Welcome to Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2017

2017 celebrates 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in the UK for those aged 21 and over. But how many of us know how this came about? What about the years that followed 1967: was it rosy for us all? With so much to achieve for our diverse communities in the next 50 years a solid grasp of our histories will be essential.

Brush up on your timeline with a programme packed  with adventure and enlightenment. Meet new people and consider your role in their lives. Throughout the month there will be opportunities to speak to local services, see what your community has achieved, and learn what is yet to be done.

LGBT History Month is not just for LGBT people. LGBT histories are part of the whole country’s identity and what is said above can apply to us all. Every event in our booklet is open to anyone regardless of sexuality and gender identity (unless explicitly stated otherwise).

We look forward to welcoming you somewhere new in Camden and Islington this February! Here’s the complete list of events below. Alternatively, you can download the programme as a pdf here:

Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2017 Brochure

Events

Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 16th March Open 10.00 – 5.00pm (closed Wednesday & Sunday)

Islington’s Pride: an archive for the future

This exhibition takes a look at some of Islington’s LGBT+ heritage through the organisations, people and places where history was made. Over the next two years we aim to collect, archive and explore Islington’s important LGBT+ heritage. For more details visit www.islingtonspride.com Venue: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

Saturday 11th, 18th & 25th February Starting 11.00am

The walk for Islington Pride – 50 Years of LGBT History A free guided walk by Clerkenwell and Islington’s Tour Guide Association (CIGA) in partnership with Islington Museum. The walk ties-in with the Islington’s Pride exhibition at the Museum which focuses on the borough’s LGBT+ heritage. Starting at the Islington Museum the walk includes significant “firsts” such as the UK’s first gay mayor, MP, march and demonstration as well local characters such as Joe Orton and the extraordinary Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

This event is Free. Please book to ensure a place on this free walk by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-pride-a-guidedwalk-through-50-years-of-lgbt-history-tickets-31058611142
Venue:Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

Tuesday 17th January – Saturday 4th February

Wed, Thurs, Fri: 7.00pm Sat: 3.00pm & 7.00pm

Strangers In Between

Back by popular demand after a critically acclaimed smash hit summer 2016 season, award-winning playwright Tommy Murphy’s slice of Aussie life returns to the King’s Head. Sixteen year old Shane has fled his rural hometown for the glitz, glamour and glory of Sydney’s King’s Cross. Adrift among the lonely hearts and hot boys, Shane attempts to navigate the troubled waters of his past toward a brighter future.

To book, please visit: https://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve. com/#/shows/873560596/events/127898521 or Call: 0207 226 8561
Venue: Kings Head Theatre, 115 Upper St, N1 1QN

Wednesday 1st February

8.00pm – 9.00pm

Lesbian Discussion Group – “Is being single underrated?” The Lesbian Discussion Group is a great place for all women who enjoy debating or listening to discussions about current affairs, sexuality, politics, lifestyle and Lesbian- specific topics. Joining a group of strangers can initially be a scary thing, which is why it should be pointed out that it is never compulsory for everybody to speak or contribute. Nonetheless we do, of course, welcome and encourage active participation.

2 Venue: Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St. WC1N 1AB

Friday 3rd February

5.30pm – 8.30pm

2017 loudest whispers art exhibition

The 8th year of London’s Art Exhibition for the LGBT community celebrates the creativity of 38 artists. View the art work of both professional and self-taught outsider artists and enjoy our variety show. Master of Ceremony musician and comic Alex Green introduces an alternative Good Old Days with performers including Performance Artist Tensini Jones, Poetess Sarah Caulfield, western gals Sarah Vista and the Sherriff, singer songwriters Nicci Gladwin, Lucinda Seiger and the legend of Club Kali . Artwork includes an installation 38 GREEN CARNATIONS by Peter Herbert and Fionn Wilson inspired by the incarceration of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol in 1857. This event is free and wheelchair accessible.
Venue: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4
St Pancras Way NW1 0PE 3

Saturday 4th February

9.00pm ‘til late

Celebrate Central Station’s 25th Birthday
with DAVE LYNN in cabaret.
Exhibition of photos and press cuttings from the
bar’s opening in February, 1992, celebrating the
25th birthday of this independent LGBT venue.
This includes details of many of the groups which
were formed in the venue, plus many others which met there regularly for many years as well as many photos of customers and performers over the years.

