February is LGBT History Month, and UK Parliament has got some fascinating events up its sleeve to celebrate.
Every Saturday throughout the month, you're invited to join a Pride at Parliament tour, a 90 minute exploration of the Palace of Westminster through the lens of queer political history. Discover the LGBT leaders, lobbyists, legislators, activists and monarchs who, throughout the centuries, helped shape UK Parliament — from medieval kings to the first openly gay MPs.
As well as these daytime tours, on Friday 7 February there's a special evening event which combines a guided tour through the House of Commons and the House of Lords with a visit to the Search Room of the Parliamentary Archives. Here you'll get the chance to view historical artefacts which — among other things — illuminate the far-reaching implications of the Buggery Act 1533, show how 19th century legislation impacted Oscar Wilde and many other LGBT Victorians, and reveal the impact of the AIDs crisis on the struggle for civil rights.
Both the evening event and the Saturday tours cost £26.50 to attend and can be booked via the UK Parliament website. Places are limited, so if you do miss out keep an eye out for tickets to Pride at Parliament in July.