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LGBT History Month in London: what's on

Celebrate LGBT History Month 2020 this February with a rainbow of great events across the capital

By Laura Lee Davies
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LGBTQ+ history shouldn’t be contained to a single, short month every year. Thankfully, in London you can find some of the best queer club nights in the world, along with special events that celebrate LGBTQ+ life, all year round. But things really hit their peak in February, when hundreds of talks, workshops and festivals appear for LGBTQ+ History Month (February 2020), and this year is no different. 

There are free film screenings, alt-cabaret and a queer takeover of Queen’s House to choose from, so whether you’re L, G, B, T, Q, I or straight, prepare to be enlightened, inspired and entertained. Here’s our round-up of the London celebrations and activities. 

LGBTQ+ Month events in London

Photograph: Henri T Art @henri_t_art

Bar Wotever

Clubs Rock and indie Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall

Turning a full 15 years old in March, this queer cabaret show creates a new slice of LGBTQ+ history every week, with a line-up that moves freely from drag to spoken word. Each night is different, but the welcoming spirit remains the same. Find out more here

My Beautiful Laundrette + Q&A

Film Comedy

Daniel Day-Lewis wanted a part in Stephen Frears’s Thatcher-era love story so badly, he sent the director a letter saying he’d break his legs if he didn’t get it. Thankfully it worked, or we’d have never seen his on-screen kiss with Gordon Warnecke. See it at Genesis Cinema. Tube: Stepney Green. Mon Feb 24. Free, register in advance.

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Fierce Queens: House of Queers

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Greenwich

We didn’t see it coming, but turns out the Royal Museums in Greenwich are where to be for LGBTQ+ history month. Watch the real queens take over a former royal residence with drag, occultism, treason and A Little History of Gay Life at Sea. Queen’s House. Cutty Sark DLR. Feb 28. £16. Find out more here

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