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LGBT+ History Month: Cultural events in London in February 2023

Celebrate LGBT+ History month in London (Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Pride In London)
Celebrate LGBT+ History month in London (Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Pride In London)

People across the UK will be celebrating LGBT+ History month, with events ranging from parties to poetry readings.

This year’s theme is Behind the Lens, celebrating LGBTQ filmmakers, so expect lots of film nights and marathons, too.

A number of cultural events are happening in London this month. Find out how you can celebrate below.

LGBT+ History Month events in London

The new faces of LGBTQ+ London: in pictures

TeTe Bang, 26Club personality, drag artist, DJ, professional fun producer (Johnny Cochrane)
TeTe Bang, 26Club personality, drag artist, DJ, professional fun producer (Johnny Cochrane)
Tayylor Made, 26DJ and club promoter (Johnny Cochrane)
Tayylor Made, 26DJ and club promoter (Johnny Cochrane)
Lyall Hakaraia, 49 Creative director, designer, owner of VFD and fairy godperson to the LGBTQ+ scene (Johnny Cochrane)
Lyall Hakaraia, 49 Creative director, designer, owner of VFD and fairy godperson to the LGBTQ+ scene (Johnny Cochrane)
Sadie Sinner, 26Founder and curator of Cocoa Butter Club (Johnny Cochrane)
Sadie Sinner, 26Founder and curator of Cocoa Butter Club (Johnny Cochrane)
Charlie Craggs, 25 Writer and activist (Johnny Cochrane)
Charlie Craggs, 25 Writer and activist (Johnny Cochrane)
Whiskey Chow, 27 Artist and drag king (Johnny Cochrane)
Whiskey Chow, 27 Artist and drag king (Johnny Cochrane)
Lasana Shabazz, 30 Performance artist, actor and writer (Johnny Cochrane)
Lasana Shabazz, 30 Performance artist, actor and writer (Johnny Cochrane)
D’relle Khan, 29Creative director (Johnny Cochrane)
D’relle Khan, 29Creative director (Johnny Cochrane)
Alexandre Simões, 22 Artist, muse, nightclub promoter (Johnny Cochrane)
Alexandre Simões, 22 Artist, muse, nightclub promoter (Johnny Cochrane)
Bishi, 34Singer, composer, co-founder of WITCiH, label boss at Gryphon Records (Johnny Cochrane)
Bishi, 34Singer, composer, co-founder of WITCiH, label boss at Gryphon Records (Johnny Cochrane)
Krishna Istha, 23Performance artist and actor (Johnny Cochrane)
Krishna Istha, 23Performance artist and actor (Johnny Cochrane)

Patti Harrison at Soho Theatre

Trans comedian Patti Harrison is currently performing at Soho Theatre, in a comedy show featuring her signature absurdist humour, song parodies and unhinged PowerPoints.

TV fans may recognise her from Netflix comedy I Think You Should Leave, BBC’s Shrill, and Together Together with Ed Helms.

Until February 18, 9.15pm. Tickets can be bought from Soho Theatre.

Kissed by a Flame

A romantic tragedy for our times, Kissed by a Flame is inspired by events from Simon Perrott’s life, bringing an honest and heart-wrenching reflection on queer love to Islington.

Offering a window into the final months of that once-in-a-lifetime kind of love, audiences will explore the sentimental and bittersweet soundtrack of Jamie and Teddy’s lives together.

The Pleasance, February 1-11. Tickets can be purchased from Pleasance Theatre.

Desire in the Archive, an anti-Valentine’s Day evening

Billed as “an anti-Valentine’s Day evening”, Desire in the Archive will feature life drawing with the East London Stripper Collective, performances from drag artists Bolly-Illusion and Saya Tikka, new and historical poetry readings from SL Grange, and poetry from Aimée Lê.

Bishopsgate Institute, February 10,  7pm-10pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought online.

Radical Readers Discuss: Fabulosa!: The Story of Polari

Brixton’s Radical Reading Group is reading Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language, by Paul Baker.

Polari is a language that was used by gay men in the first half of the 20th century, and was thrust into the mainstream on the BBC radio show Round the Horne.

Brixton Library, February 10, 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets are free but can be reserved on Eventbrite.

LGBTQ landmarks listed by Historic England

The Artists' Cabin, Devon: On the beach slipway at Bucks Mills in north Devon, the Cabin was an artistic retreat for Mary Stella Edwards and Judith Ackland. (National Trust Images/Chris Lac)
The Artists' Cabin, Devon: On the beach slipway at Bucks Mills in north Devon, the Cabin was an artistic retreat for Mary Stella Edwards and Judith Ackland. (National Trust Images/Chris Lac)
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon:
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon:
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon: The window was created in 1906 when Lowndes was at the height of her career, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. (Historic England Archive)
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon: The window was created in 1906 when Lowndes was at the height of her career, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. (Historic England Archive)
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon:
The Chapel of St Anne, Devon:
Grave of James Barry:
Grave of James Barry:
Chantry House, West Sussex: Grade II* listed, the house in Steyning was home to the painter Hannah Gluckstein and her partner, the journalist Edith Shackleton Heald from 1944 to 1978. (Nigel Purdey)
Chantry House, West Sussex: Grade II* listed, the house in Steyning was home to the painter Hannah Gluckstein and her partner, the journalist Edith Shackleton Heald from 1944 to 1978. (Nigel Purdey)
Chantry House, West Sussex: Gluckstein adopted the name 'Gluck' in 1918 and dressed in traditionally masculine clothes, while Shackleton Heald was the first female reporter in the House of Lords. (National Portrait Gallery)
Chantry House, West Sussex: Gluckstein adopted the name 'Gluck' in 1918 and dressed in traditionally masculine clothes, while Shackleton Heald was the first female reporter in the House of Lords. (National Portrait Gallery)
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent:
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent:
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent:
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent:
Reading Gaol, Berkshire: Oscar Wilde spent eighteen months of his two-year sentence of hard labour for gross indecency at Reading Gaol under the law that was part-repealed by the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. (The Historic England Archive, Hi)
Reading Gaol, Berkshire: Oscar Wilde spent eighteen months of his two-year sentence of hard labour for gross indecency at Reading Gaol under the law that was part-repealed by the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. (The Historic England Archive, Hi)
Ham Spray House, Wiltshire: Artist Dora Carrington and writers Ralph Partridge and Lytton Strachey lived in the house in Ham in an open ménage à​ trois. (via Wikimedia)
Ham Spray House, Wiltshire: Artist Dora Carrington and writers Ralph Partridge and Lytton Strachey lived in the house in Ham in an open ménage à​ trois. (via Wikimedia)

Lambeth LGBTQ+ Zine fair

A Zine fair will take place in Brixton Tate Library, featuring a number of stalls plus a communal table for guests to sell their own zines.

There will also be badge-making and a fundraiser for Brixton Library’s own Zine Library.

Brixton Tate Library, February 11, noon to 4.30pm. Tickets are free but can be reserved on Eventbrite.

Queer Britain: The First Year of our Museum, a talk by Marta Lomza

Marta Lomza, head of collections and curator at Queer Britain, the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum, will talk about the first year of the museum.

She will discuss how the museum has connected with communities and their ambitions for the future.

Queer Britain, February 17, 1pm-2pm. Tickets are free but can be reserved on Eventbrite.

For more events, visit the LGBT+ History Month site.