lgbtwalkArts in mental health charity CoolTan Arts (CTA) is celebrating LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transexuals) History Month in its latest Largactyl Shuffle on February 16.

The Largactyl Shuffle is CTA's monthly cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, and named to remember the oldest anti-psychotic drug Largactyl that can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.

This month's walk, which coincides with LGBT History Month, will see participants take a guided tour through southeast London featuring stops for short talks celebrating past and contemporary LGBT locals, including human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

There will also be the opportunity to learn about famous Southwark LGBT artists such as Oscar Wilde and explore the relationship between mental health and the LGBT community.

Co-chair of LGBT History Month, Tony Fenwick, said: "LGBT History Month is a great chance to celebrate the many positive LGBT contributions to British society.

"Everyone has really pulled together this year, and we're aiming to make this the biggest LGBT History Month so far. With so much talk about same-sex marriage, it’s a good time to remind LGBT people and our straight allies that our vastly rich heritage is nothing new."

CTA welcomes adults and children from LGBT families to join the walk. To take part, meet outside the main entrance to The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5. The walk will start at 12.00 and end at about 4.30pm at Cross Bones cemetery. The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Call CTA on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.

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