GAYW3

It has been 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexuality and changed attitudes towards LGBTQ identities, both in the UK and in the Jewish world. Starting during LGBT History Month, and culminating in a Purim extravaganza, GAYW3 explores the issues and celebrates the lives of the LGBTQ community throughout history to the present day. See our Families & Youth guide for more GAYW3 events. 

Tuesday 28 February - Sunday 12 March

 


TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY


Sorry God, I'm Gay

7.30pm

£10

People of different faith backgrounds share their stories of creating their identities. Hosted by Rachel Mars. 


SUNDAY 5 MARCH


How to: Speak Polari

11am

£10

Pick up the basics of a historic slang language, incorporating elements of Italian, Romani, rhyming slang, Yiddish and more. Used within gay subculture to communicate undetected from hostile outsiders and undercover policemen, it is still used culturally (most recently on David Bowie’s final album) with many words passing into standard English usage.


Wilde in London

11am

£15

Discover the streets, cafés and theatres of Mayfair and St James's on the trail of the personalities and relationships leading to the dramatic trials of Oscar Wilde and his final imprisonment. The Naughty 90s of Queen Victoria's reign also provided a backdrop to some of Wilde's most popular plays.


How do You See Yourself?

2pm

£6 Child / £4 Adult

Artist Ewelina Kolaczek presents an exploration of gender identity through mapping, creativity and conversation. Create a self portrait and see yourself through your eyes and through the eyes of others


Film: Do I Love You? + Q&A

2pm

£12

73 minutes. 15th anniversary event and Q&A. Director Lisa Gornick and cast members join us for a rare cinema screening of this lesbian romantic comedy classic. In her much-loved debut feature, director Lisa Gornick plays Marina, who is going through a break-up from her girlfriend Romy (Raquel Cassidy). For this special 15th anniversary screening of the film, we are delighted to welcome director and actor Lisa Gornick, actor Ruth Posner and other members of the cast.


Imahot V'Avot Purim

3pm

Free Child / £5 Adult

Imahot v’Avot is a social group for families who have one or more parent who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning (LGBTQQ).Join us for a fun and musical Purim themed Imahot v’Avot get together. Soft play, Purim singalong, mask-making craft, refreshments and more. Great opportunity to meet other like-minded families, share experiences and get ready for Purim! New families for Imahot V'Avot are very welcome to join.


Film: Paragraph 175 + Intro - CANCELLED

4.10pm

£10

This screening is cancelled. 82 minutes with intro. Allison Zionts from Keshet introduces this powerful documentary exploring the persecution of gay men during the Holocaust.We are delighted that this special screening will be introduced by Allison Zionts from Keshet UK. Allison is a secondary school teacher based in Greenwich, and an associate lecturer at the University of West London. Allison is passionate about equality within education, and has helped to found the Stonewall Champions groups within her schools, as well as writing resources that have been used around Greenwich and Croydon on the inclusion of LGBT youth. Originally from Pittsburgh and Montreal, Allison moved to the UK in 2010 and became involved with Moishe House London and Grassroots Jews.

Starting a Queer Family

5.30pm

£3

From adoption to surrogacy, fertility treatments to co-parenting, we’ll discuss the options available in the UK for LGBTQ people who want to become parents.


TUESDAY 7 MARCH


Queer Art from Wilde to Wolfenden

7.30pm

£15

The ugly fallout from the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde in 1895 was in its way as damaging to the male gay community in Britain as the contemporaneous Dreyfus trial was to French Jews.


WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH


RUN by Stephen Laughton

8pm

£15

It’s the last day of term and Yonni’s angry. All he wants is to disappear into his room. That’s where Adam is, the only person Yonni wants to be around, think about...As the night unfolds and falls into chaos, Yonni pulls us into his world, one filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, political demonstrations, cinema, sex and rebellion. Run explores what it means to love, to lose, and how to grow from a boy into a man.


Film Preview: Who's Gonna Love Me Now? with Q&A

8.30pm

£12

UKJF Preview. Awarding-winning new documentary following the inspiring personal journey of Saar, a gay, HIV positive man struggling to reconcile with his Israeli family. With the camaraderie, support and love of his friends in his adoptive city, and the community of the London’s Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar beings to repair and bridge the relationships with his family, and the country he left behind.


THURSDAY 9 MARCH


Clothing, Costume & the Closet

7.30pm

£12

Professor Reina Lewis and Maureen Kendler explore gender taboos, hidden identities and coming out in the Purim story.

An Evening with Ian Shaw

8pm

£18

Winner of the Best Jazz Vocalist in the BBC Jazz Awards 2004 and 2007, Ian Shaw brings his brilliant voice and irresistable humour for an electrifying concert of inspired music interwoven through voice and piano..


SATURDAY 11 MARCH


Film: Moonlight

8.45pm

£12

111 minutes. The multi-Oscar nominated modern masterpiece follows Chiron as he finds his identity and sexuality in 1980s Miami.A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he explores and discovers his sexuality and struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.


SUNDAY 12 MARCH


Film: Oy Vey! The Matinee! Torch Song Trilogy

2pm

£10

Harvey Fierstein stars as a drag performer looking for love in the classic film adaptation of his moving, very funny Tony-winning play. Anne Bancroft is brilliant as his difficult mother.


Film: Drag Becomes Him

7.30pm

£12

82 minutes. Jinkx Monsoon, “Seattle’s Premiere Jewish Narcoleptic Drag Queen” and the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, gets her own movie. Influenced by a grandmother with charm school polish, Jerick Hoffer learned to fuse the sophistication of a southern belle with the crass behaviour of a working girl. Jinkx Monsoon has what RuPaul describes as “a stage left, off centre kind of quality.”

Amy Grimehouse presents... Cabaret

7.30pm

£15

The underground cinema/arts club celebrates the Weimar cabaret scene with sexy, subversive performance, audience participation, music and film.


MONDAY 27 MARCH


Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes

12noon

£20/£16 Web Advance

The great opera Peter Grimes is the tale of a small community’s descent into suspicion and mob mentality against an outsider. It can be read as a metaphor for Britten’s own alienation as a pacifist and a homosexual. Patrick Bade explores the opera alongside works by other homosexual composers.