* Hitlist - LGBT History Month

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  • 29 January 2007


The best of LGBT History Month

The Celluloid Closet A history of homo Hollywood, as told in this 1995 film based on Vito Russo’s book. From secretly gay actors like Rock Hudson (pictured, in Pillow Talk, where he played a straight man pretending to be gay to charm Doris Day’s character), to the depiction of gay characters as ‘sissies’ or tormented failures - and of course, THAT bath scene in Spartacus between Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis. Snails or oysters, my slave? Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Feb.

Bob Cant & Ann Marriott Author Bob Cant and Scotland’s LGBT History Month Development Officer Ann Marriott lead an open discussion about the Wolfenden Report - which 50 years ago recommended that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offence - and the impact it had on individuals within, and attitudes to, the LGBT community. Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh, Tue 6 Feb.

National Galleries LGBT Tours Take a stroll with art historian Matthew Wellard and uncover the secret identities, hidden histories and untold stories within the collections of each gallery. Meet at the front entrance. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Feb & Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Thu 15 Feb.

Vagina Monologues Carol Smillie and a pair of Ugly Sisters (Jo Freer and Julie Coombe, from this year’s King’s Theatre panto) speak from below the hips, articulating a funny and moving collection of tales centred around femininity and female sexuality. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 3 Feb & Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 20-Sat 24 Feb.

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