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Fly Your Rainbow Flags this February
In the UK February is LGBT History Month. February was chosen, as opposed to October when it's celebrated in the United States, because it coincides with the abolishment of Section 28 - a law that forbade the promotion of homosexuality or publishing of anything that was seen to promote homosexuality. Across Hampshire there will be celebrations for both Hampshire Pride and LGBT History Month including film screenings, lectures, and a call to fly your rainbow flags.

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Hampshire Pride

The main Hampshire Pride celebrations will be held on Saturday 24th of Feb. Things kick off with an assembly at the Winchester School of Art at 1pm, followed by a parade through Winchester at 2pm. There will be a indoor street festival with entertainment and market stalls at EII Court from 3pm and a evening party at the University of Winchester Student Union from 7:30pm.

Fly Your Rainbow Flags

From the 19th till the 24th of February businesses and households across Hampshire are being called upon to fly their rainbow flags. Show your support for Hampshire Pride & LGBT History Month by ordering your free flag (email and proudly displaying it. You can also share your flag on Twitter using the hashtag #PrideHantsWide.

Portsmouth Film Society LGBTQ Film Festival

The Portsmouth Film Society will be screening three films over the month that each have something to do with LGBTQ issues.

God's Own Company - February 7th
Tom of Finland - February 14th
In Between - February 21st

Tickets are £6 for over 16s and £3 for under 16s. Tickets can be purchased from the Portsmouth Film Society website.

Other Hampshire Pride & LGBT History Month Events

LGBT History Exhibition
Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, SO23 8SB Winchester, Hampshire
February 1st - February 28th
More info

This exhibition explores the experiences and perspectives of people in the LGBT community around the world. The Winchester Discovery Centre is open 9am-7pm Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sundays.

LGBT History Talk with Nikki Puckey
Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, SO23 8SB Winchester, Hampshire
February 6th, 7pm
More info

Turnabout: Policing of Gay/Bisexual Men in England and Wales 1950-2010
Petersfield Library
27 The Square, GU32 3HH Petersfield
February 7th, 7:30pm
More info

Dr Clifford Williams explores the history of the policing of gay and bisexual men in Britain, with accounts from VICE police officers and officers who identified as gay or bisexual. This talk looks at both the change of legislation and attitudes in the police force.

Zoe Lyons Live
Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, SO23 8SB Winchester, Hampshire
February 10th, 8pm
More info

Comedian Zoe Lyons has appeared on countless TV shows like Mock the Week, and draws rave reviews for her stand up tours. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased online.

Straight Young British Men: Kissing, Cuddling and Loving Each Other
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Festival Place Shopping Centre, RG21 7LS Basingstoke
February 14th, 6pm
More info

This talk from Professor Eric Anderson discusses the shift in attitudes about homosexuality and a decline in homophobia. Professor Anderson discusses the blurring of old binaries of 'straight and gay' and the way that taboos are changing.

LGBT* Film Screening
Cabinet Rooms
2 De Lunn Buildings, Jewry Street, SO23 8SA Winchester
February 14th, 7.30pm
More info

Another film festival will be held at Cabinet Rooms in Winchester. £10 will get you some popcorn, a glass of wine or beer, and a ticket for the film.

There will be another screening on February 21st and February 25th. More info here and here.

Britain in Film: LGBT Britain
Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, SO23 8SB Winchester, Hampshire
February 15, 7.30pm
More info

LGBT Britain delves into the lives of queer-identifying people in Britain throughout the 20th Century. This is a collection of short films and footage that covers both activism and day to day lives.

The film screening will also be held at the Basingstoke Discovery centre on February 17th. More info.

Being Stigmatised
Waterlooville Library
Waterlooville Library/25 The Precinct, PO7 7DT Waterlooville
February 16th, 7.30pm
More info

Tom Armstrong-Collett looks at the discrimination and stigma that many LGBT people face, despite changes in law and legislation. Tickets are £5 and bookings can be made by calling the library on 02392 252608.

Keep Calm & Carry On: A Chaplain's Tale
Farnborough Library
Pinehurst Ave, GU14 7JZ Farnborough, Hampshire
February 17th, 2pm
More info

Padre Pat Aldred's talk explores his life as an Army Chaplain and what it is like identifying as LGBT in the armed forces.

Penguins: LGBT Family Friendly Theatre
Theatre Royal Winchester
Jewry Street, SO23 8SB Winchester, Hampshire
February 19th, 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm
More info

Penguins is a family friendly play about two male penguins who decide to try and hatch a rock, but it seems that they might end up raising a chick for real. The play is based on the true story of penguins Roy and Silo at the Central Park Zoo in New York.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased online from the Theatre Royal Winchester website.

Turnabout: Policing of Gay/Bisexual Men in England and Wales 1950-2010
Gosport Discovery Centre
High Street, PO12 1BT Gosport
February 21st, 7pm
More info

Dr Clifford Williams will also be presenting his talk on the policing of gay and bisexual men at the Gosport Discovery Centre on February 21st.

Pride LGBT Symposium
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road, SO22 4NR Winchester
February 22nd, 7pm
More info

Professor Eric Anderson will be presenting his talk 'Straight British Men' and he will be joined by Ibtisam Ahmed presenting 'Challenging Section 377 in the Commonwealth of Nations: The importance of plurality and context'. Ahmed's talk will look at how Colonial British laws still prevail in many Commonwealth countries where homosexuality or same-sex intimacy is still classed as a crime.

Whether you're just interested in getting involved in the pride march, or want to explore the informative talks and presentations held throughout the month, February is packed full of activities.

For more information head to the Hampshire Pride website or get in touch with individual event organisers for more details.

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Why? Celebrate Hampshire Pride & LGBT History Month
When: Throughout February
Where: Locations around Hampshire
Cost: Prices vary (plenty of free events)
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