Islington’s (Virtual) Pride 2020

In a year like no other, we present a monthly series of Virtual Pride events that explore the rich local queer heritage in our borough and beyond. Click through the links to visit the booking page.

Weds 8 July| 3pm – Polari Workshop, with Dan de la Motte

How bona to varder your dolly old eek! In this interactive workshop, Dan de la Motte will teach you the basics of the gay slang known as Polari: its history, intricacies and nuances as we come up with our own sentences and communicate with one another.

Weds 8 July  6.30pm – A History of Pride: From Stonewall to Islington, with the Outside Project

Join the UK’s first LGBTQ+ homeless community shelter for a social in the Virtual Community Centre, and learn the history of Pride in the UK and its US-origins. Featuring African Rainbow Family and Book 28 and more.

Weds 15 July | 12pm, The History of the London Gay (and Lesbian) Teenage Group, with Dr. Clifford Williams

Back by popular demand, the history of London’s first LGBT youth group, led by Clifford Williams (who was there!)

Weds 22 July | 2pm – A (Virtual) Journey Into the Archive, with Archivist Marlin Khondoker

We’ve collected thousands of items with Islington’s Pride, and our Archivist presents just a handful of the heritage highlights you’ll one day be able to see in person!

Weds 29th July | 2pm – Orton & Halliwell’s Islington, with Mark Aston

Perhaps Islington’s most notorious residents, explore the history of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell’s stomping ground where they lived (and died!). Join Islington Museum’s Mark Aston to find out more.

All events are FREE and take place ONLINE – book a place via

Islington’s Pride is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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