LGBT+ History Month 2019

February is LGBT History Month. 2019’s theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. – exploring LGBT+ activism in the 50th year since the Stonewall Riots. Lambeth Libraries will host a series of events including Q&As with local authors, reading sessions for all ages and art exhibitions that explore the contribution LGBT+ people have made to all our lives.

Do drop into your library in February to pick up a brochure or download it here.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “Lambeth Libraries have co-ordinated this programme to give an insight into LGBT+ history, giving us all the opportunity to understand and challenge discrimination and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. The vibrancy of Lambeth is very well reflected in the diversity of our communities and our commitment to equality. I hope you will join us.

It’s going to be a really fun February!

‘We Have Rather Been Invaded’ (2017) Section 28 Film showing and discussion

Monday 4 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. Brixton Oval SW2 1JQ.

We Have Rather Been Invaded by Ed Webb-Ingall considers the impact and legacy of Section 28, legislation that prohibited ‘promoting homosexuality’, and the direct action protests that preceded it. The 39 min film includes the ‘lesbian invasion’ of the BBC Six O’Clock News in 1988 and will be followed by a Q&A with Ed Webb-Ingall.

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Friday 8 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. Brixton Oval SW2 1JQ.

Join the Radical Readers reading group to discuss Giovanni’s Room, a classic of Gay literature by James Baldwin.

In 1956 Baldwin’s publisher suggested that he “burn” Giovanni’s Room because of the theme of homosexuality. However, the book has now been ranked number 2 on a list of the best 100 gay and lesbian novels of all time. For a copy of the book please contact the library on 020 7926 1056.

Drag Queen Storytimes

Drag Queen Story Time is where fairy tales come to life. Presented by real Queens. This event will capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood allowing children to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish. Where dress-up is real.

With songs, arts and crafts and storytime – there’s fun to be had for all ages. It’s a standard storytime, with a bit of extra glitter.

Saturday 9 February, 12pm
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP
Wednesday 13 February, 10.30am
West Norwood Library. SE27 9JX
Friday 15 February, 10.30am
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB
Tuesday 26 February, 10.30am
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

LGBT+ Fair at the Library

Saturday 9 February, 12pm to 4pm.
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

Arts, crafts, books and more at Tate South Lambeth Library’s LGBT+ Fair. The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library’s own arts and craft fairs have become a popular feature of the neighbourhood, this time with a gay flair! We’ve got a rainbow cake competition and stalls from Books Peckham’s special selection of LGBTQ+ books and comics, Glad to be Gay, Solidarity Not Charity and beautiful artwork from Sumena Owen and Ashley Howard.

Queer Alphabet Soup – An evening of LGBT+ Spoken Word

Tuesday 19 February, 7pm
Tate South Lambeth Library. SW8 1QP

A series of readings, poetry and performance from literary queer novelists, poets, performance artists and writers. Featuring readings and performances from: Isabel Waidner, Len Lukowski, Julia Bell, Zia Almos Yeshua, Holly Casio, Sogol Sur and Ashley Howard.

Join us for a great night – All free!

Gay Times Tango

Sunday 24 February, 7pm to midnight.
Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall. SW2 1RW

In 1975 South London Gay Liberation Front organised the original Gay Times Tango in support of the Gay Times Festival. Fast forward to its 44th anniversary – February 2019 – and the Mayor of Lambeth, Christopher Wellbelove, is hosting a celebratory fundraiser event, compered by Timberlina.

Performances on the night will include CK, Heart and Soul, Marsha Mellow, Mrs Moore, Sandra London, Topsie Redfern and Vanity Nightmare, with more acts to be announced. The event is in partnership with Gay Times Magazine, The Two Brewers and Pride in London. A quarter of the proceeds will be donated to the Brixton-based charity GMFA (Gay Men Fighting Aids) and the rest to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Tickets in advance from Event Lambeth£25 full price /£20 concessions. This is an 18+ event.

Queer lives in print with writers Will Eaves and Jennifer Hodgson

Wednesday 27 February, 7pm
Brixton Library. SW2 1JQ

Join Will Eaves (Murmur) and Jennifer Hodgson (Ed. The Unmapped Country: an anthology of Ann Quin writings) to discuss their recent books and the writing of queer lives.

Murmur is based on Alan Turing’s experience during the period of his punishment for gross indecency, when he went to hospital weekly and quietly submitted himself to the injection of hormones that effected chemical castration. The cryptanalyst who, at Bletchley, had programmed machines to break the German naval code now applies himself to the cipher of his own trance-like visions.

In The Unmapped Country Jennifer Hodgson edits the unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin and explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century writing, bridging the world of Virginia Woolf and Anna Kavan with that of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.

Drag King workshop

Sunday 3 March, 2pm.
Clapham Library. SW4 7DB

This workshop explores different expressions of gender through performance, particularly masculinity, in the form of drag ‘kinging’ (the opposite of drag queens!). We explore using the body, movement, voice, and character detail to build a drag king persona. It’s for total beginners as well as those who have experience of performing, and is for people of all gender identities. Limited places, Booking essential. Tickets £5 plus booking fee from Eventbrite

Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh ‘Delhi: Communities of Belonging’ Art Exhibition

February/March at Brixton Library

Photographers and artists Gupta and Singh have previously created work that addresses gender and sexuality in India today. Their ground breaking exhibition Delhi: Communities of Belonging chronicles contemporary LGBTQ life in Delhi. Gupta and Singh’s project masterfully enables us to witness the intimate, ordinary and loving moments of 17 diverse individuals and couples and offers an unprecedented portrait of queer people’s lives in India. During February Brixton Library will be hosting a selection of the series.

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