LGBT History Month 🏳️‍🌈

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February marks LGBT History Month, which is the perfect time to come together as a borough and learn about the remarkable LGBT history in Islington and Camden. The theme of this year’s activities is ‘poetry, prose, and plays’, so look no further than the literary delights below to entertain and educate you all month!

You can also look back and discover more about Islington’s amazing LGBT+ people, places and events by searching through our heritage plaques.

You can see the full fabulous line-up here, and we’ve also pulled out some highlights below.

Launch: Opening Night 2020 Loudest Whispers Exhibtion: A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

Join special guests at the launch of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month and enjoy an evening of music, comedy and the arts. The hosts will be award-winning performer Xnthony and Mark T Cox. Xnthony is a cabaret and comedy star, and Xnthony forms a unique musical partnership with pianist Mark T Cox, producing camp musical comedy gold! Expect an evening of fun and frivolity. This is also a free event!

When: Friday 7 February, 5.30pm- 8.30pm

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

Booking: no need to book – simply turn up!


Talk: How Islington became a haven for gay teenagers in late 1970s and 1980s Britain

In this eye-opening talk and discussion, Dr Clifford Williams will explore the origins of the first gay youth group in Britain, whilst looking at the involvement of Islington and Camden Councils.

When: Tuesday 11 February, 6pm – 7pm

Where: Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NB

Booking: is free, but essential. Book now.


For kids: LGBT+ Under Fives Mornings

Join Islington Libraries as they celebrate fabulous stories for children, from a list that includes story titles including Red: a Crayon’s story, Donovan’s Big Day, Are you a boy or a girl? and information books such as It’s Okay to be Different, Who’s in a Family, I am Jazz and many more. There are events taking place across ten different library sites in Islington.

Visit the Islington Council website for more information.


Play: ‘No Sweat’ at the Pleasance Theatre Islington

Combining real stories, verbatim interview clips and an original score, No Sweat reveals stories from within the world of gay saunas – a common place for young homeless people to seek accommodation. In a world where stability is a second from slipping through your fingers, austerity combined with prejudice sees young people putting themselves at risk all too often.

When: various dates (see below)

Where: Downstairs, Pleasance Theatre

How to book: Tickets are priced between £14 – £16, book here.


Talk: How Islington became a haven for gay teenagers in late 1970s and 1980s Britain‘ by Dr Clifford Williams

In this talk Dr Clifford Williams charts the origins of the first officially registered gay youth group in Britain and looks at the role the Boroughs of Islington and Camden played in the early history of organised LGBT youth support.

When: Saturday 11 February, 6pm – 7pm

Where: Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NB

How to book: Tickets are free, but please register here.


Free meal and taster sessions: Islington Mind Outcome Open Day 

Celebrate LGBT History Month with Outcome and enjoy a home-cooked meal! Learn more about their weekly wellbeing and mental health pan-London support service for the community, and find out about their work with LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees, LBT women experiencing abuse, and new physical activities project, RainbowSports@Mind. Activity tasters, such as massage, creative-writing, art, and Qigong, will be available to try. You can also talk to service-users, volunteers, and staff.

When: Tuesday 25 February, 11.30am

Where: 35 Ashley Road, Crouch Hill N19 3AG

How to book: Please email to confirm attendance.


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