Join the Science Museum and Pride in London Festival at this month’s Lates for a collaborative, LGBT-inspired night exploring the science and culture of sexuality.
Expect a whole host of talks, workshops and performances at this unique and enlightening evening celebrating and welcoming the LGBT+ community, which will ask such questions as: Where are all the gay scientists? What are the animal kingdom’s weirdest sexual habits? And should men be allowed to have babies, or would it be a step too far for science?
Britain’s biggest boyband, London Gay Men’s Chorus, and everyone’s favourite gin-based harmony group, Gin & Harmonics, will both perform singalong shows in the Museum’s IMAX theatre, hosted by cabaret sensation and drag royalty Michael Twaits.
We’ll also be welcoming Channel 4 News’ Technology Journalist Geoff White to the Museum to share the findings of his investigation into what happens behind the scenes of the internet dating trade.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Parliament’s vote to partially decriminalise homosexuality in the UK, the theme for Pride in London Festival 2017 is Love Happens Here. The Science Museum’s Lates is a key highlight of the festival—one of the biggest LGBT+ events in the world which runs from Saturday 24 June – Sunday 9 July.
There’ll be a whole host of music and dance for visitors to enjoy, including our intergalactic silent disco, at which VIP DJ’s Izzy Trixx and Munroe Bergdorf will take to the decks, and three of the UK’s leading Drag Queen acts: Topsie Redfern, Vanity von Glow, and girl band The Vixens.
London Gay Men’s Chorus
An evening of songs and some singalong with Britain’s biggest boyband, London Gay Men’s Chorus. Boasting over 200 members, the LGMC is the largest gay choir in Europe, regularly playing to sell-out crowds and have appeared on Children In Need, Comic Relief, The One Show, The Graham Norton Show and Top of the Pops. Hosted by cabaret sensation and Pride in London drag royalty, Michael Twaits, plus more performers from across the LGBT+ community.
Gin & Harmonics
Come and join us for songs and entertainment in the palatial surroundings of the Science Museum. London’s favourite gin-based harmony group, the Gin & Harmonics perform as a centrepiece. Set up in 2010 united by their love of a cappella and gin, they won the award for Outstanding Performance in the Voice Festival UK final in 2016, which they celebrated with, well, gin. Hosted by cabaret sensation and Pride in London drag royalty, Michael Twaits, plus more performers from across the LGBT+ community.
Inside internet dating
Technology journalist Geoff White has conducted a series of investigations into the murky goings-on behind the scenes of the Internet dating trade. He talks about his findings, and what they tell us about an industry that wields increasing power over our romantic lives.
One session will be BSL interpreted.
Understanding London's LGBTQ+ nightlife spaces
Media reports have emphasised the recent decline of queer nightlife spaces, but how do the numbers of bars, clubs, pubs and other venues and events reflect wider policies, practices and conditions of urban development?
No sexuality please, we’re scientists
Where are all the gay scientists? Does it matter? What is more important: the scientific results, or the people who obtain them?
201 Dance Company's urban ensemble presents extracts of the award-winning Smother, plus a premiere sneak-peek of their brand-new production Skin, heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.
Should men be allowed to have babies? Join our Pregnant Man drama character as he explains his decision to carry a child. Would this be a leap forward for equality or a step too far for science?
Sex tech market
Sex tech is changing. Designers are taking a less ‘anatomical’ approach to hardware. Come and see the diversity of future sex toys.
Fumble sex education
Annoyed with the terrible sex-ed you got at school? Worried about the increasingly complex and tricky climate that young people are growing up in? Keen to help offer young people a happier, healthier sex, identity and relationships conversation? It's in your hands! In this workshop from Fumble, help craft a dream sex education syllabus for 2020.
Sex in the animal kingdom
Get hands-on with nature as we explore some of the bizarre sexual activities in nature; from snail’s love darts and tarantulas' partner feasting to snakes with their two penises.
Speed life drawing
A fun and fast-paced life drawing session that explores gender and identity through poses, costumes and props. Fuelled by a playlist of pop anthems you’ll be taken on a journey through themes of love and desire to inspire your own expressive drawings using a range of techniques and materials.
What foods get you in the mood? Come and find out through the sexiest foods around as we talk about figs, chocolate and more, while you sample.
Pride in London
Come and find out more information on how to get involved with Pride in London. Pride in London is 100% volunteer-run and relies on the time and enthusiasm of over 1000 people. It's a great way to get involved and put on one of the biggest and most iconic events the capital has to offer.
Notes to Editors
About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk.
About Pride in London Festival
Pride in London Festival, now in its third year, is one of the biggest LGBT+ Festivals in the world. Wrapped around the main Pride in London weekend celebrations, it is created by, and showcases, some of the most inspiring talents in our wonderfully diverse LGBT+ community. It includes theatre, dance, talks and conferences, LGBT+ tours, art and much more. 2017's Festival runs from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July and features over 80 events across 15 days and over 40 venues with hundreds of collaborators. For more information visit: prideinlondon.org/plan-your-pride/pride-festival
About Discover South Kensington
Discover South Kensington brings together the Science Museum and other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day. www.discoversouthken.com