LGBT History Month


February is LGBT History month and there are a number of activities happening in and around Greater Manchester - we've got them listed below so you can plan your month accordingly:

Saturday 2nd February


LGBT+ Tea Party at Stockport Lending Library 

Join PLUS, Stockport Libraries and Nexus for the launch of Stockport’s LGBT+ History Month which starts with a fun and friendly tea party. There will be a lovely choice of food with Aba’s famous Afro-Caribbean Dumplings and dip, scones and cakes. A chance to grab a book from a fabulous LGBT+ selection will be optional too.

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Saturday 9th February


Glyn Salton-Cox talk: ‘Queer Communism’ at Working Class Movement Library


For this year’s LGBT History Month [Working CLass Movement Library] welcomes Glyn Salton-Cox, Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Glyn states:

"It is well known that many of the best-known queer writers of the 1930s were involved with Communist politics. Why, then, has there been no extended examination of this striking juncture of dissident sex and socialism?"

His talk explores this question, among others, aiming to transform current narratives of 20th century literary, cultural, and intellectual history from a queer Marxist perspective. It will also explore the contemporary problem of populism, arguing people can learn important lessons from the queer radicalism of the 1930s that can help formulate strategies of resistance to today’s multi-layered oppressions in both Britain and the US.

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Sunday 10th February


OUTing the Past Festival - LGBT+ History month guided tour at People’s History Museum


PHM is once again the Manchester hub for OUTing the Past, the nationwide festival of LGBT history. Join this guided tour of PHM’s main galleries and discover how the history of gender and sexuality has been affected by society, politics and activism over the past 200 years.

Part of PHM’s year long programme exploring the past, present and future of protest, marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.

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First Rumours: The Peter Tatchell Play at People's History Museum


Join [People's History Museum] for a free first glimpse of a new play by PHM’s award winning Playwright in Residence Stephen M Hornby.

The play focusses on Peter Tatchell’s contested candidacy for the Labour Party in London in the early 1980s, which saw the biggest voter swing in modern political history following an extremely homophobic campaign.

After this rehearsed reading there will be a Q&A with Peter Tatchell, facilitated by LGBT activist and historian Paul Fairweather.

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Wednesday 13th February


The Adhesion of Love at ALRA North - Wigan


The extraordinary true story of how an architect’s assistant from Bolton crossed the Atlantic in 1891 to meet visionary queer American poet, Walt Whitman. This new play offers a startling new insight into Whitman in his bicentennial year. The writer, Stephen M Hornby, is a multi-award winner. His last play, The Burnley Bugger’s Ball, gained 5 star reviews. Stephen was awarded the 2018 WINGS by the Swedish International Lesbian & Gay Culture Network for his short film Unchechen.

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Thursday 14th February


Queering the Whitworth Tour at The Whitworth


In celebration of LGBT History Month, [The Whitworth] will be starting a series of tours that explore the history of diversity and same sex desire in [its]collection.

These tours are free

Initial weekly tours in February will start at 18:00 and last 45 minutes, taking in works that are on display and from the stores.

Please meet at the Parkside entrance to begin the tour.

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Thursday, 31 January, 2019

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