Throughout February, south London is set to host a variety of events across the borough to mark LGTB+ history month.
The month-long recognition of LGBT+ identity was founded in 1994 to celebrate queer history in Britain and across the globe
Southwark will be taking part in the city-wide curation of events, from exhibitions to cabarets, discussions to online talks.
Here are some of the best South London-based activities you can get involved in this February:
Rebel Dykes Film Screening – February 4th
Clapham Library is hosting a screening of a documentary about South London’s 1980s ‘dyke culture’, made by the people who were at the forefront of the movement.
Made in 2021, Rebel Dykes follows the story of a group of women who met in South London’s gay scene in the ’80s and became artists, performers, activists and musicians.
The film is screening in Clapham Library on February 4th and will be followed by an open discussion forum with Lambeth-based Atalanta Kernick and Karen Fisch.
Tickets for the screening can be found here.
Gay Liberation Front (GLF) 2022 Launch Gathering – February 5th
The GLF is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride March at the London LGBT+ Centre from 3-6 pm on Saturday 5th February ‘to start the year with lots of Pride, old and new friends and a BANG!’.
The GLF is a radical, creative grassroots movement ‘committed toward the liberation of all’ that pioneered the advent of many historic gay liberation events throughout history. The group invite people to come together at the London LGBT Centre in Leyton and celebrate this ethos, regardless of their background.
You can find more information here
Our Collective Voice: Photovoice Exhibition – February 8th
On February 8th at 6pm Brixton Library are hosting a special ‘photovoice’ exhibition curated by LamQ+ which displays and expresses the impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and/or other marginalised LGBTQI+ communities through a series of photographs.
The exhibition will display the original work of eleven Photovoice Co-Researchers from Lambeth and other boroughs focused on developing new and emerging appreciations of under-represented communities.
You can find out more here.
Disney Snatch Game – February 10th
The Iconic LGBT+ Clapham club ‘The Two Brewers’ is hosting a Disney Snatch Game to raise funds for HIV charities and organisations around the UK.
An exciting and exotic array of London’s raunchiest drag performers will take to the stage in parodies of musical characters, treating the audience to live performances and an exclusive auction raising money for HIV charity Wandsworth Oasis.
For tickets and information find out more here.
The Transgender Issue: Radical Readers Discussion – February 11th
A discussion forum on the bestselling book ‘The Transgender Issue’, written by trans activist and writer Shon Faye, will be coming to Brixton Library on the 11th of February.
‘The Transgender Issue’ received overwhelming, critical acclaim for its nuanced dissection of the issues facing Trans people.
For a copy of the book and to join the discussion please contact the library on 020 7926 1056.
You can find out more about the event here.
Absolutely Proud – February 12th
For those who prefer a quieter celebration to a cabaret, this online event allows viewers to hear personal stories recounted from the 1992 Europride event in London, which drew in a crowd of 100,000 at a time when homophobia was rife.
Speakers include drag perfumer King Frankie Sinatra, also known as Karen Fischer who starred in the Rebel Dykes film.
Find out more about the lives of LGBTQ+ people who attended the Europride event here.
Queer Alphabet Soup – February 16th
Attendees to the Tate South Lambeth Library’s ‘Queer Alphabet Soup’ can expect a cerebral array of readings, poetry and performances by literary queer artists and writers on February 16.
Readings will be performed by writers and academics such as Adam Zmith, Kashif Sharma-Patel, Elizabeth Chakrabarty and psychologist Charlotte Cooper.
The Bleeding Obvious: One Woman Cabaret – February 23rd
Jessica Rowbottom performs her one-woman cabaret ‘The Bleeding Obvious’ at the Two Brewers in Clapham at the 23rd of February at 8 pm, in which she performs the trials and tribulations of ‘tumbling out of the big pink closet’ through original songs and tales which are sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, frequently emotional and usually queer.
She’s performed to a packed off-West End theatre at Pride In London and a sold-out show at Cadogan Hall London with The Pink Singers, not to mention many more shows across the nation.
Her performances have drawn comparisons with Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, The Divine Comedy and Fascinating Aïda.
Tickets can be purchased here.