Camden & Islington LGBT History Month!

Hi everyone!

Happy LGBT History Month! As part of this month the Camden LGBT Forum have arranged programmes across Camden and Islington with the main focus being on religion, belief and philosophy. The primary aim is to break down the myths of faith in relation to the LGBT community by bringing together all those with faith and not with faith regardless of sexuality and gender identities.

The programmes will explore and provide a new perspective on humanism, spirituality and philosophy whilst uncovering the hidden past of the intersections between faith, sexuality and gender identity. The uncovering of this hidden past will be revealed through artefacts, literature, music and film presented during the course of the different programmes this month. There will also be a closing night gala, ‘One Night in Heaven’, to end LGBT History Month in style – so keep the date free!

We have organized the list of the programmes arranged for you all during the course of this month below. We hope you have a lovely weekend!lgbt history month 2016

 

Today

loudest whispers art festival2016 Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition Preview Night @ The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital (5.30pm – 8.30pm)

  • The 7th Loudest Whispers mixed media
    exhibition of LGBT art works. 36 artists from
    professional to self-taught outsider art back
    grounds present work linked to both an
    open category or themed on the subject of
    faith, spirituality, religion and philosophy.
    The preview includes a catwalk show with
    a range of entertainers hosted by show biz
    superstar Mzz Kimberley and special guests
    Estelle Riviere Monstorlune and special
    guest the surrealist comedian clown and
    BBC3 favourite Mawaan Rizwan from How
    Gay Is Pakistan.
    Free with donation for refreshments

 

national festival of lgbt historyThe National Festival of LGBT History 2016: Launch @ Chamber, Islington Town Hall (5.30pm – 10.30pm

This year Camden and Islington
are privileged to be hosting the
launch event of the London National
LGBT History Festival. The Mayor
of Islington will open the event and
speakers include Peter Tatchell,
Professor Jeffrey Weekes, Rikki
Beadle Blair, Roz Kaveney, Angela
Eagle, Stuart Milk and the Diversity
Choir with Claire Mooney as your MC!
Free event but pre-booking required.

5 guys chillin'5 Guys Chillin’ @ Kings Head Theatre (Thurs – Sat 9.50pm, Sun 5.00pm, Mon 8.30pm)

A graphic, gripping, funny and frank
verbatim drama exposing the gay
Chill-Out scene. From surgeons to
students, couples to kink; guys that love
it and lost guys longing to be loved.
An original look into a drug-fuelled,
hedonistic, highly secret world of ChemSex, Grindr and instant gratification.
Taken from over 50 hours of interviews this is an important
look at changing attitudes to sex, relationships, dating, HIV
and to our perception of sexual relations.
Age 16 years and older Ticketed, prices £15-£18. Running until Sat 27th February.

Twilight People: Stories of Faith & Gender Beyond the Binary – Exhibition & twilight peopleEvents @ Islington Museum (10.00am – 5.00pm Mon – Sat, Closed Wed & Sun)

A pioneering diversity project exploring the
‘hidden history’ of transgender and gender
nonconforming people of faith – the Twilight
People exhibition captures the voices and images
of trans people and interprets them in a heritage
context.
For the first time in the UK, the project allows us
to intimately explore both the oral history and portraiture of
the unheard voice across the faith communities.
Find out more and check out our ‘secret’ schedule of
events: www.twilightpeople.com . Running until Sat 5th March.

 

This weekend

central station birthdaySat 6th – Central Station’s 24th Birthday Party @ Central Station (9.00pm)

With free Cava and
canapés and FREE
ENTRY from 9pm as well
as the legendary Charlie
Hide Show on stage at
11pm it, will be a fantastic night!

  • Every Sunday in February @ Central Station
    • There will be an exhibition of photos and press cuttings
      from the bar’s history from it’s opening in 1992 on display.
      The bar is one of London’s longest surviving independent
      gay venues and became home to many gay groups in the
      90’s and has been proud to raise many thousands for a
      variety of AIDS and other charities and has hosted shows
      by many top performers, past and present over the years.
      Although entrance will be free, the bar will be raising
      much-needed cash for the Central London Branch of the
      Samaritans, so any contributions will be VERY welcome

Sun 7th – Victoria Sponge hosts her CAKE ACADEMY @ Central Station victoria sponge(8.00pm)

Night of mayhem where
anything can – and usually does –
happen! Tonight also features her
special LGBT History Quiz. Come
along and see how much you know!

