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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

LGBT+ History Month

February marks LGBT+ History Month in the UK. A time to shine a light on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people – making more visible their history, the impact they've had on the world, and their struggles for equality in the face of discrimination and injustice.

Read on for a roundup of events marking LGBT+ History Month in Sheffield – from a lesbian-centric film season to a display of stories and artefacts from the local community, as well as a number of shows that fit in nicely with this year's nationwide theme of Poetry, Prose and Plays.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Tue. 18 February 2020

The Void, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

This story of the unconventional life of Wonder Woman creator William Marston, whose polyamorous relationship with wife and inventor Elizabeth and academic Olive was key to the creation of the creation of the character and her feminist ideals.

LGBT+ History Month at Hallam

Tue. 18 February 2020

Hallam Hall, Level 6, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB

Join Sheffield Hallam University's LGBT+ Staff Network as they host a public afternoon of activities in celebration of this year's LGBT+ History Month theme: poetry, prose and plays. With talks, crafts, and chance to buy zines, prints and more.

Barbara Hammer – For Her Pleasure

Wed. 19 February 2020


“It has been the goal of my life to put a lesbian lifestyle on the screen. Why? Because when I started I couldn’t find any!” Maverick queer cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) explores the female body, desire and pleasure in these short films.

Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ History: A Talk

Thu. 20 February 2020

Sheffield Central Library

Sandra Barker-Donnelly tells the fascinating history of Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ community with reference to key figures and pivotal events in the city’s fight for equality.

Lunchtime Talk: Proud! How to Find Yourself in History – Queering the Ancient World

Fri. 21 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Explore some of the ways we can use stories from the ancient world to think about modern LGBT+ identities, and how we can use LGBT+ identities to reflect back on the ancient world.

Desert Hearts

Mon. 24 February 2020


A soulful, electrifying romance against a breath-taking desert landscape, with an evocative jukebox soundtrack. Strait-laced professor Vivian arrives in Nevada to file for divorce, where she catches the eye of free-spirited young Cay.

The Big Fat Quiz of the Queers

Wed. 26 February 2020

Spirit of Sheffield, 24 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT

Join your hosts Anna Kissed and Max Satisfaction for a special LGBT+ History Month quiz raising money for SAYiT, Sheffield's LGBT+ youth charity.


Fri. 28 February 2020

SAYiT, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE

Join charities SAYiT and Ashiana for this documentary exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy – a formerly incarcerated Black transgender activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 29 February 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The homecoming of Sheffield Theatres' smash hit teenage drag queen musical.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Multiple dates


A moving tale of forbidden love by Céline Sciamma. In Brittany in 1760, painter Marianne is commissioned to create a portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Heloise. Part of the Showroom's LGBTQ+ History Month: Ground-Breaking Moments in Lesbian Cinema.

Proud! Telling LGBT+ Stories in Sheffield

Tue. 1 October 2019 — Fri. 31 July 2020

Weston Park Museum

A display created in collaboration with LGBT+ people living in Sheffield, exploring the city's LGBT+ history and contemporary life.