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Showroom Cinema: Wealth of fantastic events

February is LGBT+ History month in the UK '“ 4 weeks dedicated to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; celebrating equality; and raising awareness on matters concerning the LGBT+ community. There's a wealth of fantastic events taking place across our city organised by such wonderful people as LGBT Sheffield, SAYiT, Friends of Edward Carpenter and at both universities.

This year at the Showroom, we have a range of world-shaking films about love, politics and power that celebrate individuals and remarkable groups making history with their stories. We kick off on Friday 9 February with Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, followed by an after party in the Showroom Bar with DJ Anna Kissed (aka the magnificent community worker and activist, Heather Paterson). Queercore is an urgent documentary that was a definite highlight of the fantastic Doc/Fest ’17. With help from the likes of John Waters, Bruce LaBruce and Kathleen Hanna, Queercore tells the story of the start of an international movement in the mid-1980s intended to punk the punk scene, and the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic culture.

Next up is Body Electric on Tuesday 13 February, a lively Brazilian drama that received its UK premiere at last year’s BFI Flare festival. It tells the story of Elias, the young deputy manager of a garment factory in São Paulo. When he’s not working, he enjoys casual encounters in the big city. The arrival of a new colleague, Fernando, piques his interest and Elias finds himself increasingly drawn into socialising with unbridled passion with his work colleagues, against his bosses wishes. Have you ever seen a drawing by Touko Valio Laaksonen? It’s not something you’re likely to forget. Best known by the pseudonym Tom of Finland, Laaksonen was a Finnish artist who became a true subversive gay hero and one of the most influential figures of twentieth century LGBT+ culture with an iconic aesthetic that inspired Freddie Mercury, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic foll