 

 

Next week

Mon 8th – An Evening with Nikki Sinclaire @ Bloc Bar, Kentish Town Road evening with nikki sinclaire(8.00pm)

Join Europes first openly trans Parliamentarian (MEP) for
an evening of thought-provoking insight
into her experiences traversing issues of
gender, sexuality and politics. Nikki will
take questions from the audience and lead
us through a journey of the compromises
that need to be made when a multi-state
parliament with MEPs of all faiths, beliefs
and identities draft the laws we live our
lives by.
With happy hour from 5:00pm
Over 18s only. Free, just turn up!

kate bornstein in convo with paris leesTues 9th – Kate Bornstein in conversation with Paris Lees @ Staff Restaurant, The British Library (6.30pm – 8:00pm)

American author, playwright,
activist and performing artist
Kate Bornstein is an unique and
revolutionary voice in the evergrowing discussions around
trans visibility, LGBTQ rights,
non-binary identities and ‘gender
outlaws’. In this live conversation,
with journalist and transgender
campaigner Paris Lees, Bornstein talks about her life, work
and personal brand of politics.
Tickets available at https://boxoffice.bl.uk
Full Price: £8.00, Senior 60+: £6.00, Student: £5.00,
Registered Unemployed: £5.00, Friend of the BL: £5.00

Wed 10th – Faith identity and life : A tale of two ages @ University College London, Bloomsbury Campus (6.00pm – 7.30pm)faith identity and life

Event organised by Opening Doors
London, which supports older LGBT*
communities, Out@UCL, the UCL
LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the UCL
LGBTQ Student Network
Revd. Bertrand Olivier, openly gay
Vicar of All Hallows By The Tower,
chairs a panel of LGBTQ+ members
from Opening Doors London and
students from UCL & KCL to share their experiences of
faith, identity and life from a generational perspective. Followed by a drinks reception. Free with tickets booked through Eventbrite

twilight at the museumThurs 11th – Twilight at the Museum @ Islington Museum (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

A free after-dark event featuring a unique
audio installation produced by Roundhouse
Radio and SOAS Radio, exclusively
available for the launch ‘one night only’.
The Twilight People: Stories of Faith and
Gender Beyond the Binary touring exhibition
launches for LGBT History Month 2016.
Find out more and check out our ‘hidden
history’ schedule of events: www.
twilightpeople.com

Fri 12th – Love Throughout History @ British Museum (6.30pm – 8.30pm)love throughout history
Come to the British
Museum for an evening
of performances,
workshops and talks to
celebrate LGBT History
Month. Featuring object presentations by Gendered
Intelligence and Camden LGBT Forum
Full programme available soon. Free, just turn up!

The rest on the month

naz and mattMon 15th – My Darling Naz & Our Search For Sunrise @ Islington Town Hall (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

The Naz and Matt
Foundation was set up
to tackle homophobia
triggered by religion
and to help parents
accept their children.
In July 2014, after a 13
year relationship Matt’s
fiancé, Naz, ended his
life 2 days after his religious family confronted him about
his sexuality. Matt will speak about his very personal story
and explore the work of the Foundation. Those with or
without faith are encouraged to attend this non-judgmental
space to share, learn and connect.
Book at www.camdenlgbtforum.eventbrite.com or on
020 7388 5720 FRE

Mon 15th – Incite! Faith in Our Community Part I @ Phoenix Artist Club (7.00pm to 9.30pm)incite

The best LGBT poetry night in the
West End! Featuring Neil Bartlett:
Internationally Acclaimed Queer
Voice. Writer, Director, OBE &
National Treasure!
Rachel Nwokoro: Young, Fresh,
New Talent Hosted by LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson. Featured performances followed by open mic.
This event is free. Access is via stairs to basement.

remember whenMon 15th – “Remember when…?” @ Central Station (8.00pm)

Karaoke special hosted by
Chris Reardon where you
are invited to dress for the
period and the evening will
focus on Gay Anthems and
songs from the past. Sing your heart out!

