WELCOME TO THE BIRMINGHAM LGBT HISTORY FESTIVAL 2019!
Back for a third year, the Birmingham LGBT History Festival explores the often untold histories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communities to coincide with LGBT History Month.
2019 marks a double anniversary year for our communities. June 28th will mark 50 years since of a pivotal moment in the international civil rights movement, The Stonewall Riots: an uprising in New York City that would be the catalyst for the formation of gay rights groups in the USA and the marches and solidarity rallies which formed the first Prides. Here in Birmingham the Nightingale Club will also celebrate its 50th anniversary as Birmingham’s first Gay Bar.
This programme of film screenings and talks explores the changing faces of LGBTQ+ identities over the last fifty years looking back the histories of our communities both locally and internationally. Between Feb 21st-24th we invite you to join us to celebrate, reflect, and come together in looking back at LGBTQ+ History in Birmingham and beyond.
TALK: ‘The past, present and future of the world’s most beautiful beings... non-binary people’ Birmingham Hippodrome, 7:30pm, Thursday 21st Feb, Free.
We are delighted to welcome writer, model, and activist Jamie Windust to Birmingham with their talk on the histories, lives, and futures of non-binary people.Jamie Windust is an award-winning editor in chief of FRUITCAKE Magazine, writer, speaker and model. They are a prominent voice in the UK on non-binary life and have written for publications such as British GQ, The Independent, Gay Times, Dazed and many more. for more details and to book click here.
TALK: The Stonewall Riots, Marsha P. Johnson, & Happy Birthday Marsha Screening.
Birmingham Hippodrome, 7:30pm, Friday 22nd Feb, Free.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - an uprising in New York City that would be the catalyst for the American LGBT Civil Rights Movement and inspiration for the rallies and marches that became the first Prides. This event will look at the roles and the roles of women and people of colour at Stonewall as well as the life and work of activist and trans pioneer Marsha P. Johnson. For more details and to book click here.
EVENT: Remembering 50 Years of the Nightingale
Saturday 23rd Feb, The Loft Lounge, 2-4:30pm, Free.
This informal event will look back over 50 years of the Nightingale, Birmingham’s first gay-bar. Join us for a chance to look through archive posters, flyers, and photos of the Gale, hear from people involved in the early days of the Nightingale, and to share your own memories of the iconic birmingham venue. To book a place and find out more information about the afternoon click here.
SCREENING: Invisible Women + Q&A
Sunday 24th Feb, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2:30pm, £3 (free tickets available to anyone on a low income)
The festival will finish with unforgettable documentary ‘Invisible Women’ exploring the untold histories of Angela and Luchia, two pioneers of the women’s movement and lesbian activists. Back by popular demand after 2 sell-out screenings at SHOUT 2018, this repeat screening will also include an Q&A with Angela and Luchia as they discuss setting up the Gay Liberation Front in the north, rocking with the Northern Women’s Rock Liberation Band to taking on Margaret Thatcher and Section 28. For more info and to book click here.
Before all this, join Birmingham LGBT on Saturday 9th Feb for a repeat chance to see 'Gay Birmingham Remembered', an exhibition which was originally displayed at the Symphony Hall 10 years ago. The piece is a visual representation of a research project which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It explores Birmingham's LGBT social, cultural and political heritage and incorporates 'A portrait of Gay Birmingham 2008'. For more details click here.