Events & Activities


In conjunction with Outings In Art, our Arts & Culture partners, the following events and activities are available for you.

Sing and Fight!

27 November 2020

Sing and Fight

Floating drag queens, singing fish, safer sex commercials by famous artists; these are just some of the ways that AIDS activism and LGBT liberation is explored in this screening of musical films by Canadian director John Greyson.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image is presenting this a one-off chance to see these rarely shown films online which will be followed by a Q&A session. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Book Now

A Gay Century

10 November 2020 to 15 January 2021

Gay Century logo

Peter Scott-Presland, a Friend of Westminster LGBT Forum, is repeating performances of scripts from his musical play 'A Gay Century'.

It is a cycle of gay chamber operas covering the period 1900 (death of Oscar Wilde) to 2001 (first civil partnerships introduced in London experimentally by mayor Ken Livingstone).

Everyone is welcome to join these Zoom performances.

Couples

Until 23 December 2020

Couples

An exhibition of miniature busts of the leading voices of 20th century female liberation that guide us through the history of women’s sexual emancipation.

Sculpted and painted by Nicole Farhi MRSS, these couples were the independently minded women who became the driving force in the fight against female injustice, gender prejudice and conservatism.

On view at The Fine Art Society, 25 Carnaby Street London W1F 7DE by appointment only but available to to see online.

GHBoy

4 to 28 November 2020

GHBoy

Unexpectedly, his boyfriend Sergio proposes, compelling Robert to turn his back on addiction and self-sabotage before he destroys this final chance at happiness.

In the midst of all this, Robert is grieving the death of his father. He desperately wants to be a better person but trapped in a pattern of substance abuse and infidelity, he has a lingering fear that he will never find love and acceptance.

The burgeoning party scene of East London hides a dark secret: a swathe of young men dying unexpectedly, with whispers of an unnamed killer.

This brand-new piece of theatre tackles the misconceptions around gay culture and promiscuity. At the Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL

Thrive LDN

November 2020

Thrive LDN

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to ensure that all Londoners have an equal opportunity to good mental health.

See their Events and Support Service after sudden bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introducing Wander Art

November 2020

Wander Art

Take a breather from working at home and immerse yourself in art as local, national, and international artists transform the streets with eye catching sculptures, installations and murals.

This month a brand-new outdoor gallery trail, Wander Art, launches across the streets of Mayfair and Belgravia.


Christmas at Covent Garden

Christmas at Covent Garden

Joining Covent Garden’s iconic 60-foot British grown handpicked Christmas tree, decorated with over 30,000 lights, the neighbourhood will be transformed into a winter wonderland glittering with 115,000 lights across the historic piazza and its adjoining streets.

Read More

World AIDS Day

1 December 2020

Worlds AIDS day

Everything you need is provided, and they can offer support and advice as you plan. Have a look at their virtual events pack and their fundraising pack for ideas and tips.

Things are different this year due to Covid-19 and many usual fundraising routes are impossible. However, National AIDS Trust has come up with some great, easy, ready to use virtual options.

Decide now how you can fundraise to make this happen and obtain your pack. This year, everyone is being asked to ‘Rock the Ribbon’ to:

  • Stop HIV by 2030
  • End HIV stigma
  • Support HIV rights

Drag Race bingo

1 December 2020

Drag Bingo

This live Zoom stream will start at approx 7.25 p.m. and bingo at 7.30 p.m. in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust on World AIDS Day. Register Now

An unmissable evening of bingo and prizes with RuPauls Drag Race superstar Charlie Hides.

How to be Happier

1 December 2020

How to be Happier

Life is hard. We all struggle at times. So what can we do to be happier, especially when facing challenges?

During this online event at 7 p.m., Dr Tal-Ben Shahar shares simple actions and attitudes which can help us create more happiness in our lives, even in difficult times. Book Your Place

Rainbow Laces Day

9 December 2020

Laces Day

COVID-19 is having a big impact on LGBT communities. Many of us are experiencing isolation and poor mental health, particularly trans people, bi people, LGBT people of colour, disabled LGBT people and LGBT people in poverty.

