You asked for it... we did it!
After the phenomenal success of the first Birmingham LGBT History Festival - held in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – we are delighted to again present the Birmingham LGBT History Festival, exploring the histories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities in Britain.
Taking place at venues across the city, this year will see film screenings, events, talks, and discussions explore different perspectives from recent LGBT history, social histories, political activism, and the ways in which our communities have been represented on screen and in the media.
Join us for 4 days of exploration, discussion, and celebration this LGBT History Month.
Festival Opening: EVEN SOLOMON & Talk
THURSDAY 22ND FEB, 7:30PM
Even Solomon marks one of the first examples of a trans character on British Television. A heartfelt depiction of the challenges faced by a trans woman in the late 70s, as well as a fascinating glimpse into the gender politics of the period. This special archive screening will be introduced with a talk by Kate Hutchinson (Wipe Out Transphobia) exploring the history of the representation of trans people in British media. For more info and to book tickets click here.
FRIDAY 23RD FEB, 7:30PM
A rare screening of Deepa Mehta’s 1196 film Fire, the first in mainstream Indian cinema to explore homosexual love. Stifled by their families, two women find happiness and freedom thanks to the love that grows between them. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. For more info and to book tickets click here.
OUTING THE PAST
SATURDAY 24TH FEB, 11:00AM-5:00PM
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Outing the Past presents a rare opportunity to learn more about LGBT History from the people who lived it. Join us for an afternoon of talks and presentations with perspectives from across the UK ending with a special documentary screening exploring the impact of section 28. For a full programme and booking click here.
CINEQ: QUEER SPACES
SATURDAY 24TH FEB, 7:30PM
Join Cine Q as we delve into what makes a queer space. With a focus on queer people of colour, this evenings programme will present three short archive films tied together with a panel discussion and followed by live music from Zara Sykes. for more details and to book click here.
FESTIVAL CLOSE: BEAUTIFUL THING WITH JONATHAN HARVEY
SUNDAY 25TH FEB, 3:30PM
THE ELECTRIC CINEMA
An exclusive screening of the much loved coming of age film Beautiful Thing featuring a Q&A discussion with its creator: playwright, author and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey (Gimme, Gimme, GImme, Coronation Street). For tickets and further information click here.