11 Things To Keep You Busy For LGBT+ History Month In London

11 Things To Keep You Busy For LGBT+ History Month In London

February means LGBT+ History Month — and London knows how to celebrate in style. We've selected 11 wonderful things to mark the occasion.

john bell in a leather jacket with a bright pink background
John Bell of Outlander fame stars in The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. Image: New Wimbledon Theatre

1. Travel to 1980s New York via Wimbledon (3-26 Feb)

This short, Off Broadway coming-of-age story is about a young gay actor, who becomes an activist in New York, after watching a life-changing play. The backdrop of the touching, funny production is the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. John Bell of Outlander fame stars in the leading role.

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre (Wimbledon), from £22.50, 3-26 February

2. Venture Backstage at the Royal Opera House (5, 12, 19, 25 Feb)

Be whisked behind the Royal Opera House's curtains to discover tales of the innumerable contributions made to music and theatre by LGBTQ+ icons—including pioneering composers and choreographers, and gender-fluid performers.

Pride of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), £16, 5, 12, 19, 25 February — and various other tours until May

the entrance to roh - next to its own flag is one for the lgbtq/trans community
Venture Backstage at the Royal Opera House to learn how LGBTQ+ icons inspired and changed the music and theatre scene. Image: ROH

3. Walk through London's momentous LGBTQ+ past (5, 12, 19, 26 Feb)

Find gay tombs in Westminster Abbey and learn about Georgina Somerset — the UK's first openly identified intersex woman — on LGBT+ History: From Law Breakers to Party Makers, a tour from Dani the Guide. Dani is also doing a special series of Islington walks throughout February, as well as a one-woman lesbian cabaret on 18 February. Busy person.

LGBT+ History: From Law Breakers to Party Makers, starts at Parliament Square, £17-£20, 5, 12, 19, 26 February

4. Go dating with Disney characters in a Clapham pub (10 Feb)

Judging by some of the innuendo in the spiel for this show at Clapham's Two Brewers, you can expect a riotous night and then some. London's drag talent is out in force for this Valentine's special, in which various Disney characters are recreated/lampooned. There's also an auction raising funds for HIV charity Wandsworth Oasis. Thalia Ostara will be keeping things in check (or maybe not).

Disney Snatch Game, The Two Brewers (Clapham), £20-£70, 10 February

drag queen thalia ostara in a stunning pink wig and pearls
Thalia Ostara hosts a raucous night of Disney-themed fundraiser. Probably don't bring the kids, though. Image: Thalia Ostara

5. Create a tile in homage to the AIDS Memorial Quilt (13 Feb)

Feeling crafty? LGBT+ potters group Phoenix Pottery invite you to design, fire and paint a ceramic tile that tells something about your own personal history. It's an artful nod to the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is made up of 50,000 panels.

Exploring LGBT+ History through the art of tile making, Phoenix Pottery (Barnsbury), free, register, 13 February

6. Learn about the challenges of queer refugees (16 February)

Ice&fire Theatre, Micro Rainbow International, and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants team up for Actors For Human Rights: This Is Who I Am — an eye-opening evening of workshops, readings and Q&A panel discussions on the struggles faced by queer refugees to the UK.

Actors For Human Rights: This Is Who I Am, St. Margaret's House (Bethnal Green), from £10 (or free to anyone affected by the asylum process), 16 February

two young woman embrace on a street while looking defiantly down the lens
Queer refugees to the UK face an even tougher journey. Image: Actors For Human Rights

7. Delve into the Royal College of Physicians's archives (17 Feb)

The Royal College of Physicians opens up its archives for a virtual talk covering 350 years of medical attitudes towards, and experiences of, LGBTQ+ people. Subjects include: What contributions did physicians make to the ground-breaking Wolfenden Report?

That which never can be suppressed': LGBTQ+ history in the RCP collections, online, free (donation encouraged), book ahead, 17 February

8. Join in with a family-friendly queer maritime festival (19 Feb)

Greenwich's National Maritime Museum hosts Out at Sea — a free, day-long festival celebrating queer maritime history through time. With workshops, storytelling, and a special tour of the museum, it's fun for all the family. The museum is hosting various other events for LGBT+ History Month, including the annual queer takeover of the Queen's House.

Out at Sea, National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), free, book ahead, 19 February

two men ballroom dance in the national maritime museum, watched by children
National Maritime Museum is going all out for LGBT+ History Month. Image: RMT

9. Do a dazzling evening of cabaret at Stratford Town Hall (25 Feb)

A veritable pot pourri of drag artists, comedy and music is promised at London Borough of Newham's celebratory evening, in the salubrious surroundings of Stratford Town Hall. Comedian Charlie George hosts, and there's refreshments and networking afterwards.

LGBT+ History Month Cabaret Night, Stratford Town Hall, free, register, 25 February

10. Craft a zine with an acclaimed artist in Islington (26 Feb)

Rachael House is an artist who creates all sorts of things that focus on feminist and queer politics and resistant histories/herstories. Here, she'll help you craft your own minizine based on the idea of identity. A great activity, and quicker than writing that novel, too.

LGBT+ History Month: Zine Making with Rachael House, Islington Museum, free, register, 26 February

a black-figured amphora showing erotic encounters between older men and youths.
Rediscover one the city's best museums, on the LGBTQ histories trail. Image: British Museum

11. Go on an LGBTQ+ object trail at the British Museum (all Feb)

Wine amphora featuring erotic scenes, and the figure of a cross-gender Maya ruler form part of the British Museum's Desire, love, identity: LGBTQ histories trail. It's not a special LGBT+ History Month event — you can go anytime — but it is a great way to reacquaint yourself with one of London's biggest and best museums.

Desire, love, identity: LGBTQ histories trail, British Museum (Bloomsbury), free, all of February and beyond

Last Updated 18 January 2022

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