Celebrate LGBT History Month at Leeds City Museum with our FREE programme of films, stalls, activities and talks on Saturday 18th February 11am til 3pm. All are welcome to come along and get involved! 

A selection of films on LGBT History from our past festivals will be screened and we’ll be having a panel discussion on local LGBT history. 

There’ll be stalls of various local LGBT community groups so that you can find out about the great long-running and more recent LGBT support groups, campaigning groups and social groups in our city. This will be a great opportunity to find out about the work they do, how to get involved, support them, or how to get access to services you need.








We’ll also have various activities and workshops so you can tell your own story or just have some fun! They’ll all be on a drop-in basis throughout the day. Workshops will include: 

We’ll also be releasing the Leeds Queer Film Festival programme for our 2017 festival (24-26 March) and selling advance weekend passes.

Access information for the venue is available here:


We're excited to be screening Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson, an audience favourite from past festivals, as our feature film at this event! Following this will be a collection of shorts.


FREE entry, no tickets required







Pay It No Mind (55 mins) [no subtitles]
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. "Pay It" captures the legendary gay/ human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the '70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/ performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha's story lives on.
(content warning: discussion of transphobic violence and homophobic violence)

12:25-12:35 BREAK


All Out! Dancing in Dulais (23 mins) [no subtitles]
The South Wales miners' strike of 1984-1985 saw the formation of a curious alliance between a plucky group of young homosexuals from London and miners in Dulais Valley. In Dancing in Dulais, an initial wariness on the part of the young gays, the miners, and the miners' families gives way, through sometimes delicate interactions, to a loving and purposeful solidarity. The unembellished videography captures well this fascinating-to-witness union of two disparate yet ultimately kindred groups.

Not Guilty (4 mins) [subtitled]
Gay and guilty? In 1961, Heinz stroked another man’s knee. As a result, he was convicted to two years on probation and three weekends in juvenile detention, a conviction that still stands to this day. But he is gay and #NotGuilty. More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code because of their homosexuality. It’s high time they were exonerated.

Putting on the Dish (7 mins) [no subtitles]
London, 1962. Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench about life, love, sex and the hostile world they find themselves in as gay men. The topics might be commonplace, but the language isn't, because the two men are speaking in Polari - a mostly extinct form of gay slang used in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. Shedding light on a little-known and fascinating slice of gay history, this film is a moving and darkly comic exploration of oppression, resilience and gay subculture in 1960s England.

Stop the Clause Demos 1987/88 (6 mins) [no subtitles]
Back in 1987 the inclusion of Clause 28 in a local government bill brought thousands on to the streets of Leeds, Manchester and London. A Gay Switchboard volunteer who worked for YTV at the time put together this video of the marches.

Sylvia Rivera: Y’All Better Quiet Down (4 mins) [subtitled]

Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries) and one of the trans women who started the Stonewall Riots, faces boos and curses as she takes the stage at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day rally, and condemns the gay liberation movement for leaving behind the gay, queer, and trans people in jail, as well as those facing violence, racism, unemployment, and homelessness.
(content warning: discussion of transphobic violence, sexual violence and physical violence)

We Are Queer (30 mins) [no subtitles]
"We are queer" interrogates the process of queer artists in San Francisco. Being a pejorative adjective in USA before the 1990s, the term Queer was reappropriated and resignified in a fight of emancipation. Today, Queer appears not only as a philosophical concept, but also as a self-designation policy. Through the portrayal of the ones who fight against the hegemonic gender rules, the documentary explores the link between their artistic creation and identity claim.
(content warning: discussion of homophobic violence)

Loads of LGBTQ groups and services are hosting stalls in the main Brodrick Hall. Pop in and say 'Hiya'!