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’s 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. The programme launches on Thursday 22nd February with a special archive screening of Even Solomon (the first example of a transgender character on British TV) and will close on Sunday 25th February with a screening of the much loved coming-of-age film ‘Beautiful Thing’ followed by an exclusive Q&A discussion with its creator; playwright, author and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey.
As part of the festival, on Saturday 24th February Birmingham LGBT will host ‘Outing the Past’ (The National LGBT History Festival) at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This fantastic free event will see speakers from across the UK share stories and uncover forgotten histories, as well as presenting new perspectives on LGBT History.
We are extremely proud to bring back the Birmingham LGBT History Festival for 2018, after such phenomenal feedback and interest from 2017. This year’s programme is means for people to come together, discuss, and celebrate the diverse and varied heritage and the histories of LGBT communities.
A full programme of events will be announced at the end of January on our website with tickets on sale immediately following the programme announcement.