Better LGBT Hub Bespoke Tour Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery, 9 February, 11am -12noon
This event is followed by the Women Power Protest: Mindful Art Workshop (see above).
LGBT History Month Stall Leamington Town Hall, 9 February, 10am - 1pm
Hosted by Leamington Pride.
Gay Birmingham Remembered Revival 9 February, 6pm - 8.30pm, Birmingham LGBT Centre Cafe (38/40 Holloway Circus)
A look at the Gay Birmingham Remembered artwork originally exhibited in the city in 2008 with the support of Birmingham LGBT. The event also includes refreshments. Website: HERE
LGBT History Month Pub Quiz The Yard, Coventry, 12 February, 8pm - 10pm
Hosted by Coventry Pride.
An Afternoon Of Film The Hive, Shrewsbury, 16 February, 2.30pm - 5pm
A special double bill including ‘Invisible Women’, exploring untold histories of two lesbian activists who were pioneers of the women’s movement and ‘A Lesbian Life: Outing The 70s And 80s’, an interview with the former manager of London’s Gays The Word bookshop. Website: HERE
Screening - 50 Years Legal (15) Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury, 17 February, 7pm
Simon Napier-Bell’s documentary featuring high-profile members of the LGBT community - Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Elton John, Matt Lucas, Stephen K Amos and Stephen Fry.
LGBT+ Monthly Meet The Royal British Legion Pop-in Centre, 87 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4BA, 1 February, 6.30pm - 8pm
Drop into the first LGBTQ veterans’ social to see old friends and make some new ones... firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Summerskill: Rights Of Passage The Hive, Shrewsbury, 23 February, 2pm
Presentation talk in which playwright, actress, singer/ songwriter and lesbian comedienne Clare Summerskill talks about the issues addressed in her latest play, Rights Of Passage. Website: HERE
LGBT+ BAME Youth Festival Curzon Building, Birmingham City University, Sat 23 February, 11am - 6.30pm
A day for young people (16-25) to connect and explore their identities through activities, workshops and more... For further information, visit, colourfestival.eventbrite.com
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