Past events hosted by the Network have included:

Diverse voices - Celebrating Black LGBT Authors and Poets

The Network celebrated Black History Month with an evening exploring and celebrating the spoken word in the work of Black writers and poets. Among those presented and talk about their work were: Thomas Glave, American author and academic of Jamaican descent, whose works include The Torturer's Wife, Whose Song? And Other Stories, Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent, and Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (editor and contributor). Andra Simons, Bermudian writer, poet, director and actor currently living in London.http://andrasimons.wordpress.com/ Poet and erotic fiction author Jacqueline Applebee. http://j-applebee.tumblr.com/ MC Angel, Street Poet and host of Lyrically Challenged, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyrically-Challenged/199678540051357

*This event was grant-funded event by Southwark Council Black History Month*

Does gender matter anymore?

This was a fascinating discussion about the role of gender and sexuality, with talks from representatives from the hit blog The Most Cake and the inspirational Wotever World founder Ingo. Our own Justin gave his take on the voluptous paradox of bear culture in 2012 and Tim Redfern talked to us about the role of gender blurring throughout history with some interesting revelations about portraits in the National Portrait Gallery that are definately more than they seem.

Christmas Concert and Quiz

December brought a light-hearted evening of music and singing, including carols, accompanied by seasonal mulled wine and a christmas quiz.

Performances from LGBT artists

In 2012 we had performances by Julie Enever and Remi Fadare. Jules Phoenix has been playing guitar and writing songs for many years before performing as a solo artist in 2010. In October 2011 Jules was joined by The Contemporary Afro-Latin percussionist Remi F. who complemented Jules's Reggae and Rock sound. Remi started out playing the snare drum from the age of 7 in a traditional marching band like drummers Keith Moon and Steve Gadd. She is keen to incorporate hand percussion as she feels it links to her traditional African roots.

Screening of HappyHolic

We showed the short film, HappyHolic, directed by Guillermo Jimenez-Castellanos followed a Q&A with the director, cast members Ashley Cook and Nick Lawson, and music producer, Kelly Teh.

Discussion on Mental Wellbeing

A panel with Dr Jonty Heversedge, 4 in 10 and South London and the Maudsley LGBT Group came together to share their thoughts and ideas about mental health and the LGBT community. . Dr Heversedge is author of the book the Mindful Manifesto and a regular on morning television. 4 in 10 is a lesbian, gay. bisexual and trans group for people living with, or survivors of, mental ill health, based primarily in south London.

Culinary Adventures and Queer Tastings

At this event food and talks collided with Frances Tay shares some interesting food stories involving fruit bats and four legged friends, and will be offering sample tastings of Malaysian Chicken Curry. Justin Varney delved in to the world of Sister inspired indulgence and Down Home Trailer Park cookin', and everyone went home several pounds heavier with delicious treats.

Rainbow Tales from the Eastern Front

We welcomed back Clare B. Dimyon of PRIDE Solidarity, who spoke so memorably at our AGM three years ago. Since 2007 Clare has travelled every year to attend PRIDE events around central and eastern Europe and to offer love and solidarity to LGBT people, their families and friends ("LGBT+"). She has recently returned from flying the rainbow flag at the Euro2012 football championship in support of LGBT+ in Ukraine. She told an inspiring mix of sad stories, moving stories, unexpected stories and funny stories, including almost having her MBE medal confiscated by Ukrainian customs, but being rescued in the nick of time by Prince Charles!

Religion and Sexuality

Bringing together LGBT individuals from Islam, Judaism and Humanism, the panel explored their own personal feelings about their faith and their sexuality and their experiences of organised religion and the LGBT community.