Tues 16th – Life Drawing Class @ 39a Canonbury Square (2.00pm – 4.00pm) life drawing class

Following a short introduction
to Futurist artists ideas
around gender and desire,
experience drawing from life
in our galleries with this class
for LGBT History Month.
Suitable for all levels of
experience. Please bring A3
paper, 2B pencil and a drawing board.
£6 .00 Book in advance on 0207 704 9522 or email education@estorickcollection.com
Age 16 years and older

spiritual history of queer peopleWed 17th – A Spiritual History of the Queer Peoples of Planet
Earth @ Islington Town Hall (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

Pioneers of Queer Spirituality from Walt
Whitman to Elsa Gidlow are among the
names of inspired queer visionaries
every queer should know. Queer souls
have often fulfilled spiritual roles in
society – our gender bending ancestors
amongst the tribal peoples of the world. The Radical
Faeries are a modern tribe in which queers explore this
inheritance, taking the story of gay liberation into the
spiritual realms. Join us to explore these connections
through presentation and guided technique.
FREE Booking or Call 020 7388 5720

Thurs 18th – Encountering Faiths and Beliefs: Personal experiences of sexuality, gender identity and faith/beliefs @ Star House (6.30pm for 7.00pm start)encountering faiths and beliefs

Join us for a special Encountering Faiths and
Beliefs workshop on the theme of personal
experiences of sexuality, gender identity and
faith / beliefs. This award-winning workshop
will create a safe space for audiences to
hear stories from speakers of different backgrounds, ask questions, and engage in an interfaith dialogue. Please book your place via 3ff.org.uk/efb
This event is free. Donations towards costs are
welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
Full accessibility information can be found on our
website: www.3ff.org.uk/contact-us/accessibility.php

Thurs 18th – Petrie Film Club presents The Egyptian (US, Michael Curtiz, 1954) @ Petrie Museum (6.00pm for 6.30pm start, ends 8.00pm)

the egyptianBased upon Mika Waltari’s novel,
this glittering Hollywood epic
relates the life of New Kingdom
physician, Sinuhe (Edmund
Purdom) as he encounters deceit,
treachery, and lust within the court
of Egypt’s heretical king, Akhenaten
(Michael Wilding). introduction by
Egyptologist John J Johnston.
Suggested donation £5. Book via
Eventbrite

 

Thurs 18th – Of Men and Angels @ Islington Town Hall (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Michael Arditti has been describedof men and angels
by Philip Pullman as ‘Our best
chronicler of the rewards and pitfalls
of present day faith’ and by the
Spectator as ‘a Graham Greene for
our time’. He has written nine highly
acclaimed novels, including The
Celibate, Easter, Unity, The Enemy
of the Good and The Breath of Night,
and a collection of short stories. Several of his books
explore the connection between spirituality and sexuality, in particular gay sexuality, and the conflict between liberalism and fundamentalism. Arditti will read from and discuss his work, including his work-in-progress, Of Men and Angels,
an exploration of the myth of Sodom, from 6th century BC Babylon to 20th century New York. FREE booking or Call 020 7388 5720

Fri 19th – Club Kali: Spinning you Around the
club kaliWorld in 80 Tunes.. @ The Dome, Tufnell Park (10.00pm – 3.00am)With Bollywood glam and Bhangra
beats expertly mixed by the legendary
DJ Ritu & DJ Dilz.
Club Kali. Hot and Spicy Kali Party
Nights for LGBTQ members.
£8 / £5 conc / Advance Guest List.
Age 18+ DC: Be who you are! Just add Sparkle

 

 

Sat 20th – 2016 Loudest Whispers Short Films And Meet The
Artists @ The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital (1.00pm – 4.00pm)

Come and meetloudest whispers short film
the artists involved
in the 7th Loudest
Whispers art
exhibition and enjoy
related short films
either made by
artists or connected
with the exhibition.
Programme
includes Masood
Khan’s much discussed 2015 documentary How Gay Is
Pakistan with Q and A
Free with donation for refreshment

Mon 22nd – ‘Reading between the lines – same-sex sacredness
d.h lawrenceand D.H.Lawrence’ A talk by Dr Bryce Morrison
(6.30pm – 8.30pm)

D.H.Lawrence has been called ‘The
High Priest of Love’, who sought to
make sacred the relationship between
men and women. I question this. I
shall quote many instances and make
clear his affections for same-sex love
both personally and in society.
FREE booking or Call 020 7388 5720
Venue: TBC

 

Tues 23rd – A Priest on Trial @ Islington Town Hall (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

This documentary film was made inpriest on trial
1992 and charts the savage attempt
to silence the ministry of Fr. Bernárd
Lynch. As an openly gay priest in the Roman
Catholic Church, Fr Lynch was given
an ultimatum b the Vatican and
falsely accused of paedophilia. Fr Lynch was subsequently exonerated by the court in New York and the trial exposed as a sham.This film is a vital testimony to the lengths to which some will go to silence a loving gay ministry. Fr Lynch will be present this evening to answer questions and
there will be a discussion followed by refreshments.
FREE booking or call 020 7388 5720

