LGBT History Month 2015
February sees Camden & Islington host the country's largest LGBT events programme - with film, literary talks, a museum exhibition and a ball to inspire, educate, cultivate and celebrate.
The month kicks off on Friday 30 January with 'Loudest Whispers' - an exhibition of more than 30 artists at St Pancras Hospital, Camden.
Islington highlights include an exhibition of LGBT history at Islington Museum on St John St, EC1. It tells the stories of the UK's first gay rights demonstration on Highbury Fields, N5, in 1970 and the first Gay Pride March in 1971 on Upper Street, N1.
The Hope Theatre on Upper St, N1, premieres a new play based on the life of computer visionary and maths genius Alan Turing. The production explores his homosexuality, notable glossed-over in last year's blockbuster film drama 'The Imitation Game.'
The closing ball at Conway Hall, Camden, on Saturday 28 February, features a performance by a mystery performer from the heyday of 1980s gay disco.
Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council said:
"We are extremely proud of this borough's diversity that is one of its key strengths.
"LGBT equality is not something we take for granted - it's been hard won and even now - as events nationally and internationally have shown - homophobic bullying, intimidation and violence are on the rise.
"This year's LGBT History Month programme is choc-full of talks, exhibitions, film and discussions, all unlocking the unique and wide-reaching contribution of our LGBT community."
Nigel Harris of Camden LGBT Forum who curates this year's LGBT History Month programme said:
"The great founder of LGBT History Month - Sue Saunders - calls our Camden and Islington collaboration one of the proudest success stories in the campaign to acknowledge LGBT achievement.
"The month is full of opportunities, unrivalled in the UK, to learn about ourselves, look to the future and above all understand our own contributions to wider society.
"With an ever more diverse programme - including information, support and networking - LGBT History Month is much more than learning and fun – it’s a real community asset."
Schools will get involved in LGBT History Month when they follow the example of Arsenal FC's Rainbow Laces campaign, pledging to challenge homophobia.
'Out with homophobia!' gives schools a new teaching pack to tell pupils in primary and secondary school about equality and discrimination.
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