Together or apart, online or on the pitch, we need to build on our work to make sport everyone’s game. That's why this year's Rainbow Laces campaign is more important than ever. Sport brings our communities together and, whether we’re watching or taking part, it makes our lives richer and can help our mental health.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing stories from LGBT people in sport and will actively celebrate together (online) on 9 December for Rainbow Laces Day.

Christmas Cabaret - Above the Stag

December 2020

Above Stag

A mixture of Christmas riotous panto, musical theatre, cabaret, and songs presented by Above the Stag Theatre.

View the full programme.


Sadler's Wells Global Gala

5 December 2020

Global Gala

Free to view, this exciting online programme will bring together talented artists from around the world for an evening of performances, sketches and messages to celebrate dance and raise funds in support of the full reopening of our theatre.

You can expect to see some familiar faces from Sadler's Wells, but perhaps not as you've seen them before.

Register your interest now.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

This beautiful building will be open again for an unforgettable Christmas season of socially-distanced and online events, and they hope to see you there. Browse to see what they have coming up.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Until 28 February 2021

Jamie

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the award-winning hit musical for today and more relevant than ever for the times we now live in.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. He doesn’t fit in and is terrified about the future. But he’s is going to be a sensation!

At the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

What to do in Northbank

Northbank

As the country enters a second lockdown, Nothbank have put together a quick summary of the new restrictions in place, economic support available to the business community and what the BID is doing to help.

Stuck for ideas on what to do? Why not try some of these itineraries.

All That Jazz

Featuring over 150 performers and musicians, reunited from across the world to present a truly unique, memorable, and breath-taking performance of All That Jazz from the legendary Kander and Ebb musical, Chicago.

Unity Talks: Teddy Brown

GLF

Gay Times Unity Talks, interviews Teddy Brown, one of the founding members of the Gay Liberation Front in the UK and forefathers of our movement for LGBTQ+ rights.

He explains how the Black Panthers inspired the Gay Liberation Front in the UK.

The Gay Liberation Front

Gay Liberation Front

The formation of the GLF was a watershed moment in British LGBT+ history. For the first time, thousands of LGBT+ people protested against our persecutors.

Fifty years ago on 13 October 1970, the Gay Liberation Front was founded at the London School of Economics.  

Watch the video: The GLF @ 50: Fifty years of LGBT+ struggle

Summer Exhibition

6 October 2020 to 3 January 2021

Summer exhibition

For the first time in history, the Summer Exhibition will fall in winter. But at the Royal Academy, summer is a state of mind, not a time of year. Discover a myriad of works by household names and emerging artists inside our joyous festival of art.

This year’s exhibition includes new works by Tracey Emin, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, Gillian Wearing, and Ai Weiwei.

Read More about the event and how to book.

The Young Artists Summer Show

Titled 'We Are Not the Same' by Sahar, age 14. A portrait of his brother about how the modern world contrasts with his family's traditional Afghan culture.

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The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young people aged 5 to 19 years, taking place both online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts to recognise talented young artists.

All of the artworks, including the one shown, are available to view online, with a selection appearing in the on-site exhibition taking place in the RA's Clore Learning Centre between 19 October to 22 November 2020.

Howard Hodgkin: Memories

1 October to 11 December 2020

Howard Hodgkin

This exhibition is devoted to the art of Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), who is widely regarded as one of the leading British painters of the last fifty years.

At Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 38 Bury Street SW1Y 6BB from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

Bringing together nineteen of the artist’s most distinctive paintings, Howard Hodgkin: Memories focuses on the 1980s and 1990s, two decades during which Hodgkin’s art attained the stylistic maturity and expressive vitality that secured international recognition.

See Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert for further details. No booking required.

9 October 2020 to 7 February 2021

Sunil Gupta artwork

From his involvement in New York’s gay liberation movement during the 1970s to more recent campaigning in India, Gupta employs photography to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights.

The Photographer’s Gallery mounts the first retrospective of New Delhi-born artist Sunil Gupta.

See The Photographer’s Gallery for more information about this exhibition, opening times and how to book.

Zanele Muholi Exhibition

5 November 2020 to 7 March 2021

Zanele Muholi

Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date.