Wed 24th – The Humanism of Magnus Hirschfeld @ Conway Hall (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

humanism of m. hirschfeldValerie Remy has dedicated much of her
life to the history of the LGBT movement,
particularly of Germany and its First Wave
between the 1890’s and 1933. The UK’s
leading Humanist venue, Conway Hall, will
host her insights into how the life and work of GermanJewish sexologist, Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), was
inspired by the Classical Humanism of German intellectual
culture, a feature since the Renaissance.
FREE  booking or call 020 7388 5720

Thurs 25th – Prevail @ Westminster Kingsway College (7.30pm)

Ever felt like you don’t quite fit in? prevail
That you’re stuck between one place
and another? Occupying the middle
ground? Prevail is a new, physical
theatre piece about coming to terms
with who we are and finding the
freedom to be in that grey space
between gender and sexual identity.
“Fantastic movement and performances were beautifully
connected.”
“The raw emotion is very powerful.”
£8.00 + £1.63 eventbrite booking fee. Age 12 years and up

Thurs 25th – Objects of Desire 2016 @ Petrie Museum (6.00pm for 6.30pm start, objects of desireends 8.00pm)

Join Egyptologist John J Johnston
for an evening of engaging
conversation with artistes, writers,
and academics as they use
artefacts drawn from the extensive
Petrie Museum collection to discuss
concepts of desire, both ancient
and modern.
£5 book via Eventbrite

 

Fri 26th – Twilight People and the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group: LGBTQ Interfaith Service (7.30pm – 9.00pm)

The Progressive Jewish communityjewish gay and lesbian group
invites you to an interfaith Shabbat
celebration on the occasion of The
Twilight People touring exhibition
launch. The service is lead by LGBTQ rabbis and Muslim
and Christian friends. Allies welcome.
Find out more and check out our ‘hidden history’ schedule
of events: www.twilightpeople.com
Free (£5 donation recommended)
Must be reserved
Email: twilightpeople@liberaljudaism.org
Venue: Central London venue (near Warren St) Exact
address on RSV

  • Sat 27th – One Night in Heaven @ Islington Assembly Hall (7.00pm ’til late)
    • Book your tickets for an early preview of the afterlife hosted
      by our very own Sandra. Staring Andy Bell, lead singer of
      legendary band Erasure and the iconic Lana Pillay, star
      of C4’s The Comic Strip Presents & Eat the Rich. With
      special guests The Family Fierce, Rosie Wilby and a choral
      treat you can’t miss. With DJs, bar and raffle. Dress code:
      Angelic and Ethereal.
      FREE booking or call 020 7388 5720

Sun 28th – Arsenal Football Club, the Football Supporters Federation and the gaygooners present: The Come-Together Cup (10.30am – 1.30pm)gaygooners

We are hosting a 5-a-side fun indoor tournament for 8
mixed LGBTQ and community teams. Spectators welcome,
music and food available. We hope to show a brand new
short movie at 1pm, and then watch Arsenal away to
Manchester United on the Emirates screens at 2pm (tbc)
More details on www.facebook.com/arsenalslgbtfans
Venue: The Arsenal Hub – Home of Arsenal in the
Community, next to the stadium, on the corner of
Benwell and Queensland Roads

Mon 29th – Community Conversation on LGBT and Mental Health – Addressing public attitudes: promoting acceptance, dignity and social inclusion @ Islington Town Hall (9.30am – 2.00pm)

This Community Conversation in Islington will hear from lgbt and mental health
experts and service users as part of a panel discussion
followed by workshops that will bring individuals,
practitioners, clinicians and Commissioners together to
discuss mental wellbeing in LGBT communities, the impact
of stigma and domestic violence as well as the barriers
that people face in trying to access mental health support.
The focus will be on how to make improvements in mental
health provision.
The event is free but we request that people register by
calling Islington Community Wellbeing Development
Service – 07539 352 337 so we know how many to cater
for. Tea / coffee and lunch will be provided.

Mon 29th – Faith In Our Community. Part II “The Consequence Of Kisses” @ Poetry Café (7.00pm)the consequence of kisses

A light-hearted, poetic peek at Love past and
present. Hosted by LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy
Howson. With Special Guests and living interactive quiz.
This event is free.