Borough to host UK's biggest LGBT history month celebrations

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By JulieGK | Monday, January 21, 2013, 19:25

LGBT Forum, Camden Council and Islington Council have once again joined forces to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history month, which this year focuses on maths, science and engineering.

A four-week long programme across both boroughs has been organised by Camden's LGBT Forum featuring literary, art, educational and social events that champion equality and promote the history of gay rights.

This year's programme is bigger than ever before and dedicated to Alan Turing, the father of computer science who was persecuted for his sexuality.

The highlights for February 2013 include:

  • Loudest Whispers, throughout February – An exhibition on the theme of Change and Changes featuring artwork from more than 25 LGBT artists, displayed at the Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital.
  • London Schools Educate and Celebrate Showcase, 28 February – A daytime schools sports tournament followed by an evening of performance by Islington pupils.  The showcase, held at Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium, will focus on eradicating homophobic language and bullying from schools.
  • Restock Theatre presents: Vincent River, 26 and 27 February – Philip Ridley grapples with homophobia, bullying and social exclusion in his play shown at the Pleasance Theatre.
  • Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England, various dates and venues - Author Neil McKenna discusses his book about the 1870 trial of transvestites Fanny Park and Stella Boulton, which gripped Victorian society.
  • The 2013 LGBT History month ball is this year entitled The Big Bang Ball, in keeping with the sci-fi theme and will take place on Friday 22 February, at Islington Assembly Hall on Upper Street, N1.
The full programme for LGBT History Month can be viewed at camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Some events require advance booking.

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