Science museum Lates - Pride Jubilee and sexuality

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Science Museum

Exhibition Road South Kensington · London

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Try Riot Alliance's drop-in event (get other tickets 1st). Cafe near lobby, or various drinks bars/queues can be meet points. Read/comment here, or say when/where/how to recognise you if in same place a while. Wear Bi colors/badges/check wristbands

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Join us at this sexuality/Pride-themed Science Museum Lates evening, in association with the Pride in London festival; marking 50 years since Stonewall!

There are special pride events as well as the usual Lates fun (all purely social/educational). One of these is a Riot Alliance session by a few of our friends at London Bi Pandas - drop in and play the 3-minute game about the art of asking for what you want. Discover the Wheel of Consent, write your Sex Menu, and learn how to flirt with that cutie across the room (especially useful for any women struggling to flirt with women, eg. if society/your role models taught you to wait for men to make the first move)!

Other pride-themed sessions:
* Europe’s longest running LGBTQ+ choir, the Pink Singers
* Pride Herstory - a talk: History of Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two of the Stonewall riot's best known instigators, which sparked the gay rights movement. If you don't know the story, come find out who you owe a debt to (and don't forget about Brenda Howard - bi activist and "Mother of Pride", in NYC a year later, who started the first pride rally & march and is why we call it "Pride")! By archivists from the Bishopsgate Institute.
* Set your mind ablaze with a spoken-word piece from Rhysspieces.
* Talk on Sexbots by Dr Kate Devlin (usually in high demand - usually repeated during evening - but arrive early!)
* Period Monologues
* Protest Art (with experts from LGBTQ+ archives at Bishopsgate Institute) - celebrate modern protest
* Period Zine-Making Workshop with Mia Maxwell (deconstructing ideas about gender and menstruation, highlighting trans/non-binary people)

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights, including live music, a Talkaoke, and the best silent disco in town. There is BSL interpretation for some events (check website/enquire for details).

Riot Alliance:
The Riot Alliance is an initiative committed to creating respectful and accountable Queer spaces. Why not start/meet here!
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What Is Lates?
Science Museum Lates is the museum opening to the general public til late (starts closing 9.30pm), on the last Wednesday every month and with special events around a theme. There are no kids around to spoil the fun; beware, you could be asked for id though I've never seen anyone check. Its grown-up, not "adult" fun! (nothing seedy).

Free museum entry (though donations encouraged). The cafe and diner are open; bubbly/beer/other drinks are for sale around the museum. Free wifi.

Some events are drop-in anytime, some have a start/end time and are often repeated through the evening - multiple things happen at once throughout the museum, but repeats make it easier to catch everything you want to do.

Ticketed Sessions:
To see any big events in the theatre or some of the other limited-ticket events (some free, some not) you'll want to get tickets as soon as you're there, from the main lobby; last-minute ticket access is a bit hit or miss and for the big events of the evening probably sold out.

I don't usually rush for the early queues outside the museum before they open (the museum closes at normal time to prepare for Lates, then re-opens). The queues can stretch round the block. If you're a queuer/want to ensure a ticket to a busier session, be there early, before the 6.45pm open time, to be near the front - by at least 20mins. But the queue disappears pretty quickly once open so you can turn up a bit later and avoid any/much wait (shortly after 7pm is fine if they open on time). Unless you're keen for a sought-after ticket that might run out fast (though note: you can pre-book some sessions). Don't confuse the queue with one for the NHM next door.

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