The Green Carnation

Date: Bi-Monthly from 20 September 2017

Time: 19:00

Price: Free Entry

Social Networking for the LGBT community

The Green Carnation is a new, informal bi-monthly social event for over-25’s. Our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment in which mature Wintonians who identify as LGBT, and their friends, can socialise on a regular basis. The event is free to attend but spaces are limited so please register using the link below. Come by yourself or with friends; it’ll be relaxed and friendly but also a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your social network.


7pm Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Inaugural Social
7pm Wednesday 15 November 2017 – Winter Social
7pm Wednesday 17 January 2018 – Cancelled
7pm Wednesday 21 March 2018 – Chocolate Social
7pm Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Post-Eurovision Social
7pm Wednesday 11 July 2018 – Summer Social

Why the Green Carnation?

Oscar Wilde arranged for one of his lead actors to wear a green carnation in his lapel during the first ever performance of ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ on 20 February 1892. He also encouraged select friends in the audience to do the same, thus connecting them to the performance. “What does it mean?” his friend asked him. “Nothing whatever,” came the reply. “But that is just what nobody will guess”.

The symbolism of the flower is debated to this day but it does seem likely to be Oscar Wilde’s reference to his contemporary world of homosexuality, a term which was coined in the Victorian era. The green carnation was claimed to be a gay symbol in Paris before Wilde ever wore one.

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