Folkestone Library marks LGBT month

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Words and Photos by Ray Duff

Folkestone Library on Grace Hill is prominently displaying a range of books and films to mark the now annual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month.



Numerous novels, biographies, non-fiction works are among the displays alongside several DVDs of films including the story of Alan Turing, told in 'The Imitation Game'; and the recent film 'Mr Holmes' starring renowned actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Photos: Ray Duff


There is also a selection of notices which relate to significant events in gay history starting from 1869, although a number of books also feature those from many centuries before.


Photo: Ray Duff

Derek Jarman

In Shepway there is a major gay persons anniversary this year as well, being the 75th Anniversary of the birth on 31 January 1942 of  painter, film maker, author, activist, theatre designer and latterly gardener Derek Jarman, who lived towards the end
of his life at Propect Cottage, Dungeness.


It was there he created the famous garden which is still being maintained in his memory.  Situated about a mile on the Dungeness Road from The Pilot turning at Lydd on Sea, it is still worth a visit even at this time of year!

Sadly, he died in February 1994 and is buried at St Clement's Church graveyard, Old Romney, Romney Marsh.

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More LGBT events


The UK also marks two significant major LGBT related events this year:

1) The 50th Anniversary of the passing of legislation in 1967 to, as gay people say, 'partially' decriminalise homosexuality in Britain based on the earlier Wolfenden Report; and there are a number of events being held among which are the following:-

National Trust to highlight hidden gay history:

Tate Gallery - Queer British Art to mark the Anniversary:

Channel 4 TV will also be showing events to mark the anniversary later this year:

General info on the Sexual Offences Act 1967 at :

2) The other, much sadder 50th Anniversary, though is the death on 9 August 1967 of gay playwright JOE ORTON, murdered by his then partner Ken Halliwell who then committed suicide as a result.

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In general many events for the history month are being held right across the UK with some as mentioned focusing on the main anniversaries as well.


Information on all such can be found on the LGBT History Month website at:

Canterbury Gay Pride is being planned once again for later this year and the main parade is due to take place on Saturday 10th June in the City Centre and Dane John Gardens.



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