On Wednesday 26 June, the Science Museum will be giving the Pride Jubilee the museum treatment in a special Sexuality Lates, produced in collaboration with Pride in London as part of this year's Pride Festival.
Due to popular demand, Sexuality Lates is back, timed this year to commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising sparked the modern Pride movement.
The riots that started in a New York City inn inspired what became a global movement in human rights. Half a century on, there’s still progress to be made and at this Lates, visitors will get the opportunity to explore the history of LGBTQ+ rights and make their own voices heard.
Join us in a celebration of modern protest and design your own placard at a banner making workshop with experts from the Bishopsgate LGBTQ+ archives. Discover the stories of two of the Pride movement’s biggest contributors, Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, in the Unwashed Herstory of Pride, and share your own story in our Oral History Workshop.
Learn all about the sociocultural history of the female anatomy in a one-night-only exhibition from the Vagina Museum, hear period monologues from around the world with our spoken word artists, or take home your very own Period Zine in a hands-on workshop with Fem Zine London creator, Mia Maxwell.
Plus, see performances from indie singer-songwriter Lots Holloway who will be playing brand-new songs from her upcoming album – and hear from cabaret rapper, Rhysspieces, as he tackles subjects from mental health to substance misuse through spoken word.
All this and much more, including the out-of-this-world VR experience, Space Descent VR with Tim Peake, and our famous intergalactic silent disco.
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Sex in the Animal Kingdom
Learn all about the fascinating ways in which animals reproduce in this interactive animal encounter session where you can get up close and hands-on with exotic critters such as Snakes, Snails and Tarantulas. This event within Lates is ticketed.
Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots
Join computer scientist and author, Dr Kate Devlin, as she delves into the big questions about our future interactions with robots and the ever-growing role of technology in sex. This event within Lates is ticketed.
Fertilisation: A New Beginning?
Find out how sperm and eggs transfer important information from parents to offspring – and learn why fertilisation isn't necessarily a new beginning, but a key step in the circle of life.
The Red Box Project
Speak to representatives from the Red Box Project and learn more about their nationwide campaign to provide free menstrual products to communities so that young people that have their period don’t have to miss school.
Let’s Talk About Sex(ual Health)
Learn more about sexual health with Spectra and get advice on all matters including HIV and other STIs, contraception, and details on PrEP. HIV testing will also be available on the night.
Meet Freedom4Girls, a Leeds-based charity working to tackle period poverty. As well as providing access to free sanitary protection, they deliver workshops to reduce menstruation stigma and taboos.
After hearing the phrase ‘it’s not natural’ as a justification of bigotry against LGBTQ+ people, bisexual, polyamorous zoologist Antonia Forster decided to set the record straight. Hear what she has to say at this talk.
Join poet Richard Scott, author of Soho, as he recites extracts from his intimate collection of poems celebrating joy and tenderness, creating an uncompromising portrait of love and gay shame.
Europe’s longest-running LGBTQ+ choir, the Pink Singers, are back for another year – hear from over 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from diverse backgrounds, united by a passion for singing great choral music.
Join us for an evening talking all things periods, including spoken word, performances, videos, a #PadSplash and a host of other entertainment.
The Riot Alliance
Drop in on this session of games and workshops exploring sex with the Riot Alliance, an organisation who seeks to create respectful and accountable queer spaces.
Join us in our Drag Zone for a variety of drag-related activities. Get yourself made up at our drag booth and mingle with our drag queens and kings.
Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. This event within Lates is ticketed.
Space Descent VR with Tim Peake
Embark on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. With Tim Peake as your guide, retrace the 400 km high-speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. 35% off the usual ticket price.
IMAGE: Rhysspieces and Pink Singers at Sexuality Lates © Science Museum Group