PRESS RELEASE 1st FEBRUARY 2017
CAMDEN & ISLINGTON LGBT HISTORY MONTH 2017
Celebrities help mark Camden & Islington LGBT History Month this February
This February sees Camden & Islington LGBT History Month present the UK’s largest LGBT arts and culture festival designed to entertain, provoke and inspire.
Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, LGBT History Month creates a platform to recognise both the progress of – and struggle for – equality shown through the mind-boggling creative LGBT community’s artists, writers, entertainers and commentators.
Over 30 events in Camden & Islington are open to LGBT people and their friends.
Camden LGBT Forum Director Nigel Harris said: “We have put together one of the best LGBT themed arts programmes the capital has ever seen. Throughout February, Camden & Islington LGBT History Month welcomes LGBTQ people and their friends to join us to celebrate, discuss and think about the contribution we have made to cultural and artistic life since homosexuality was decriminalised 50 years ago.”
Islington Council’s executive member for community development, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwarz said: “This year’s LGBT History Month marks 50 years since the landmark legislation that helped to decriminalise homosexual relations. We’re hugely proud of the contribution Islington’s LGBT citizens have made to our shared history and culture: from being represented by the first openly gay MP to those who held the first Pride March on Highbury fields to the first LGBT Marriage. This year’s programme, through its theme of Citizenship and Law, celebrates the great steps that have been taken towards LGBT equality, but also serves as a timely and powerful reminder that there’s still so much more to be done – by all of us.”
LGBT History Month kicks off on 3 February with London’s LGBT art exhibition Loudest Whispers at St Pancras Hospital in Camden. Now celebrating its 8th year, the collection is a maelstrom of multi-media talent from 38 artists – including a floral tribute to Oscar Wilde.
Islington Council’s Heritage Team will present Islington’s Pride – an exciting project to collect, archive and explore Islington’s important LGBT heritage.
Other highlights include:
The influence of LGBT community in music is the subject of an illustrated talk called Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out with music from Little Richard and David Bowie to k.d. lang and Beth Ditto.
Dan Glass will help residents put together their own heritage walk of local LGBT spots of interest on the 15th. A Lesbian Question Time is also being hosted at Gay’s The Word Bookshop.
A rare screening of 1961 classic film Victim with Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Simm will be followed by a panel discussion examining changing attitudes to homosexuality since the landmark film was made.
TransLondon also celebrates its 10th anniversary at Gay’s The Word Bookshop. While Terrence Higgins Trust hosts a discussion on the experience of UK’s trans people in the sex industry.
All are welcome to join us at Conway Hall on the 25th for our gala celebration Queeropolis. Hosted by Lana Pillay with special guest, the Queen of Shops, Mary Portas. Headlined by 80s chart topper SONIA and only £5! Book at https://queeropolis.eventbrite.co.uk
In conjunction with Gays the Word bookstore, Islington Library has compiled a list of recent LGBT publications available at local libraries. Check it out here: http://camdenlgbtforum.org.uk/booklist/
For more information and to see the full programme, go to: http://camdenlgbtforum.org.uk/ or check out the attached programme.
For media enquiries please contact: Charles Dean – 07531 748 359 or Nigel Harris – 020 7388 5720
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Camden (and Islington) LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people. We’re here to make sure that the rights and interests of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living or working in Camden and Islington are represented. We tackle discrimination and we promote equality and diversity. We do this by our work in schools, events and arts programmes, by our programme against hate crime and by standing as your advocate.
Recently the Forum has started to increase its service provision outside of Camden and is now supporting those who experience hate crime in Islington.
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