We’re proud to be celebrating and recognising queer history, identity and culture
February is LGBTQ+ History Month and we’re proud to be celebrating and recognising queer history, identity and culture. Our activities this month revolve around claiming our past, celebrating our present, and creating our future.
Some people may ask questions about why these sorts of months are important, with comments like ‘shouldn’t LGBTQ+ history just be the same as all history’, and whilst I understand that, it misses something fundamental to LGBTQ+ history, most of it has been erased. February is a month where we can put a spotlight on the important moments in the movement towards equality, respect and celebration of all sexualities and gender identities. In the past, when I was grappling with my personal identity, months like these allowed me to learn more about the incredible community that I am now proudly a member of. It is incredible how impactful reading about stories of other queer individuals can be in learning to accept and ultimately celebrate yourself (because your sexuality and gender identity is definitely something to celebrate!).
As a queer, white, cisgender woman living in the UK, I am one of the most privileged members of our community. I recognise this and want to help to shed light on the experiences of people in our community who face considerably more hardship; transgender people, people of colour, those with disabilities and those in countries where being LGBTQ+ is illegal (and all the intersections of these identities).
History is still being made, many LGBTQ+ people across the world still face persecution. In claiming the progress that has been made we must recognise that the journey is not over, and we must continue to advocate for better futures for all LGBTQ+ people.
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an ally, or you're not quite sure where you fit in (that’s ok, lots of people are here or have been here!), I invite you to get involved with everything we have got planned – there is something for everyone! Take a look at our page for some recommended reading, and our full list of events!
Spill the Tea: LGBTQ+ History Month X Elections
Wednesday 9 February 12:00 – 14:00, DH1, outside M&D Room
Friday 11 February 12:00 – 14:00, G48 St Luke’s
Interfaith LGBTQ+ History Month
Friday 18 February, from 11:00 – 13:00 in Neil Cross Room, Old Library
Charity Movie Night – details and tickets coming soon!
Thursday 17 February 19:30, M&D Room
Coffee and Chat LGBTQ+ History Month
Tuesday 22 February from 12:00 – 13:30 G48 St Luke’s
We’re looking for students to share and celebrate queer history, identity and culture this month.
If you’d like to write a blog about LGBTQ+ culture, people and history, or if you could answer some pre-prepared questions about why this month is important, media recommendations, and lots more (the aim of this is to share how vibrant our LGBTQ+ and ally community is here in Exeter!), we’d love to hear from you! Drop me a message or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
Your experiences in Exeter
We’re collecting some information about the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community at Exeter, including mental health, sexual health and discrimination.
If you’d like to share your experiences anonymously with us, fill in our survey.
Night Safety Project
Your safety at night is a big priority for us at the moment, and we are working with the University, the Gender Safety group and other local groups to create some night safety initiatives that will have a positive impact on night safety for all Exeter students and Exeter as a community. We recognise that the LGBTQ+ community and women often feel more unsafe at night.
In order to do this, we’d like to hear from you about your experiences. By completing this survey, we will be able to understand the problems you face, the concerns you have around your safety at night and how we can improve night safety for all.
We look forward to seeing you at some of our events and celebrating with us this month!
Lily, Guild President