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Gay history and heroes dominate Islington’s LGBT month celebrations

PUBLISHED: 06:22 28 January 2015

The Dreambears rocked the house at Islington's LGBT month closing party last year

The Dreambears rocked the house at Islington's LGBT month closing party last year

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Gay history, heroes and Highbury demonstrations dominate Islington’s LGBT celebrations next month.

The programme which, along witjh neighbouring Camden in the biggest in the UK, features a variety of exhibitions, talks and theatre.

Islington Museum, in St John Street, Finsbury, will showcase LGBT history, including the UK’s first gay rights demonstration on Highbury Fields in 1970 and first gay march along Upper Street the following year.

The Hope Theatre, also on Upper Street, is set to premiere a new play based on the life of computer visionary and maths genius Alan Turing, which explores his homosexuality - something glossed-over in last year’s blockbuster film drama The Imitation Game.

And Schools will get involved in LGBT History Month when they follow the example of Arsenal FC’s Rainbow Laces campaign, pledging to challenge homophobia.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council said: “We are extremely proud of this borough’s diversity that is one of its key strengths.

“LGBT equality is not something we take for granted - it’s been hard won and even now - as events nationally and internationally have shown - homophobic bullying, intimidation and violence are on the rise.

“This year’s LGBT History Month programme is choc-full of talks, exhibitions, film and discussions, all unlocking the unique and wide-reaching contribution of our LGBT community.”


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