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LGBT History Month UK  
creators of the initiative
every February since 2005 

Who We Are

Schools OUT UK is the founding charity of LGBT History  Month, an initiative which is:

Claiming our past.
Celebrating our present.
Creating our future.

Please continue to give us your support. Don't forget you can buy this year's badge (opposite) from our online

In This Issue

  • LGBTHM18 Preview part 2
  • Outing The Past Preview part 2
  • Her Not Him - a new play

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Meet The Hubs:
4 The Senedd, Cardiff (Pride Cymru) 10th February
Pride Cymru has been organising events for History Month for the past three years but they were not linked in to what was happening in the rest of the UK. One of us gave an oral history presentation at a couple of hubs last year and it became clear that both we and Schools Out would like to collaborate more. There’s a lot of Welsh LGBT+ history out there, as our Icons & Allies exhibition showed – but we got a lot of reactions of either ‘I never knew they were L/G/B/T’ or ‘I knew they were gay but I never knew they were Welsh!’"
5 The British Museum, London
11th February
This year we are excited to continue delving into LGBTQ histories by taking part in OUTing the Past National Festival. We invite you to join our curators in exploring the collections they curate. On Thursday the 22nd of February, the talks will be held in the Stevenson Lecture theatre in the Clore Education Centre at the Museum (3-5pm).
6 London School Of Economics
15th February

LSE Library’s extensive LGBT collection is called the Hall-Carpenter Archives in honour of Radclyffe Hall and Edward Carpenter. It contains primary source material mainly relating to gay and lesbian rights and is particularly strong for campaigning from the late 1950s to the 1990s. The Hall-Carpenter Archives charts the LGBT story from the key figures and organisations involved in the campaign to bring about the Sexual Offences Act 1967, to the emergence of gay liberation in the 1970s, followed by the backlash of the 1980s to the quest for equality in the 1990s, and much more.

Following the success of our Glad to be Gay exhibition in 2017, we are looking forward to being a Festival Hub in the 4th National Festival of LGBT History and to be working with LGBT History Month / Schools Out. We hope to renew old acquaintances and to make new ones as we celebrate LGBT history through stimulating presentations in February 2018.

7 Ulster Museum, Belfast (Cara-Friend) 16th & 17th February
The Ulster Museum is located in the Botanic Gardens, Belfast. The Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland and is a component of the National Museums of Northern Ireland. It has around 8,000 square meters of public display space, featuring materials from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology and geology.
8 Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford
17th February
We offer a warm welcome to OUTing the Past Festival goers as a new hub venue this year and look forward to you joining us for a voyage of discovery through the rich diversity of speakers and discussions at The Higgins Bedford on the theme of Geography: Mapping the World.
9 Chingford Assembly Hall, London 24th February
Waltham Forest Council aims to be the lead outer London borough for arts and culture, known for an ambitious and integrated arts and culture offer, which involves local residents, attracts visitors from across the capital, and makes an exceptional contribution to London’s vibrant arts and cultural scene.
10 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
24th February
“Our recent work has had a very specific focus on exploring queer histories: understanding, learning from, and expanding our archives. In 2017 we presented the Birmingham LGBT History Festival a five-day film festival exploring representations of LGBT people at venues across Birmingham which was an overwhelming success. Building from this success we felt that joining The National LGBT History Festival was the perfect way to develop our history month programme for 2018 and beyond and to become part of a much wider dialogue around LGBT History. We’re really excited to bring new voices and perspectives to Birmingham.”
10 Bishopsgate Institute, London
28th February
Bishopsgate Institute is thrilled to be involved with this year’s LGBT History Month Festival. Since 2011, we have been actively committed to documenting the history of the LGBTQ community in the UK and to providing an open and accessible space for this heritage to be explored. We now hold one of the most significant collections of LGBTQ and alternative sexuality history in the UK. This includes the Lesbian and Gay News Media Archive (LAGNA), a collection of over 300,000 press cuttings from the straight press on queer history, and the archives of Stonewall, Switchboard, LGBT History Month/Schools Out and many others. We’re excited to be working with LGBT History Month and Schools Out, with whom we share a commitment to make visible and celebrate LGBTQ history and who have such a long and successful track record in making this happen.
Bea, an older woman, comes out late in life. She nabs herself a young lover, Ellie, who has aspirations of settling down and putting them both on a path to domestic bliss. Then Bea meets Jemima, who catches her eye and steels her away from Ellie. It all falls apart when Bea finally meets James, the boy beneath Jemima’s make-up, wigs and glamour, who doesn’t excite her quite as much. 