FREE Prosecco and canape?s from 9.00pm while stocks last followed by cabaret from DAVE LYNN who also performed on the venue’s opening night!
Free entry – There is a collection for Central London Samaritans

Ramp and wheelchair access to ground floor and toilet, but not to first floor or Roof Terrace.
Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Saturday 4th February

9.30pm – 3.00am

Club Kali presents: Social Party in the City!

A night of Queer Entertainment! Let our Host
take you on a journey of Fabulousness from singing, games, fun, prizes, and of course
dancing through the night as Club Kali DJ’s Spin you Around the World in 80 Tunes. A Celebration of Pride, Unity, and everything Queer.

Come and meet Camden LGBT Forum’s Outreach Team Tkts: £6 Advance/Conc. Std £8-10 LGBT + Friends Event. Management Reserve Right of Admission.

4 Venue: Grand Union Farringdon, 55 Charterhouse St EC1M 6HA

Saturday 4th February

3.00pm – 5.00pm

Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache: How Music Came Out
Martin Aston tells the story – supported by photographs and sound clips.

Popular music’s gay DNA is inarguable, from Little Richard to David Bowie, k.d lang to Beth Ditto, Sylvester to Frank Ocean. But most of the true pioneers have been forgotten, their bravery and risk-taking going widely unreported at the time – such as 1930s crooner Bruz Fletcher, 1950s lesbian trio The Roc-A-Jets and the one bona fide gay glam rock band, Handbag. There are numerous incredible, fascinating stories that have rarely, or never, been told…

Free – No booking required

Venue: Kentish Town Library, 262 – 266 Kentish Town Road NW5 2AA

 

Saturday 4th February

2.30pm – 4.30pm

What is it like to grow up bisexual when you’re working class?

A moderated panel discussion featuring a diverse range of bisexual voices from working class backgrounds. Featuring Biscuit editor Libby Baxter-Williams, poet Jacq Applebee, writer and academic Helen Bowes-Catton and others to be confirmed.
Suggested donation £2. Refreshments provided. Venue: Please check www.camdenlgbtforum.org.uk for details

Monday 6th February – Thursday 20th April

Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

2017 Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition

The annual Loudest Whispers exhibitions are unique in London’s art exhibition art culture and attract an eclectic mix of professional and self taught outsider artists.
The theme ‘Citizenship and the Law’ has inspired an installation “38 Green Carnations “by Peter Herbert with Fionn Wilson that reflects on the incarceration of Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol in 1895. Artists returning with new work include Simon Croft, Richard Field, Iggy Miranda, Jaime Freestone, John William, Sheridan Tandy, Simon Richardson, Lucy Martin, Edward Mendelsohn, Titus Davies and Ann Froggatt. The exhibition includes a major tribute to the late South African abstract painter Bev Meyers.

Free

Venue: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way NW1 0PE

Monday 6th February

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Drawing Identities workshop

Explore the representation of identities in our collection of twentieth century modern artworks and through
a series of practical exercises that will have
you experimenting with poses, composition

and drawing techniques to create your own works of art.
£10 or £8 members. Contact Jenny on education@estorickcollection.com or call 0207 7049522 to book a place.

Suitable for 16yrs up. Wheelchair accessible

Venue: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square N1 2AN

Tuesday 7th February

8.00pm

“The Lost 80’s” – Lisa Power M.B.E.

Lisa Power MBE talks about her campaigning for gay rights and being a lesbian in a predominately male environment over
many years. She was a co-founder of Stonewall and The Pink Paper. Lisa wrote

an oral history of the Gay Liberation Front and was Policy Director of The Terrance Higgins Trust. Hear her recollections of Central Station when it was called The Prince Albert. Free entry Ramp and wheelchair access to ground floor and toilet, but not to first floor or Roof Terrace.

Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Wednesday 8th February

8.00pm – 9.00pm

Lesbian Discussion Group – “Question Time”
The Lesbian Discussion Group is
a great place for all women who

enjoy debating or listening to
discussions about current affairs,
sexuality, politics, lifestyle and
Lesbian-specific topics. Joining a
group of strangers can initially be
a scary thing, which is why it should
pointed out that it is never compulsory
everybody to speak or contribute. Nonetheless we do, of course, welcome and encourage active participation. Venue: Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St. WC1N 1AB

Thursday 9th February

7.00pm – 9.00pm

INCITE@The Phoenix.

