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About Time

This sixty second film shows how the isolation and distance that everyone has experienced during pandemic lockdowns has long been an everyday reality for LGBTI+ people all over the world.

Even in Denmark, which ranks sixth on the Rainbow Europe index of LGBTI+ equality across the continent, many LGBTI+ people are excluded at high school, in the workplace, and even in the home which sometimes leads to mental illness and poor quality of life.

Forum Member Meeting

19 August 2021 at 6.30 p.m.

Ku Bar

Our next meeting for members will be a 'real one' in the Ku Lounge at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA.

The meeting will commence in the Ku Lounge for a brief update on forthcoming events and the progress of the Forum.

This will be followed by an informal get together in the Ku Bar down below.

Numbers are limited for the first part of the meeting in Ku Lounge so if you wish to attend, please register by emailing friends@westminsterlgbtforum.org

Membership is free so the Forum relies solely on donations to pay for costs. Why not become a Regular Donor to show your support.

If you are not already a member then Sign Up Now

Silver Pride

30 July & 1 August 2021

Silver Pride

Now in its second year, Silver Pride is a unique online festival designed to connect with and celebrate older LGBT+ people.

Silver Pride includes panel discussions, a cookalong and a singalong. Author Matthew Todd and novelist Matt Cain will discuss their work, and writers Paul Flynn and Jeremy Atherton-Lin discuss the pivotal place of the pub in the gay experience.

Tickets are free but you need to Register.

Forest Gayte Pride

13 to 15 August 2019

Forest Gayte Pride

Forest Gayte Pride is a grassroots community project based in The East London neighbourhood of Newham.

Since its inception in 2017, Forest Gayte Pride has grown from a single market stall and a queer night in a local pub to an organised community interest company.

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PC Music Series

22 July to 9 September 2021

British Land

British Land has launched a new season of live music in the amphitheatre. 

The PC Music Series celebrates music from all over the world and runs each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

See the full line-up

Music in St Martin’s Courtyard

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Music St Martins

St Martin’s Courtyard is offering a programme of free live music performances with a new selection of artists four days a week.

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Kings Place

Kings place

A dazzling line-up for the new season, from Aurora Orchestra with pianist Javier Perianes, a mesmerising choral sequence from The Gesualdo Six, a Celebrity Gala with pianist Lucy Parham, seasonal celebrations from Awake Arise, and more. Plus, new dates for Nu Civilisation Orchestra and caroline.

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Well-Behaved Women

3 September 2021

Well Behaved Women

Inspired by the emergence of the #metoo movement, Well-Behaved Women is a wonderful ode to the fierce famous females from history.

These stories of courage, strength and resilience are memorialised through a range of musical styles from rock and jazz to country.

One night only at the Cadogan Hall, Off-West End. Book your tickets

Cristea Roberts Gallery

Until 11 September 2021 (closed during August)

Cristea Roberts Gallery

Cristea Roberts Gallery has its first solo exhibition with Dame Paula Rego RA, one of the most important figurative artists of her generation, who places women’s lives and stories at the centre of her work.

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Everyday Kings and Queens

Kings & Queens

This summer, the South Westminster BIDs are showcasing our ‘Everyday Kings and Queens’, to celebrate local heroes who went above and beyond during the pandemic through their acts of kindness.

There will be outdoor installations including a playing card bench at Nova and a walkway tunnel at Victoria Embankment Gardens, along with imagery and garden games to enjoy across the areas.

The Art of Skateboarding

Art Skateboarding

Through the work of leading photographers, designers and filmmakers, No Comply celebrates the country’s vibrant and diverse skateboarding scene, documenting the transformative influence the subculture has played in shaping people, cities and culture in the UK, and beyond.

Read More and watch other online films from Somerset House.

Queer Season

27 July to 21 August 2021

Quuer season

Established in 2015, the Queer Season is a celebration of the most interesting and innovative LGBTQIA+ theatre being created in the UK.

See What's On

Greenwich Docklands International Festival

27 August to 11 September 2021

Greenwich Docklands

GDIF 2021 is putting outdoor arts centre-stage as never before, marking their emergence from the pandemic with productions that celebrate reconnection with the natural world, and telling compelling stories.

See What's On

Visit British Library Free

British Library

Tuesdays are now free for everyone to visit Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights.

From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, this new exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights.

Jack Straw's Castle, Hampstead (1935)

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As Burgh House celebrates and shows support for the LGBTQ+ community, they look back on the LGBTQ+ artists who have graced their collections with their artworks. 

Their ‘Object of the Month’ is Duncan Grant’s Jack Straw’s Castle, Hampstead (1935).

