Camden and Islington join forces for gay extravaganza

Camden and Islington have joined forces to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month 2011.

The Camden LGBT Forum has organised a four-week-long multi-media extravaganza in both boroughs featuring literary, musical and educational events that champion equality.

Lou Hart, director of Camden LGBT Forum, said: “We are very proud of this programme and the partnership working with both Islington and Camden councils.

“It is vital that LGBT people get a chance to connect with their own culture and history and this programme certainly helps that happen!”

Opening on Tuesday with an exhibition of LGBT artists, the month-long celebrations promise to have something for everyone, and are open to the LGBT community and their friends.

Other events include the En Travesti baroque ensemble production of Love Songs: Sacred and Profane, at the British Library, in Euston Road, Euston, and a screening of Priest on Trial – a film examining the vicious campaign against an openly gay priest.

Councillor Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: “LGBT History Month is an event that’s grown hugely in stature and awareness and we are proud to have played our part in that, supporting the event over the years.

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“With so many activities for residents on both sides of the border to enjoy, it made sense for both councils to fund Camden LGBT Forum’s rich programme of events.

“I want to extend a warm welcome to everyone - whatever their sexual orientation - to join us to celebrate LGBT History Month 2011 in Camden and Islington.”

LGBT History Month is now in its sixth year in the UK.