Free LGBT Poetry in an iconic West End venue. Celebrate our History with LGBT Poet Laureate
Trudy Howson. Showcasing poetry
as diverse as we are!

Special Guests:
Fay Roberts: Words of Wit.
Wonder and Wisdom.
Keith Jarret: Fierce. Funny. Sexy
and Sunny.
Open-mic session after interval.
Access is via stairs to basement
Venue: Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St. WC2H 8BU

Friday 10th February

6.00pm

Film screening of The Circle

Introduced by LGBT Historian Val Remy and film archivist Peter Herbert, Stephen Haupt’ s The
Circle is both a real love story and a fascinating history lesson about the first European gay rights organisation to emerge from the aftermath of WW2. 15 CERT. 2014.102 MINS

Free: Intro at 6.15pm Film at 6.30pm Light refreshments available with donation.
Venue: The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way NW1 0PE

Saturday 11th February

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Out4Film presents: “Victim: Paving The Way”

Camden LGBT Forum, in partnership with Peabody Housing present the 1961 film “Victim”, directed by Basil Dearden, starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Sims. The film is followed by a panel led discussion examining how the film encouraged a shift in British public attitudes towards homosexuality

at the time of its partial decriminalisation
in 1967.
Refreshments provided
Venue: Hugh Cubitt Centre, 48 Collier Street, Islington, N1 9QZ

Sunday 12th February

6.00pm

Orton and Halliwell: Malicous Damage

In 1962, two Islington residents, aspiring writer Joe Orton and his partner and mentor Kenneth Halliwell, were each sentenced to six months imprisonment for malicious damage to Islington Public Library books.

Mark Aston, curator of the Joe Orton
Collection of defaced book covers at
Islington Museum, tells the story surrounding the life and crimes of Orton and Halliwell in the north London borough. Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Tuesday 14th February

8.00pm

Gay entertainers and music through 50 years

Ray Reynolds presents video and audio clips of great drag entertainers, including Mrs Shufflewick, Phil Starr, Dockyard Doris.

Ray was one of the Tricky Dickie DJ’s who hosted gay events in upstairs bars of “straight” pubs before the West End scene arrived. Free entry – There is a collection for Central London Samaritans

Ramp and wheelchair access to ground floor and toilet, but not to first floor or Roof Terrace.
Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Tuesday 14th February

8.30pm

Gay Sh!t Comedy Cabaret Night

A Night devoted to the weird, the wonderful, and the fabulous.
Host Wayne Carter, Consistently hilarious and perpetually bizarre (EdFringe

Review), has handpicked acts from the cabaret, burlesque, and comedy scene, for an unforgettable night.
£5 tickets from: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ thephoenixartistclub

Venue: The Phoenix Artist Club, One Phoenix Street WC2H 8BU

Wednesday 15th February

8.00pm – 9.00pm

Lesbian Discussion Group – “Coping With Stress”

The Lesbian Discussion Group is a great place for all women who enjoy debating or listening to discussions about current affairs, sexuality, politics, lifestyle and Lesbian-specific topics. Joining a

group of strangers can initially be a
scary thing, which is why it should be pointed out that it is never compulsory
for everybody to speak or contribute. Nonetheless we do, of course, welcome and encourage active participation.

Venue: Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St. WC1N 1AB

Wednesday 15th February

7.00pm

Build Your Own Tour – Yesterqueer with Dan Glass

‘Yesterqueer’ is an opportunity to develop a Camden / Islington Queer heritage walking tour
– to see ourselves and our history
reflected in our built environment.

‘Yesterqueer’ exists to celebrate
previous generations of queer
figures and cultivate the next
generation of LGBT change-makers.
Come and tell us about buildings that
kicked off a movement, houses where key figures lived or even a grave where someone is buried. Let’s map our local history together.