Grant was a British painter and member of the Bloomsbury group, alongside other members including Virginia Woolf, E M Forster, and John Maynard Keynes.

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Follow The Carnaby Rainbow

Carnaby Rainbow

Their latest installation encapsulates the joy, happiness and love they want to spread in Carnaby. 

Find out what other Rainbows have popped up in Carnaby from your favourite brands. Read More

Hating Peter Tatchell

Hating Peter Tatchell

Hating Peter Tatchell is a feature documentary on Netflix about the profound life story of the controversial human rights campaigner whose provocative acts of civil disobedience rocked the establishment, revolutionised attitudes to homosexuality and exposed tyrants in the fight for equality.

The film shows how his 54 years of activism began. It also highlights the vital role of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Read More and Watch the Trailer

LGBTQIA+ Attacks

LGBT attacks

In the past few weeks, there has been an increase in LGBTQIA+ attacks across the country, especially whilst going home after a night out. 

As a community we have been fighting for basic human rights for decades yet aggressive acts of hate continue to happen.

These attacks are leaving people severely injured and mentally scarred but we have not seen any action by the government to put special funding in place to protect the LGBTQIA+ community in nightlife areas.

4 in 5 anti-LGBTQIA+ hate crimes and incidents go unreported, with younger LGBTQIA+ people particularly reluctant to find protection. 2 in 5 trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last twelve months.

Please support this Petition to the British government and the Mayor of London to provide more funding to protect the LGBTQIA+ nightlife areas across the country.

Britten Pears Arts

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Britten Pears Arts is a pioneering music, arts and heritage charity based on the Suffolk coast at two popular, historic visitor destinations: The Red House and Snape Maltings.

They emerged from the creative partnership of Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, and his professional and personal partner, singer Peter Pears.

Read More about their re-opening.

Chinatown in Full Bloom

Chinatown full bloom

Visit Chinatown in full bloom this summer and enjoy the floating Botanical Garden which has arrived to Gerrard Street. 

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden

The Market Building is alive again with the sound of music and amazing street performers have returned. Go along and enjoy the show.

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The Glory Reawakens

Glory

The doors of their house of fun and fabulosity are open once again.

See the Events on offer.

Unmissable Ballet

Ummissable ballet

Nothing beats the thrill of live dance. Experience world-class productions in the world's No.1 venue dedicated to the very best of Ballet. 

See What's On

Margate Pride 2021

14 August  2021

Margate pride

Margate Pride celebrates the whole spectrum of queerness and otherness.

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Colours

Wednesdays to Saturdays

Colours

Colours have reopened their doors and are buzzing to see all your naughty faces again.

See the Full Listings

National Theatre Together

National Theatre

National Theatre have announced over twenty new productions and projects alongside National Theatre Together.

This ambitious new campaign celebrates the people at the heart of the work they make.

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Pride Finder

Pride Finder

LGBTQ celebrations are still going on all over the world. GayCities offer a year-round resource for unlocking the best events with Pride Finder, presented by Nissan.

From film festivals to pool parties, drive-ins to Chicago's Market Days, use Pride Finder to discover upcoming events near you!

Copenhagen 2021

12 to 21 August 2021

Copenhagen 2021

Digital events will enable more people to participate in Copenhagen 2021 events and reaching people who cannot travel to Denmark and Sweden.

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Support your LGBT Venues

LGBT venue

LGBT venues need your support once Covid-19 restrictions allow.

Read How

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Voices in Art

LGBT voices in art

Art UK is highlighting artists, sitters and themes that showcase LGBTQ+ narratives.

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Image: The Spectators, 1949, oil on canvas by Robert Colquhoun (1914–1962). © the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College / Bridgeman Images

Exclusive Collections from BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

A wide range of films and programmes to watch. 

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World Pride

August 2021

World Pride

Digital plans will enable many more people to participate in Copenhagen 2021 events and  reach people who cannot travel to Denmark and Sweden.

See the Full Programme

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The Pleasure Garden

15 September to  17 October 2021

Above the Stag

For two centuries, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens drew enormous crowds for its circus acts, balloon rides, orchestral concerts and spectacular fireworks.

For those in the know, however, the darker paths, wooded corners and intimate arbours were used for more illicit and illegal entertainments.

A wildly funny and deeply moving new musical is taking place at Above the Stag just yards from the old Pleasure Gardens themselves. Book your tickets now

Early Opera Company

19 September 2021 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Early Opera Company

Early Opera Company return to St John’s Smith Square this September with their brilliant concert performance of Purcell’s three-act baroque opera Dido and Aeneas.

