50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world: Exhibition, Talk & Tour

Sunday, June 18, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023 Strawberry Hill House 268 Waldegrave Road Twickenham TW1 4ST


18th - 30th June 2023

'50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world' is a unique exhibition which pays tribute in 50 portraits to the activists, personalities, writers and artists who have advanced the LGBTQI+ movement and celebrates those who have fought to create a more inclusive and tolerant world. C ome along to Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham from 18th - 30th June 2023 to explore the exhibition, and its accompanying book by the same name published by Aurora Metro Books.

We aim to provide essential visibility and representation of LGBTQI+ heritage, celebrating the incredible people from all walks of life who have helped to challenge discrimination and create the LGBTQI+ movement.

Some of the activists brought vividly to life in the panels have paid dearly for their courage in speaking out - facing imprisonment, violence or death. Others continue to challenge homophobic laws, cultural norms and religious intolerance to bring about a world where every child is able to grow up free to be themselves. Featuring notable British figures including Olly Alexander, Mark Ashton, Michael Cashman, Alan Turing, Peter Tatchell, and Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah (Lady Phyl).

“The fight for the recognition and the protection of LGBTQI+ people around the globe is crucial. It demonstrates our humanity to one another, in the face of political, cultural and religious opposition.” – Florent Manelli, author and illustrator

Performance & Talk

28th June at 2023 7:30pm

Join us at Strawberry Hill House 28th June - 7:30pm for a talk and one-woman comedy show (with song), performed by Dr Clare Summerskill. Clare will also be talking to Aurora Metro Books about the publication of their new book 50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world.

Clare is an independent academic, a playwright and a comedian and singer-songwriter. She wrote the introduction to Florent Manelli’s 50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world (Aurora Metro Books), and her publications include Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History (Tollington Press), and New Directions in Queer Oral History – Archives of Disruption (Routlege), which she co-edited. She is also the co-founder of the Oral History Society’s LGBT special interest group.

Clare has been performing her one-woman comedy stage shows for audiences in the UK and US for over two decades. She has been a guest on Richard and Judy C4, appeared in The Royal Variety Show ITV, and been part of the line-up of the legendary Stonewall productions at The Albert Hall. She has written for comedy shows on BBC Radio 4 including Weekending and Heated Rollers, and has been described, by Woman’s Hour, Radio 4 as ‘The lesbian Victoria Wood’. Her humour is warm and welcoming and often far too close to the bone for comfort!

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Details coming soon.

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Twitter: @50lgbtqi | Instagram: @50lgbtqi

ISBN: 978-1-913641-28-3 | £17.99 | Aurora Metro Books (imprint: Supernova Books)

S trawberry Hill House & Garden.

Cred.: Kilian O'Sullivan.


C lare Summerskill - academic, playwright and a comedian and singer-songwriter. Performing on the 28th June, 7pm.


F lorent Manelli - author and illustrator of 50 LGBTQI+ who changed the world.

C red.: Sev Pieto.

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Aurora Metro Arts and Media is a charity which champions equality and diversity through arts and education projects .

Linked to the award-winning indie publishing house Aurora Metro Books which has published over 300 authors and prides itself on its diverse and international publishing program.

Find out more at Charity - www.aurorametro.org;

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