Venue: Ctte Room 1, Islington Town Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD

Thursday 16th February

6.30pm

A Very British Sex Scandal (2007)

Vivid docudrama about pioneer gay
rights activist Peter Wildeblood
whose book, Against the Law
(1955) played a key role in providing
the evidence of the vulnerability and
the plight of homosexual men in Britain
in this period and highlighted in
particular the appalling prison conditions
which they had to endure. Stars: Nicholas Le Prevost, Harriet Eastcott, Sam Heughan. Running time 85 mins. Venue: Council Chamber, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street WC1H 9JE

Thursday 16th February

5.00pm – 7.00pm

UCL LGBT+ Volunteering Fair

Join us for drinks and nibbles as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) volunteer organisations showcase

their various volunteering
opportunities. This free event
is for anyone interested in
finding out about how they can
get involved in volunteering in the
LGBT+ sector.
This event is open to students enrolled at UCL Venue: Haldane Room in the Wilkins Building, UCL

Thursday 16 February

6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Ends 8.00pm

Meaningful Work: trans* in the sex industry (UK experience)
Trans* sex workers & project workers discuss
UK experience of trans* people in the sex

industry. Is sex work meaningful work?
Are sex workers good citizens? What
influence does economic insecurity, discrimination, education, housing,
transition, emotional health have upon
‘choice’ when entering the industry? Is
trans* sex work safe work? Can there be job satisfaction and good self-esteem? Come along and contribute.

Free Enquiries Lee Brooker 0207 812 1806

14 Terrence Higgins Trust, 314-320 Gray’s Inn Road WC1X 8DP

Thursday 16 February

7.00pm

LGBT Author talk with Islington LGBT Staff Forum

Jeffrey Weeks, author of ‘What is sexual history’ and Jules Grant author of ‘We go around in the night and are consumed by fire’. The talks are
followed by a discussion and
drinks.
Free but reservation required.
Please email Tony (tony.
brown@islington.gov.uk) to
reserve your ticket.
Venue: Gay’s The Word
Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St. WC1N 1AB

Sunday 19th February

11.00am – 4.00pm

Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

Enjoy talks and creative family activities focused on objects with LGBTQ stories.
This event is part of the OUTing
the Past National Festival of

LGBT History in collaboration with LGBT History Month. Free – just drop in
Venue: Great Court, British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

Monday 20th February

6.30pm

The Wolfendens

The Wolfenden Report of 1957 formed the basis of the 1967 Act. Its author, Sir John Wolfenden, had a son, Jeremy, who was openly gay. Valerie Remy and Brenda McKay explore the contrasting lives of the two men.

Followed by 30 minutes of
questions and discussion.
Venue: Please check www.camdenlgbtforum.org.uk for details

Tuesday 21st February

7.30pm – 9.00pm

TransLondon 10th Anniversary

TransLondon is a discussion /
support group for people who
identify as trans or who are
questioning their gender identity.
The group was formed in the
winter of 2007 and has been
meeting every third Tuesday of the month at Gays The Word Bookshop.

Come along and celebrate TransLondon’s 10th birthday. Drinks and refreshments available.
Free entry. Trans identified / questioning and trans allies welcome.

Venue: Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St, 16WC1N 1AB

Tuesday 21st February

8.00pm

Miss Bea Flatt rolls back the years!

Miss Bes Flatt performs at the keyboard, ably assisted and heckled by her artistic director Mr Martyn Neile.

Includes excerpts from early (soft) porn and gay erotica Free entry – There is a collection for Central London Samaritans

Ramp and wheelchair access to
ground floor and toilet, but not to
first floor or Roof Terrace.
Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9SD

Wednesday 22nd February

11.00am

Out4Coffee

Camden LGBT Forum and 42 Beans Cafe? presents: “Out 4 Coffee” an LGBT coffee meet up on the last Wednesday of each month at 11am. Come along for coffee and a chat and there’s even a space to discuss any LGBT safety concerns with local LGBT police Liaison Officers.

Venue: 42 Beans Cafe?, 69 Camden High St. NW1 7JL

Wednesday 22nd February

6.00pm – 8.30pm

Objects of Desire

Join Egyptologist John J Johnston and a panel of guests as they delve into the Petrie Collections to find their objects of desire as part of LGBTQ History Month.
Tickets £5 includes glass of wine Venue: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Pl. WC1E 6BT

Wednesday 22nd February

6.30pm

Ghost Towns

Over 50% of LGBT venues in London have closed in
the last decade. The potential for this to damage social cohesion, destroy culture and diminish safety is well catalogued. How do we protect our safe spaces while acknowledging the need for our existing venues to increase their audience base and diversity? Join a panel of leading activists and commentators. All welcome.
Venue: Ctte Room 1, Islington Town Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD

Wednesday 22nd February

8.00pm – 9.00pm

Lesbian Discussion Group – “Is there a relationship between music and politics?”
The Lesbian Discussion Group is a great place for all women who enjoy debating or listening to discussions about current affairs, sexuality, politics, lifestyle and Lesbian-specific topics. Joining a group of strangers can initially be a scary thing, which is why it should be pointed out that it is never compulsory for everybody to speak or contribute. Nonetheless we do, of course, welcome and encourage active participation.
Venue: Gay’s The Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont St. WC1N 1AB

Thursday 23rd February

6:30 pm – 9.00 pm

No Fats No Blacks No Fems

Being oppressed yourself does not mean you are incapable of oppressing others: far from it. LGBT people have had to struggle against bigotry and oppression for generations.

It is tragic that we inflict and
ignore injustice in our own
ranks.
Join us for an evening of
talks & presentations exploring
discrimination experienced from
within our own communities as well as the wider world. From people in the know! This evening promises to be informative & funny, focusing on dispelling the myths surrounding our own prejudices as well as hearing from individuals telling their own personal story.

What is the LGBT experience like for people who bridge different cultures? What’s it like to be Queer and Muslim. How do we counter misogyny or transphobia in the LGBT community?

Discuss, learn and explore how we can better comforts prejudice and support those experiencing it.
This event is facilitated by CGL
Venue: 184 Royal College Street NW1 9NN

Saturday 25 February

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Coming Out: 50 Years of gay literature
This event is hosted by the Royal Society of Literature and LSE Literary Festival

and features Dean Atta, Neil
Bartlett and Maureen Duffy;
chaired by Mel Kenyon. How
has literature and performance
engaged with changing attitudes
since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967? This panel talk about themes of gay identity, both in their own work and the work of other writers, over the last 50 years. Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Saturday 25 February

7.00pm ‘til Late

Queeropolis

Citizens of Queeropolis lend me your dancing shoes! Lana Pillay (Star of Eat the Rich and the Comic Strip Presents) requests your presence for a showcase of top entertainers. Featuring headliner and 80s chart topper SONIA.

Dress Code – Civic – Come as a high
court judge, officer of the law, ancient Roman Senator or just ‘As you were’.
Tickets only £5 at www.camdenlgbtforum.eventbrite.com Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL

Sunday 26th February

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Love Lust and Loathing in the Camden Literati

What did Rimbaud and Virginia Woolf ‘s lot get up to? How does our experience now compare? Let’s talk about it. LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson explores through poetry, prose and personal experience. Sex & Sensibility. Then and Now.

Venue: Princess Louise Pub, 208 High Holborn WC1V 7EP

Monday 27th February

6.00pm

‘From Nigeria to London – an LGBT refugee’s story’

Davis Mac-Iyalla is a Nigerian LGBT rights activist. He established the Nigerian wing of the British Changing Attitude organization, which presses for internal reform of the Anglican Communion for further inclusion of Anglican sexual minorities. He has faced stiff opposition from both the religious elite and their lay constituents in Nigeria, which is a heavily conservative nation. He has been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom, where he now lives. Tonight Davis will discuss how he has settled in North London after leaving his homeland where he was persecuted and sexuality is punishable with imprisonment. Davis will also share his thoughts on how we can support our LGBT refugee communities better in London. In partnership with the Islington Refugee Forum. Venue: Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent 22N5 1PF

Tuesday 28th February

6.30pm

From ‘Pseudo-Hermaphrodite’ to Married Transman: The Story of Karl Baer
On January 8th 1907, just 100 years
before the founding of Translondon, a

young German was granted a legal
change of gender enabling him to
marry his female lover. Valerie Remy recounts how his Memoirs of a Man’s Maiden Years became a milestone in
the First Wave of the LGBT+ movement. Venue: Ctte Room 1, Islington Town Hall, Upper St, London N1 2UD

Tuesday 28th February

8.00pm

Islington’s Pride

Alex Smith, Project Manager will give a presentation outlining this exciting project to collect, archive and explore Islington’s important LGBT heritage.
The borough has been home to many ground-breaking organisations, individuals and events that have helped to change the face of LGBT
rights and community throughout the 20th and 21st century.

Your help is needed in collecting memories and stories from the community.

Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2017 Complete List of Events
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