Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month takes place across the UK every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. LSE Spectrum (@LSESpectrum), the LSE network for LGBT staff has the following events taking place later this month:
A Night at the Movies with Spectrum!
Double Bill: ‘Paris is Burning’ and ‘Talking Transgender’
Date: Wednesday 18 February
Venue: 32L.LG.18, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Drinks and snacks provided.
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America. Running time: 76min approx.
Talking Transgender introduces a group of transgender individuals who candidly share their personal stores with compassion, honesty and humour, to widen knowledge, to increase understanding and to promote an awareness of transgender issues. Running time: 26min approx.
LSE Spectrum Literary Festival lecture
A Little Gay History
Date: Monday 23 February 2015
Venue: NAB 2.04, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Richard Parkinson
Chair: Sue Donnelly
Richard Parkinson will present a ground-breaking LGBT history project by the British Museum, drawing on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri to images by modern artists such as David Hockney and films such as James Ivory’s Maurice, to discuss how and why museums should represent same-sex experiences as integral parts of world culture.
Richard Parkinson is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and was previously a curator at the British Museum. He is a specialist in Ancient Egyptian poetry of the classic period. Sue Donnelly is LSE Archivist.
All events in the Literary Festival are free to attend and open to all. E-tickets can available be booked online via LSE E Shop.