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LGBTQ History Month

LGBTQ History Month celebrates the lives and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

It takes place every February – but we support work to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia all year round.

In Cambridgeshire the event is co-ordinated by Encompass Network, in partnership with many local organisations.

You can see the full LGBTQ History Month programme of events on the Encompass website. Highlights include:

  • An Introduction to Queer History – Friday 1 February, 5pm at Mill Lane Lecture Theatres, 8 Mill Lane
    A talk by activist and cofounder of Andrew Lumsden, Gay News.
  • Dot Cotton – Saturday 2 February from 9pm at the Q Club, Station Road
    The long-running club night marks the start of LGBTQ History Month.
  • ‘Nothing Just Ever Disappears’ – Monday 4 February, 6pm at the Howard Building, Downing College, Regent Street
    A talk by Diarmuid Hester on innovative queer American writing in the 1980s.
  • MP Panel at University of Cambridge Union – Friday 8 February, 7pm at Emmanuel Church, Trumpington Street
    A panel discussion on political parties’ interaction with LGBTQ communities.
  • Rainbow Pilgrims – Saturday 9 February at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street
    An exhibition discovering the hidden history of LGBTQ migrants in the UK using film, photography and people’s own words.
  • Trash! Waste and Excess in Queer Cultures – Saturday 16 February from 10am at the Faculty of English, West Road and another venue (to be confirmed)
    A day of events including a daytime symposium followed by an evening of performances, drag acts and music.
  • Sing If You Are Glad – Saturday 16 February, 2pm at the Mary Allen Building, Homerton College, Hills Road
    A fun and inclusive singing session open to all
  • Queers in Shorts – Thursday 21 February at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street
    A monthly short films night.
  • Curated by the Community – from Monday 25 February at the Museum of Cambridge, 2-3 Castle Street
    An exhibition about local LGBTQ lives and experiences.

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