Camden LGBT History Month Press Release

2nd Press Release for Camden & Islington Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month 2015
Jimmy SomevilleCommunards and Bronski Beat star JIMMY SOMERVILLE to headline Camden and Islington LGBT History Month 2015 closing night party – ‘The Gala Parlour’

Get your FREE tickets here –
Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Street, Holborn, WC1R 4RL
When: 7pm to late

Line-up includes:

  • Jimmy Somerville
  • Al Pillay
  • Ida Barr
  • Sandra
  • Mzz Kimberley
  • Trudy Howson
  • DJs Jonathan Kemp, Sadie Lee and Alexander Price

The event is FREE but you do need to book. And don’t forget to bring some money for the bar and our charity raffle – all proceeds go to paying for the event and any excess to our mission to fight homophobia and transphobia.

So what’s been happening this month?

February has already seen record numbers turn out for Camden & Islington’s LGBT events programme – with film, literary talks, a museum exhibition and history coming out of our ears.

Highlights for the rest of the month include:
LGBT Film Day on 21 February 2015.

The day is dedicated to screening films inspired by LGBT lives.
Date: Saturday 21 February 2015
Time: 12.00 – 17.30
Location: Stevenson Lecture Theatre, The British Museum
Free, a ticket is required for each film.
For bookings visit or call Box Office: +44 (0)20 7323 8181

Programme includes:
12.00-13.00 Paradise Bent: Boys will be Girls in Samoa (1999). Documentary / Cert. Exempt/ 51 minutes
A documentary about the fa’afafine lifestyle, their history and role in Samoan society. Fa’afafine translates into “in the manner of a woman” and refers to boys who take on domestic roles in their households. It’s a pretty widely accepted practice in Samoa, with two to three fa’afafines in some large families. Dir. Heather Croall. Supported by the Royal Anthropological Institute

13:15 -14:35. Codebreaker (2011). Documentary/ Cert. Exempt / 81 minutes
The highs and lows of Alan Turing’s life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecu-tion through to his tragic death in 1954. This film features interviews with contemporary experts from the world of technology, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. These contributors bring Turing’s exciting impact up to the present day, explaining why, in many ways, modern technology has only just begun to explore the potential of Turing’s ideas. Dir. Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey

14:45 -17:15 Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2003). Documentary/ Cert. Exempt / 84 minutes.
An eye-opening documentary about the most sophisticated and charismatic of the civil rights leaders, enhanced by insights about why he became the most neglected. Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) helped to school Martin Luther King in pacifism—and persuaded him at an early stage not to own guns. Ultimately Rustin was driven to the margins of the movement for being outspokenly gay and refusing (on tactical grounds) to oppose the war in Vietnam Dir. Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Bennett Singer, director of the ‘Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin’, and Clare Beavan, director of the ‘Codebreaker’ 16.15-17.15. Ticket needed.

An Evening with Mike Jackson, Co-founder of Lesbians and Gays support the Miners
Sunday 22nd February 8.00pm
Venue: Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, London N1 9SD
30 years ago families from a Welsh mining community were supported by the Lesbian and Gay Pride march, now immortalised in the movie ‘Pride’. Mike Jackson. Co-founder of Lesbians and Gays support the Miners (London) will talk about the events that led to this, with excerpts from a video made at the time by LGSM and about the making of the movie ‘Pride’. There will be a Q&A session.
Although entrance is free, the bar will be raising much-needed cash for the Central London Branch of the Samaritans, so any contributions will be very welcome!
And if this interests you why not check out Islington museums new exhibition on the Gay Liberation Front and the first gay public protest on Highbury Field in November 1970. Their activism led to the first Pride March in 1972 which has been an important annual LGBT event ever since.

Check out Pride after Prejudice at the Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

Thursday 26th February – ‘Objects of Desire’ at the Petrie Museum
Join Egyptologist John J Johnston and a host of academics and artistes as they discuss artefacts from the Petrie Museum and the stories they tell about the concepts of desire, both ancient and modern.

When: Thursday 26th February from 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
Where: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT

Cllr Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council said:

“We are incredibly proud of our LGBT Forum and the huge amount of work it manages to do both to celebrate LGBT equality and relationships and to continue to fight for those rights which are not yet won or entrenched.
“LGBT history month is an opportunity to learn and to raise awareness that homophobia is not just something that happens in Russia or in the past. It happens here and it is happening now.
“I would encourage everyone to look at the amazing programme the Forum has put together and, at least, to try out something this year.”

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 Director of Camden LGBT Forum who’s team 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.

“We are truly grateful to Jimmy Somerville who has agreed to headline our Gala at no charge – he is a hero to many of us in the LGBT community and to close our 10th anniversary History Month with such an icon could not be more appropriate.”

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