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LGBTQ+ history month

February is UK LGBTQ+ history month, an annual observance of LGBTQ+ history and celebration of the culture.

Lewisham LGBTQ+ History Month

In the run up to the celebration of Pride’s 50th birthday in the UK, we are using LGBTQ+ History Month as a time of celebration and reflection of the LGBT+ community and history in Lewisham.

Pride 2022

To find out more about Lewisham Council's Pride plans for 2022, click here.

Schools Competition

Lewisham Council is celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month 2022. We are using this time to celebrate and reflect LGBTQ+  culture and communities throughout history and in the present day. The theme for this year is 'Politics in Art: The arc is long'. Secondary school students are invited to submit a poster inspired by political art past and present. Primary school students are invited to explore themes of inclusion through art in picture books, and we are asking students to draw a picture of what inclusion looks like to them.

All entrants have the opportunity to  win vouchers for art supplies and books for their school, we will also give the winners a professional run of prints and frame their work to be on display at their school. For access to competition details, please log in via Lewisham Services for Schools.

Rebel Lewisham

An exhibition of LGBT+ history and activism in Lewisham hosted by METRO Charity. 'We are proud to host our latest exhibition launch during Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans+ History Month as part of our celebrations of Lewisham, as London Borough of Culture 2022.We will be highlighting key moments in our own and the wider communities' histories, with a focus on Lewisham and LGBTQ+ activism within the borough. Additionally, the event will include our "Rebel Canvas" on which attendees will be invited to share their experiences, stories, photos, memories, and other memorabilia along with comments about the exhibition.' The exhibition is free to attend, with refreshments included! Book via Eventbrite here.

Date: Friday 18th February 2022

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: The Atrium, METRO New Cross, Mulberry Centre, 15 Amersham Vale, SE14 6LE

The Triangle

This LGBTQ+ History Month, we are pleased to share an interview with Deborah Astell and Wayne Lucas, co co-ordinators of The Triangle, Deptford. Set to open this year, The Triangle is a safe space dedicated to LGBTQ+ art and culture. 

Watch the interview with Deborah and Wayne.

The House of Lewisham

Celebrate key figures from the borough with The House of Lewisham. Members of the Know Your Worth support programme and theatre makers from Lewisham College's performing and production art courses use ball culture motifs to educate and entertain in words, song, fashion and dance. Limited tickets available! Book yours by emailing Grimtimesinfo@gmail.com.

Date: Thursday 24 February 2022 

Time: 2 pm and 7 pm

Venue: Tressillian Theatre, Lewisham College

Watch Out There's a Queer about!

Join us for a free collaboration screening event ‘Watch Out There’s a Queer About!’ at METRO Charity with Staying Out as part of Lewisham's London Borough of Culture 2022 celebrations and for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans+ History Month. The event will feature two film screenings from the London Community Video Archive: Framed Youth — Revenge of the Teenage Perverts (1983), and Watch Out — There's a Queer About! (1980).

The event is free to attend, fully accessible, and will have free refreshments, provided by Pinkies Social Club. Booking is required through Eventbrite here.

Date: Friday 25th February

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: METRO New Cross, Mulberry Centre, 15 Amersham Vale, SE14 6LE

LGBTQ+ Community and Leisure

Electric Watermelon

SE23’s Monthly LGBT+ party at The Honor Oak. From Drag brunch in the morning to partying in the evening. All are welcome to come down for music, dancing and all round good vibes! Make sure you get their next event in your diary for some local fun.

QueerOff

A night dedicated to the LGBT+ creative scene in South London. QueerOff boasts an impressive array of comedy, music, spoken word and cabaret.

Rainbow Men's Walking Group

A local group designed to build friendships in the great outdoors! The Rainbow Men’s walking group is a community centred around boosting endorphins and making new friends.

Queer House Party

Queer house party is truly inclusive, with BSL and disability access ensured at every night. Since the easing of lockdown restrictions, they have continued their events, IRL/URL allows for guests to attend in person and online. An impressive hybrid night full of the best drag, performance and DJs that London has to offer.

Find them on Facebook.

Find them on Instagram.

Smash Hits London

Organising all over South London, Smash Hits is providing LGBT+ inclusive badminton to novices and vets alike. Smash Hits prides itself on being friendly, sociable and inclusive. Sign up if you’re looking to make friends and get active!

London Trans and Gender non-conforming swimming group (TAGs)

Glass Mill Leisure Centre is the home of internationally renowned swimming group for the Transgender and Non-Binary community. Since 2014, TAGs has been challenging barriers facing Trans and Non-binary people in sport, providing a safe space for people to stay active and make friends.

Find out more about their story.

Follow TAGs on Facebook.

Lewisham LGBT Forum

Lewisham LGBT Forum provides an online inclusive space for anyone who identifies as LGBT+. The forum is for anyone who is looking to socialise and make connections, but it also serves as an invaluable resource for support services local to Lewisham.

LGBT+ Staff Networks

Lewisham Council/Lewisham Homes

Lewisham College

Goldsmiths

Lewisham Hospital

Metro Charity

The Metro Charity provides health, community and youth services across London and the South East.

Goldsmiths LGBT+ Community Engagement

Find out more about the outcomes of Goldsmiths University’s social mapping of LGBT+ spaces in Deptford.

Is there an LGBTQ+ business or community group we need to know about? Get in touch with us at civicevents@lewisham.gov.uk.