London Pride is happening in London right now and throughout the summer! And where better to celebrate than LGBTQ+ culture than London? From its first Gay Pride Rally in July 1972 to the current daily nightlife of Old Compton Street, the city is exploding with a wealth of cultural events, historical significance, and places to party! So why not take advantage of London’s love for all things LGBT and join in with the celebrations? Here’s LGBTQ Soc’s run-down of the best events to check out.
Pride in London Parade, Sat. 6th July is the big one! 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, this year’s Pride will be the ultimate celebration of LGBT rights and self-expression. Night clubs, parties, pop-ups, costumes, and of course the iconic Pride Parade! Check out https://prideinlondon.org/parade for routes, events, and top tips for the best experience possible.
Hidden Art Histories, Wed. 3rd July—We had to fit Bedford Square Festival in! Hidden Art Histories, hosted by Sotheby’s Institute of Art, considers cultural representation, including that of gender and queer narratives. Learn more about cultural expressions right on the College’s doorstep.
LGBTQ History Club, Wed. 3rd July— Explore queer histories with the London Metropolitan Archives. Meetings are monthly, and promise a display of archived artefacts.
Queer Intentions, Thurs 18th July—Another one from the Tate Modern, this panel focuses on queer identities in journalism, publication, and current events. Tickets are £5.
Queer Reading Group, Mon. 22nd July—A monthly event at Lewisham library, get into some LGBTI literature with like-minded people.
Queer Spaces, until 25th August—Whitechapel Gallery hosts an archive display of London’s LGBTQ+ history from the 1980s to present. Learn about how culture and communication have been central to accessing queer information over the past few decades.
Kiss My Genders, until 8th Sept—The Southbank Centre showcases art from dozens of non-binary and gender nonconforming artists. Student tickets are £11, and it promises to be worth every penny!
Nan Goldin at Tate Modern, until 27th Oct— Goldin is one of the most iconic figures in 20th-century queer culture, ranking with the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Experience her dynamic and emotive photography of drag queens, queer lovers, and personal devastation.