ART | Queer British Art 1861-1967
📅 Until October
This is a fantastic way to acquaint yourself with the history of the LGBTQ movement in Britain, through some of the most beautiful and poignant art created by, for, and around the community. Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists were able to convey their feelings in a time of great change in established assumptions about gender and sexuality. From portraiture to sculpture, letters and artefacts, it is a comprehensive and enlightening collection.
Tickets from £15
📅 Wednesday 21 June 2017 – Saturday 15 July 2017, 7.30-10pm
This Olivier Award-winning play focuses on gender, sexuality, and being a long way from home. It comes from writer Jon Brittain, author of What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad). The bittersweet comedy focuses on Alice, who wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend Fiona begins her transition to begin life as Adrian, a man. This leaves Alice questioning whether she can still identify as a lesbian – or is she in fact straight? Touching, funny and mind-opening stuff.
Tickets from £16-£56
TOUR | Saucy Soho Tours
📅 Sunday 25 June 2017 – Saturday 08 July 2017, 10:30am – 8:30pm
These informative and cheeky rambles around London’s seediest district promise to introduce you to some of the most fascinating, controversial and outrageous LGBTQ characters from throughout history. Explore the lives, loves and eccentricities of the people who have called the area home and, as the tour guides say, ‘put the “ho” in Soho!’ The tour culminates in an infamous Soho bar to toast the LGBTQ legends of past and present.
Tickets from £12
EXHIBITION |Desire, Love and Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories
📅 Until 15 October 2017
In a way that only the British Museum could, this display offers glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world, covering ancient civilisations right up to the present day. It aims to present stories that have often been overlooked or underrepresented; from prominent figures of the classical world like the Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous to modern-day drag queens in Japan, same-sex desire, love and gender diversity have been expressed in a huge range of ways across cultures through the years. The Museum has a great and longstanding relationship with LGBTQ organisations, and the expertise and experience of these individuals within these groups has helped to inspire and shape the content of the collection.
NIGHTLIFE | Soho Bars and Clubs
Celebrating LGBTQ Pride can be thirsty work. So why not explore London’s best gay bars to wet your whistle and let your hair down? Soho is the heart of the LGBTQ community so is the best place to start to find a nightspot with a bit of character. The Admiral Duncan, Bar Soho, Circa and Comptons are all sure to be buzzing around Pride, with drag nights, themed dress-up occasions and parties through the night. It would be rude not to.