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LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

Every February, the UK celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month; a celebration that encourages further education into LGBTQ+ issues, the history of the gay rights movement, and the promotion of a safer and more inclusive society, where the varied spectrum of sexuality and gender is universally accepted and spoken about openly.  It aims to provide education and awareness of the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community and works to eliminate prejudice.

With the first LGBTQ+ History Month taking place in the US in 1994, and as a result of a Schools OUT project initiative started by fellow teachers and activists, Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick, the UK officially joined in on the celebrations for LGBTQ+ History Month in 2005.

For LGBT History Month 2020, both the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the Student LGBTQ+ Society have teamed up to bring you a host of educational, informative and engaging events throughout February.

 

The events so far:

Thursday 06 February 

11:00 - 14:00

The Forum

Institute of Sexology: Join us and go on a tour of the Institute of Sexology, which was founded by German-Jewish sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld in 1919. Hirschfeld and his colleagues studied LGBTQ+ lives and identities. The Institute also provided medical care and political advocacy for trans people until it was disbanded by the Nazis in 1933.

 

Saturday 08 February 

12:00 - 14:00

 

The Imperial

 

Join members of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the LGBTQ+ Student Society at The Imperial for a social brunch. Meet members, learn more about the network and society and what happens at the University supporting both LGBTQ+ staff and students and the events that happen. 

 

 

Monday 10 February 

20:00 - 22:00

 

The Ram

 

Join members of the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the LGBTQ+ Student Society at The Ram for an LGBT History Month Pub Quiz. Meet members, learn more about the network and society and what happens at the University supporting both LGBTQ+ staff and students and win some prize money whilst at the same time raising money for a local charity Proud 2 Be.

 

Tuesday 11 February

12:30 - 13:30

 

The Old Library

 

The LGBT History Month Trans and Non-Binary Café will be held in the Old Library Chaplaincy Quiet Room. This is a space for all colleagues and students who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender. If you have questions or you’d like to discuss your access needs please contact Lena Worwood, Quality Support Administrator.

 

Thursday 13 February

10:00 - 14:00

 

St Lukes - X Keys

 

On Thursday 13 February, the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and the LGBTQ+ Student Society will be setting up a stall over in XKeys on the St Lukes campus. Meet members, learn more about the network and society and what happens at the University supporting both LGBTQ+ staff and students and the events that happen. 

 

Friday 14 February

12:00 - 14:00

 

The Forum

 

On Friday 14 February the Eddystone Trust will be visiting the campus with the first of three days, between 12:00 and 14:00, where they will be carrying out FREE HIV tests. The Eddystone Trust is an independent organisation providing information and support for anyone affected by HIV across the South West. 

 

 

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