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February marks LGBTQ+ History Month, an annual observation of queer history, including the gay rights and related civil rights movements. In the UK, this yearly reclaiming of history has been recognised since 2005, following the repeal of Section 28 in British law. Section 28 was a series of laws which banned authorities and organisations from ‘promoting homosexuality’, initiated in 1988.

Join us in honouring LGBTQ+ history, acknowledging the present, and creating a better future for the queer community this February. We have curated a list of events across Manchester to attend in recognition of the momentous month. Check them out below.

Out in the World – An Irish Diaspora Exhibition 

Open Everyday in February

Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester

Across the generations, Irish LGBTQ+ people have emigrated and found opportunities to live and love abroad. EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, in partnership with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, are proud to play a role in illuminating this hidden history of Irish emigration. This free exhibition, highlights 12 stories from the vast, yet largely untold, history of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ diaspora. Drop in anytime within the library’s opening hours – entry is completely free.

Queer Hope & Joy

21st February – 11AM-6PM 

Contact Theatre, Oxford Rd, Manchester

A collage of eight portraits of LGBTQ+ guests.

Are you an LGBTQ+ artist, creative, company, community group, producer, programmer, venue or festival? Join the LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, and LGBTQ+ creatives from across the UK for a day of discussion, provocation and inspiration. Through the likes of panels, presentations, performances and workshops, explore issues affecting LGBTQ+ communities. Lunch will also be provided so book your ticket now!

LGBTQ+ History Month Walking Tour of Manchester

22nd February – 5.30-9PM

Meeting Point: Vimto Sculpture, Vimto Park, Manchester

A birds eye view of Manchester's Arndale centre and Northern quarter area, with a rainbow filter over the top of it.

Take a journey through various sites of historical significance to Manchester’s queer community with an expert tour guide. Lasting approximately 90 minutes, the walk will conclude at Kampus, just opposite the renowned Canal Street, to complete the evening with refreshments and networking. 

Snoggy Acid

23rd February – 8PM-5AM

Partisan Club, Islington Mill, James Street, Manchester

Snoggy Acid promotional poster. The background is baby pink with an illustrative design of three individuals in different attire on it resembling a sleepover scene. The dates and activities of the event are on the poster in black text over yellow stars. The main title is in black wavy text, with florescent green spots.

Brace yourself for this collaboration of Manchester’s greatest queer club nights and cabaret. Snogtown and Fatty Acid present Snoggy Acid, a night of unmissable entertainment, queer speed dating, and DJs.

LGBTQ+ Archive Exploration

24th February – 11AM-12.45PM 

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester

Two archived posters from the People's History Museum. The one on the left in regarding a train to London to give individuals access to London to join a demonstration appealing Section 28. The text is all in bold, Sans text, and varies from red, blue and pink in colour. It featured an illustrated image of the front of a train with a London Transport logo on it.

On the right is the front cover of a Northwest Lesbian and Gay Equality campaign programme. Each letter on the poster is in a different font for decorative purposes. It features an illustration of two people holding a logo resembling the London Transport logo in pink and blue stating 'Never Going Underground'.

​​Talk to the PHM’s expert Archive Team about how their LGBTQ+ collection continues to grow everyday. Explore archives including Lesbians and Gays Supporting Miners, papers of Michael Steed, former chairman of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, and more. This is the perfect opportunity to understand how the collection is still used by communities, researchers, and individuals to explore the social and political stories of the past.

LGBTQ History Month Question Time

26th February – 6.30PM-8.15PM 

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester

Manchester City Council are hosting a question time event to mark this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month. Hear from a diverse panel of speakers representing the local government, public health, voluntary sector and the creative arts. You will also have your opportunity to ask them questions. If you would like to submit a question in advance for the panel, please include this on the sign up form above. 

LGBTQ+ Film Screening: Remembering the Day Manchester Said NO to Section 28

28th February – 12PM-1PM 

SODA, 14 Higher Chatham Street, Manchester

A black and white archive image of a range of individuals at the Section 28 protest in Manchester. Individuals are holding large banners stating 'Never Going Underground' - the slogan for the campaign.

Manchester Metropolitan University is holding a special screening of an exclusive film which recorded the events of the 20th February, 1988. On this day, over 20,000 people took to the streets of Manchester to reject Margaret Thatcher’s Section 28. Taking place in the ground floor cinema of SODA, this event gives people the opportunity to not only see the footage, but to also discuss its relevance today. You will be joined by Paul Fairweather MBE. Paul is a former Manchester councillor, long-time LGBTQ+ rights activist, and one of the organisers of the 1988 protest.

Under Your Nose Film Screening 

28th February – 6-9PM

Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester

An archive image in colour of a person at a gay rights protest. The individual is wearing a white t-shirt with an illustrative yellow design on it, and black sunglasses. They are holding a large peach banner and many individuals are around them following the protest.

Head along to this documentary screening of ‘Under Your Nose‘. This documentary, depicts the story of the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre which was formed in 1985 South London. The documentary’s director and producer Veronica McKenzie will join the screening for a post-viewing Q&A session.

Send us your Manchester LGBTQ+ History Month events on Instagram and we will add them to our list.

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