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LGBT+ History Month

Staff Picks


Keith Haring 

Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and grafitti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Much of his work includes sexual allusions that turned into social activism. He achieved this by using sexual images to advocate for safe sex and AIDS awareness.(Bio via Wikipedia)

David Hockney

David Hockney, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. (Bio via Wikipedia)

Derek Jarman (Died of AIDs 1994)

Derek was an outspoken campaigner for gay rights and became as well known for his activism as he was for his filmmaking. Diagnosed HIV positive in December 1986, he was one of the first UK public figures to speak openly about the condition.

Kathy King

The use of satirical humour, irony and sarcasm often provides a seductive vehicle to approach issues of gender and sexuality within Kathy’s work. The combination of the narrative presented on the surface, united with the intended utility of each vessel, allows a dialogue between the essence of the object and its narrative.

Robert Mapplethorpe (Died of AIDs 1994)

For an artist with ambitions for big-time success in a still-closeted art world, finding modernist aesthetics and pornography completely compatible was an unusual direction to take, and Mapplethorpe took it even further. In 1971, he adopted photography as his primary medium, a decision that coincided with his immersion in a subculture of sadomasochistic gay sex. 

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson is without a doubt one of the best Finnish artists of all time and also the most widely read Finnish author abroad. Her lifework is of immeasurable value because of the success she made as a writer, artist and cartoonist. She was a multi-talented artist who is mostly remembered as the creator of the Moomins.

Fabio DaMotta

Fabio DaMotta is an artist breathing softness into BDSM to broaden our understanding of fetishism, believing it can be both intense and poetic. Fabio is also subverting the idea that bondage is only something used for submission: it can be liberating, shedding light on the oppressed queer body.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Phyllis Christopher


Overlooked (10th February – 23rd June 2023)

Exploring stories of ancient slavery, women in industry, child labour, LGBT+ identity, neurodivergence, accessibility, and the Deaf community, the exhibition highlights the rich diversity of people in Leeds.

Queering The Burton

York Art Gallery and the York LGBT Forum have been working to queer the Burton Gallery by telling the stories and sharing the perspectives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people.

TV and Film

Heartstopper (12+)
Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.

Gentleman Jack (15)
A dramatization of the life of lesbian trailblazer, voracious learner, and cryptic diarist Anne Lister.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (15)
A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence. 

Young Royals (15)
Prince Wilhelm adjusts to life at his prestigious new boarding school, Hillerska, but following his heart proves more challenging than anticipated.




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(Dance / Electronic / Grime)

Tash Sultana 

(R&B / Soul)

Rina Sawayama

(Alternative / Indie)

L Devine


King Princess 


Musical Theatre

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy with music, lyrics, and book by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone.  First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical examination of the beliefs and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mayflies (York Theatre Royal)

They’ll figure out what they want when they find it, right? After swiping right, left, up and down across the dating apps, May and Fly match. They begin a tentative conversation.