Opinion: So much to get involved with during Camden and Islington LGBT History Month

Tessa Havers-Strong, forum+, is looking forward to LGBT History Month.

Tessa Havers-Strong, forum+, is looking forward to LGBT History Month. - Credit: Archant

February will be soon upon us and with that comes the celebration of the history and achievements of the LGBT communities.

forum+ will be showcasing the largest line-up of events in the UK with its Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2020 programme and everyone is encouraged to attend and take part.

The aims of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month are to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and their experiences in the wider community.

This is an opportunity to raise awareness and advance education on matters affecting the LGBT community and build inclusive spaces for everyone, thereby reducing social isolation and marginalisation.

The 2020 festivities centre on the themes of 'Poetry, Prose and Plays'. From guided walks in Islington, to LGBT+ under-fives' story book mornings; from plays by LGBT writers to queer poetry readings; from the Loudest Whispers Art exhibition to the LGBT Film Day at the British Museum, forum+ has partnered with organisations across Camden and Islington to offer a month brimming with events - which are mostly free for people to attend.

Come join the forum to mark the launch of Camden & Islington LGBT History Month and Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition.

A Midwinter Night's Dream, will be an evening of Shakespearean styled extravaganza filled with love and heartbreak and hosted by XAnthony starts from 6pm on Friday, February 7 at the Conference Centre in St Pancras Hospital.

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Be sure to come by the British Museum on Saturday, February 15 from 11.00am and be treated to a selection of LGBTQ film shorts, a panel discussion with the makers of Reading Gaol, followed by the screening of Sally Potter's blockbuster, Orlando.

For a leap year special on February 29, team up with Islington Guides for a new walk which explores the LGBTQ heritage of Holloway.

Starting outside Highbury & Islington Station at 12pm and 2.30pm, the walk will follow Offord Road to the hinterland of Caledonian Park.

See where England's most famous composer lived with his lover of 39 years and hear their love song.

See where Oscar started the sentence he never really finished and where it was safe for gays and lesbians to play sport...and just play.

Throughout the month, Islington libraries will feature a rainbow booklist compiled in partnership with Gay's the Word Bookshop.

Full details of all events taking place during Camden & Islington LGBT History Month will be published on the forum website during the week of January 20 and hardcopy booklets will be available in venues across Camden & Islington, including the public libraries and town hall.

forum+ supports LGBT people who are victims of crime. If you are a victim of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic harassment or hate crime, we have numerous ways of supporting you.

Contact forum+ to make an appointment to discuss your options with our caseworker, or to report a crime anonymously using our third-party reporting scheme.

Also, we can report LGBT+ hate crimes to the police and relevant council organisations on your behalf. Visit forumplus.org.uk for more information.