For more information and how to book see Tate Modern Exhibition

Dellasposa Gallery

Dellasposa

Dellasposa Gallery invites you to explore the works of Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson, whose art shares a mutual interest in highlighting corruption, power, glory, and injustices in the world.

Both artist's work wrestles with social issues of justice, propaganda, corruption, and brutality in contemporary culture.

Visit the Online Viewing Room

Write an Open Letter to Queer Britain

Open Letter

Throughout history, the experiences of LGBTQ+ people have been erased, overlooked or marginalised. Queer Britain want future generations to see themselves. History does not live in dusty archives, it is alive in us all in the here and now.

In partnership with Levi’s® and Post Office, members of the LGBTQ+ communities and allies are invited to write an open letter to Queer Britain. These will live in their collection and will record and preserve valuable accounts of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Britain today.

Each letter will be a valuable asset helping to build a narrative that truly represents the diversity, resilience and beauty of the UK’s LGBTQ+ people. After the campaign, the letters will be studied by historians at Goldsmith's and Kent State Universities as part of their joint research project, 'Queer Pandemic.''They may also be used in books and exhibition.

Share your memory, and say how you are feeling. Share your hopes and dreams or even a piece of advice. Every story is important. Queer Britain want to read yours, so get writing! (Postage is free)

See full details of the campaign and how to get involved.

Have your voice heard and join Queer Britain and the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm team, for an evening of discussion and reflection on 9 December 2020.

Royal Opera House Autumn 2020 Programme

Over the next three months the Royal Opera House will be staging an exciting mix of opera and ballet performances, including the world's first hyper-reality opera, and Insights events.

Every event, unless stated, will have the option to watch online via stream.roh.org.uk Tickets for their first three events are on sale now.

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, they are also opening their doors to live audiences once again! They have been working hard to create a new seating map that complies with strict social distancing to make your visit as safe as possible.

See What’s On for full details.

Songs for a New World

5 February to 7 March 2021

Songs for New World

Songs For A New World transports audiences through time and space to meet a startling array of characters. Every one of them so different, but all representing our world today and our hopes for a new world; a better world.

Playing at London's Vaudeville Theatre for a five week period. Book Now

Autumn Reads & Films

Books
'More In Than Out – THE LOCKDOWN' - A random recollection of performances and thoughts that took place in central London in the thick of the lockdown by the Spanish artist Lorenzo Belenguer. With no audience available, the performance took place nevertheless.
'To Be A Gay Man' by Will Young - Virgin Books
'Real Life' by Brandon Taylor - Daunt Books
'Piranesi' by Susan Clarke - Bloomsbury Publishing
The new novel from the author of the fabulously odd 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell'.
'A Dutiful Boy' by Mohsin Zaidi - Square Peg Books
Films
'Rocks' - Bucky Bakray stars in this look at diverse young
female identity in east London. (Release 18 September 2020).
TV
'Ratched' - Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ returns in a series from Ryan Murphy and featuring Cynthia Nixon. Netflix from 18 September 2020.

Online Free LGBT+ Film Festival

Iris Film Festival

The online festival includes seven new LGBT+ feature films and more than fifty short films from around the world. All completely free. Plus, there's discussions with filmmakers, and a few virtual parties too. 

As well as live events every day, all films are available to watch on demand. Explore the whole programme.

Other Amazing Events

See Outsavvy for a range of amazing events including 'SuperGloryhole: Big Queer Digital Meltdown' and lots more.

Gaywise FESTival ® Goes Online

These amazing stories of LGBTQI+ ‘heroes’ or role-models, unfold their experiences of the last 6 months, living through Covid-19 pandemic. See GFEST - Gaywise FESTival

Meetings


Westminster LGBT Forum Open Meeting

Until Covid-19 restrictions relax, Forum meetings will be virtual for the time being. The next meeting will be in January 2021.

This virtual meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams.

An invitation will be sent to all Friends and Supporters on our mailing list nearer the date.

If you know of anyone who would like to join the Forum, please ask them to become a Friend.

It is Free to join, so please spread the word.

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