February marks the return of LGBT+ History Month, the annual celebration dedicated to highlighting the history of gay rights and related civil rights movement within the LGBT+ community. Throughout the month, Manchester is hosting a wide variety of events dedicated to the celebration – from films to curated archives. Make sure you immerse yourself in the history and get involved with the local community. Here’s some to look out for…

Invisible Women: The Story of Two LGBTQ Revolutionaries | Working Class Movement Library | Sat 1 Feb | 2pm - 4pm | Free

The stories of Luchia Fitzgerald – co-founder of the Manchester branch of Gay Liberation Front – and Angela Cooper – rock band instigator, founder of a radical queer printing press and the person responsible for opening the city’s first women’s refuge are told in this documentary screened at the Working Class Movement Library.

All About Eve | Cultureplex | Fri 7 Feb | 8pm | From £5

The classic Bette Davis film All About Eve is being screened at Cultureplex’s Mini Cini by Make A Scene Film Club who have made a name for themselves among the local community as a big queer film party. The film is being shown ahead of the 92nd Academy Award ceremony, so grab a cocktail, sit back and enjoy!

Cultureplex, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 713 3130
Queering the Archive | Manchester Central Library | Thu 13 Feb | Noon - 1pm | Free

The LGBT Foundation Archive team has curated a special collection of memories and documents exploring the history of LGBTQ communities, held by volunteers who manage the foundation. 

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
LGBTQ Mixtape | Manchester Central Library | Wed 19 Feb | 6pm - 7.45pm | Free

An immersive and intimate experience named Unlocking Our Sound Heritage takes place at Manchester Central Library on Wednesday 19 February. Using curated archive audio and projections, this free drop-in event presents a piece of history during which Manchester’s LGBTQ community took to the streets and dance floors in response to the AIDS crisis.

Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
The Annual Quiz | On Bar | Thu 27 Feb | 5.30pm - 10pm | Free

Head down to The Bar on Canal Street with a team (up to 6) or on your own to take part in their annual quiz. With free snacks and everyone’s favourite host Barry, be prepared for an evening of off the wall questions and banter.

On Bar, 46 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3WD, Tel: 0161 207 2107
Sat 1 Feb - Sat 29 Feb
Catrin Donnelly
Published on:
Fri 31 Jan 2020