Long-listed for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize, HER NOT HIM is a comedy drama exploring the things that keep us going in life, and the very human missteps we make when it comes to sexuality and sexual politic.

Lughnacy Productions is a new female-led theatre company of multi-disciplined artists, set up in 2017 to perform works with a female and LGBTQ focus. JOANNE FITZGERALD is a playwright and project manager from Dublin, who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She co-wrote and performed the devised play Living Between Lies at the Stockholm Fringe, Brighton Fringe and the King’s Head Theatre, London in 2015. Her short plays have also been performed at Brave New Word (SLAM, Kings Cross). Her Not Him is Joanne’s first full-length play and was long-listed for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize.

AMY LAWRENCE will be joining Lughnacy Productions to direct HER NOT HIM. She trained at CPA Studios.

Theatre503 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BW 
(Above The Latchmere)

30 JAN - 03 FEB I 7.30pm AND 3pm SAT MATINEE

Getting there:
Sloane Square then bus 319, South Kensington then bus 49
or 345, Vauxhall then bus 344, Clapham Junction (10 mins walk)
or bus 49, 319, 344, 345 (5 mins), 44, 49, 319, 344, 345

Geography: Mapping Our World

What will


be doing to celebrate?

Welcome to the second half of our first new style bulletin - New Year, new name, new mint-green frock. We hope you like it.

Here's a couple of listed events we've selected from the History Month Calendar. There are plenty more; many of them will be free. Don't see anything you like? Then start your own event! Then advertise it with us for FREE!
Come and celebrate LGBTHM by coming to see some of the best and most cutting-edge queer animation from all over the world. With films from Israel to New York to Egypt these stories will inspire and entertain you! All Welcome. No booking necessary.

Art Queries

Queering an artwork involves sharing and creating new interpretations revealing LGBTQ+ stories and exploring gender, the body, identity and power.

Jude Woods will facilitate the workshop then using the groups contributions create some alternative labels which will be on display from 27 February.

Everyone is welcome: The workshop is for anyone who is interested in queer culture and the visual arts, previous knowledge of art is not needed but the enjoyment of looking and talking about art is essential (no booking required).


What does it mean to be a man or a woman? Is gender innate or is it nurtured?

Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what differences there are in how he is treated by society – what he gains and what he loses by becoming a man.

However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms – the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing?

To find these and other events

near you in February 2018 

and beyond
- or to advertise your own -

take a look at our

Event Calendar!
 You can support LGBT History Month by
organising events, quizzes, exhibitions, recording histories, contributing to events; asking to be put in our OUTing the Past gazette, promoting our events; keeping an eye on our website, resources and calendar; attending events; buying our badges and books and other materials in our shop and anything else you can think of!
for more information contact

Faces of
2019 - 2023 

nominate your heroes and your icons!

We have now finalised the theme for 2019 and the next four Februarys:
2019: History II
peace, reconciliation & activism

2020: English
poetry, prose and plays

2021: PSHE II  
mind, body, spirit

2022: Art & Politics  
the arc is long

2023: Art II  
behind the lens

For each year we would like you, our supporters, to nominate the L,G,B and T Faces who will represent queer contributions to the various chosen art forms and topics. Our only specification is that your nominee is now dead. We are particularly keen to expand the list of BAME LGBT contributors to the UK. If possible, please also let us know the source of your evidence - hearsay and rumour are not enough.

So if you have a name who you believe has been forgotten, straightened or even deliberately misrepresented by history in one or more of the above subjects, let us know:

Contact Andrew Dobbin, Promotions Officer for Schools OUT UK here

or send a message to



Schools OUT UK is an ambitious organisastion. 
We need your help. 

For years, decades in fact, Schools OUT UK, and before that The Gay Teachers' Group has survived - and thrived - as a purely voluntary organisation, with a small income based mainly around the sale of our annual History Month badge. None of the committee receives any income for the work they do.

We have done so much and we want to do so much more. A one-off donation of £20 (less than £2 a month) would help us. A regular donation would be amazing.

Imagine more lessons posted on The Classroom, LGBT HM in every school in the UK, a Festival Hub in every county or major town in Britain, a National Museum of LGBT Heritage. 

With your continued support, those dreams can become reality.

You can either copy and fill in the above donation form and post it to us, together with a cheque to BM Schools OUT London WC1N 3XX or go here to set up a  regular donation online.
Our pioneering Classroom resource site gets bigger and better! With primary and secondary lesson plans, the site is bursting with new practical ideas and resources.
You can find the Classroom here 
or go to our website 
and scroll down the left-hand side till you reach Classroom Resources.


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