Book Now

Summer Exhibition 2021

22 September 2021 to 2 January 2022

RA Summer exhibition

In partnership with Art of London, the Royal Academy is turning Piccadilly into a free outdoor exhibition space.

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Bloomsbury Festival

15 to 24 October 2021

Bloomsbury Festival

The programme places the stories of the people, places and cultures of Bloomsbury at its heart. 

It takes the creative talent of local established institutions and adds emerging talent with new themes and threads, shining light on the tradition of freethinking and celebrating the 'rebels' within Bloomsbury. See What's On

National Theatre at Home

Join the growing global community to enjoy new plays every month. Read More


Transmissions Season 3

March to September 2021

Transmissions

Transmissions is returning to Somerset House for a third season.

It is an online platform commissioning artists and bringing people together to share their work within a DIY TV show format.

Explore What's On 

The Soho Girl – My Soho Times

Every Thursday at 12.30 p.m. on Instagram

Soho Girl

They are back again with another season of the Editor’s Note IG Live!

Join their editor-in-chief, The Soho Girl, as she unwraps the latest press samples she’s received.

Pride in London 2021

11 September 2021

Prode London 2021

The organisers of Pride in London are delighted to announce that the event will take place on the weekend of the 11 September 2021.

Now the Government has announced the roadmap, the organisers are working closely with the Mayor's office, Westminster City Council and other key bodies in London to finalise what the plans will look like.

They will be announcing further details of the event in due course, including what format it will take and how to participate or volunteer. Read More

New Restaurants in Soho

Restaurants Soho

If you’re going out to Soho then you’ve almost definitely got favourites.

But sometimes, you need a change and Soho has always got something new to try.

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One Day in Heaven

Bak stage with girls

Listen to a poem by LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson and Co-Chair of Westminster LGBT Forum to inspire our minds.

Image: Trudy backstage at Trafalgar during London Pride 2019.

A Life Spent in the Company of Art

Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 6.30 p.m.

Bigger Splash

In 2012 Chris Barlow and his partner founded Outings in Art offering a free monthly programme of events bringing members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community together.

A Life Spent in the Company of Art takes a brief look at the many enjoyable and interesting years that Chris spent in the world of art and design.

Those on our Mailing List will receive an invitation to this virtual meeting nearer the date. If you are not already a Friend then Join Now.

If you plan to attend this meeting, it would be helpful if you could email friends@westminsterlgbtforum.org using the subject 'Life Spent in Company of Art' and provide your name, so we have an idea of how many are attending this virtual meeting.

Other Amazing Events

See Outsavvy for a range of amazing events.

See Me: A Walk-Through London's Gay (Un)Seen (2020)

This film was made by Dr Lee Campbell (Poet/Artist/Researcher and Lecturer) during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in London in July 2020.

It was made using digital transfer versions of c90 tape compilations that he made between 1992 and 1995, juxtaposed with moving image footage of him in 2018 and 2020.

The film includes sections of a walk that he made through London’s Soho in the Summer of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Soho Village Fete 2021

5 September 2021 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

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Run by The Soho Society

Amongst the stalls will be Westminster LGBT Forum with a variety of items to sell and activities plus a waiters' race and a tug of war.

It will take place at Saint Anne’s Church Courtyard, Wardour Street, London W1. 

Celebrating Queer Soho

16 & 17 October 2021 from 7.30 pm to 1 a.m.

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This event, apart from being an evening of sophisticated 'camperie' , has three purposes:

  1. To Celebrate the LGBT+ Community for whom Soho has always been home. A place where we feel accepted, where we can relax and be our (many) selves.
    Ours is a community that can feel isolated and misunderstood. This event gives us opportunity to showcase and enjoy the creativity that our diversity engenders at a venue that welcomes and supports the homeless and guides the disenfranchised.
  2. To raise funds to support the excellent work that the House of Barnabas does for those who have slipped through the cracks of Society. Also, to introduce the Club to potential new members.
  3. To raise the artistic and cultural profile of Westminster LGBT Forum and develop an ongoing supportive and mutual relationship with the House of Barnabas Club and its members.

More details will be published later, so watch this space!

Westminster LGBT Forum Open Meetings

The next meeting for member is on 19 August 2021 at 6.30 p.m. and is a 'real' meeting at the Ku Bar in Soho. See Forum Member Meeting

This virtual meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams.

An invitation to these meetings will be sent to all Friends and Supporters on our mailing list nearer the date.

If you know of anyone who would like to join the Forum, please ask them to become a Friend.

It is Free to join, so please spread the word.

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