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UK ART & CULTURE FOR PRIDE MONTH 2021

https://www.futurelearn.com/info/blog/pride-month-2021

Here is a selection of arts and culture across the UK that you can visit, learn about, watch, read, reflect on and enjoy during the global Pride month of June and later at London Pride on September 11th and beyond!

Did you know that the next £50-pound note will feature Alan Turing, the WW2 codebreaker pioneer and subsequent gay hero? Pride is many things to many people; a celebration of our wonderful diversity across straight and LGBTQ+ communities. Here is a selection of arts and culture across the UK that you can visit, learn about, watch, read, reflect on and enjoy during the global Pride month of June and later at London Pride on September 11th and beyond!

Happy Pride!

 

1. Virginia Woolf Statue – soon to be in Richmond – link here

Author, feminist Virginia Woolf. Link here

A bronze life-size statue of trailblazing feminist author Virginia Woolf is currently being created by sculptor Laury Dizengremel. Woolf famously took on difficult and dismissed topics in her writing such as those of bisexuality, sexual abuse, and mental health. Currently the project is still fundraising but if the campaign is successful (currently at 70% funded), Woolf’s statue will be located in Richmond. This will be a welcome addition to London’s sculptures; the overwhelming majority being of men.

 

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2. Gay’s the Word Bookshop – link here

Author, feminist Virginia Woolf. Link here

The UK’s only (yes only) dedicated gay & lesbian bookshop is found in Gay’s the Word. Opened in 1979 in Bloomsbury and stocking extensive collections of queer literature, the shop has long comforted those coming to terms with their sexuality. With events returning to the shop, it’s a key hub in the LGBTQ+ community in London.

 

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3. Brighton and Hove AIDS Memorial – link here

Brighton’s public art. Sea in the background. Link here

Commemorating HIV/AIDS, Brighton’s 2009 AIDS Memorial is an a sombre opportunity for reflection created by sculptor Romany Mark Bruce. Focusing on the tragedy of HIV/AIDS and those that have lived and died with the disease, the two figures in the sculpture overlap forming a shadow of a red ribbon.

 

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4. It’s a Sin – link here

The cast of It’s a Sin. Link here.

Created by Russel T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk) and starring Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, It’s a Sin follows a close-knit group of friends in the 1980s as the HIV/AIDS crisis hits London. A difficult watch at times and jubilant at others, the TV drama will give you a sense of the pain endured by many young men at the hand of the terrible disease.

 

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5. Future Learn – Celebrating Pride Month 2021 – link here

Learn more about Pride Month with Future Learn. Link here.

Learn about the history and contemporary importance of Pride to the LBGTQ+ community in this article by Future Learn. The piece covers topics such as the first organised Pride event in 1972, the origins of the term ‘Pride’, Black Pride, and a history of the landmark moments for the community.

 

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6. Leilah Babirye at Stephen Friedman Gallery – link here

Babirye’s depiction of identity in Uganda. Link here.

Situated at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, Leilah Babirye’s self-titled exhibition is a multidisciplinary works in which Babirye transforms everyday items (waste even) into expressive objects such as masks, challenging notions of sexuality and global identity. Babirye fled her native Uganda in 2015, subsequently being granted asylum in New York. Her work sits in the stark context of Uganda’s president Kaguta Yoweri Museveni passing an anti-homosexuality law in 2018. 

 

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