LGBT+ History Month
February is LGBT History month, dedicated to increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history and raising awareness of their experiences and the issues they face. This year’s theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.
Started in 2005, Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick, LGBT+ History Month is part of the Schools OUT UK project, which aim is to educate young people on problems faced by those in the queer community. The main focus of this month is to teach young people about the gay rights movement and to aid in putting a stop to prejudice and hate towards those in the LGBT+ community.
Throughout February across Camden, there are events for everyone, including author talks, exhibitions celebrating the lives of LGBT+ people; drag shows, drop in sessions for LGBT+ people seeking advice and support and much, much more!
Below are some of the events happening around Camden in celebration of LGBT+ History Month:
13th Feb, The Crowndale Centre, 12pm - 2pm
The monthly Hate Crime Drop In Surgery for February will take place on Wednesday 13th February. This service aims to provide a comprehensive ‘One Stop’ drop-in service for those experiencing and/or who may be at risk of a Hate Crime or experienced it in the past and fearful further incidents may occur. Hate incidents take many forms from verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying or malicious complaints. The Sessions will be run in conjunction with Metropolitan Police, LGBT Forum, Community Security Trust (CST), Camden Council, Tell MAMA and Camden People First.
15th Feb, The Apple Tree, 8pm
Come experience the pleasures of The Bitten Peach. Devour the forbidden fruit and enter our world of queer, Asian cabaret. The Bitten Peach is a PanAsian Performance night in honour of Lunar New Year, featuring a line-up of Asian drag performers. Legendary queens, kings, and creatures of the Far East gather to tell their stories and share their art. It’s time to usher in the Slaysian Dynasty! Featuring Evelyn Carnate, Lilly Snatch Dragon, ShayShay, and many more! Tickets available on Outsavvy
18th Feb, Castlehaven Community Association, 6pm - 9pm
A curated exhibition of photographs from the campaign to re-open The Black Cap. Join campaigners and view an exhibition of photos and artefacts to mark four years since the famous Cabaret bar and performance venue was closed. There will be a film, talks and some entertainment in the evening.
19th Feb, Gay's the Word Bookshop, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
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.
23 Feb, St Pancras Hospital, 11.30am - 3.30pm
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.
27 Feb, 42 Beans, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Join us at our LGBT History Month Out4Coffee at 11 am on Wednesday 27th February. Out4Coffee runs on the last Wednesday of each month at 42 Beans Coffee Shop, Camden High Street. Hosted by our Case and Outreach Manager Nick, Out4Coffee is an opportunity to discuss any LGBT+ safety concerns and enjoy coffee, cake and a chat with friends.
28 Feb, Petrie Museum, 6pm - 8pm
Join Egyptologist John J Johnston in the annual Objects of Desire where special guests explore the Petrie collection with reference to their research and interests. As part of LGBTQ+ history month. Tickets are £5. For more information and to book tickets please visit www.ucl.ac.uk
Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people working to improve the lives of LGBT+ people in Camden and Islington. Visit their website here.