LGBT+ History Month 2021

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February is LGBT+ History Month, and the theme for 2021 is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’.

LGBT+ History Month is a month long celebration of LGBT+ history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements.  It takes place every February in the UK, and aims to promote and celebrate equality and diversity.  The first LGBT+ History Month in the UK was celebrated in 2005.  Since 2011, LGBT+ History Month has taken a different theme each year.  The theme for 2021 is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’.  You can find more information on the  LGBT+ History Month website.

There is also a dedicated YouTube channel which features a wide range of videos, including the online LGBT+ History Month Launch event which took place last November, interviews with prominent LGBT+ people, and personal stories of coming out and of facing prejudice.  The channel can be found here:

LGBT+ History Month You Tube channel

More information about LGBT+ issues in general is available on Stonewall’s website:

Stonewall Website

The LGBT+ Flag
The LGBT flag

Did you know?

The UK’s first National Trans Conference took place at the University of Leeds in 1974.  It was organised by the Beaumont Society, a support group founded in 1966 for trans people assigned male at birth.  The conference featured talks and discussions and a variety of social events.  You can find out more about this event on the West Yorkshire Queer Stories website.

LGBT+ History Month at the University

Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans folk have been around since the dawn of time, from Julius Caesar to King James I, but when you look at mainstream history you’d never guess they were queer.  LGBT+ History month is a celebration of all things LGBT+ throughout history

Ian Holdsworth, Co-chair, University of Leeds LGBT+ Staff Network

At the University of Leeds, our core values of inclusiveness and community are at the heart of everything that we do.  Over the years, the University has worked closely with our active LGBT+ Staff Network, Students’ Union Officers and colleagues to promote LGBT+ inclusion and create an open, inclusive environment for all.

To mark LGBT+ History Month, the Parkinson Building will be lit up in rainbow colours on Monday 1 February and again on Sunday 28 February.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, LGBT+ History Month is taking place largely online in 2021.

Events in Leeds

Re-Storying the Bible with Ugandan LGBT+ Refugees, 4 February, 4-5.30pm

Professor Johanna Stietbert and Professor Adriaan van Klinken from the University of Leeds will be presenting a paper titled ‘Re-Storying the Bible with Ugandan LGBT+ Refugees with a Q&A discussion via Teams.  Click here to join the seminar.

OUTing the Past – 6 February, 9.50am-3.40pm

OUTing the Past is a live online conference hosted by Leeds Art Gallery.  It is an international celebration of LGBT+ history and includes a wide range of speakers.  Topics under discussion this year include Asexuality,  LGBT+ Health and the NHS, Being Transgender and many more!

OUTing the past will take plave via Zoom this year, and you can find out more about the events and the speakers  on their website OUTing the Past.

The event is free to join and you can book a place on Eventbrite – OUTing the Past

Videos of the talks will be available afterwards if you can’t attend but would like to listen to them.

Leeds LGBT+ Bookclub – The first Wednesday of every month, 6.30pm, currently via Zoom

The Leeds LGBT+ Bookclub meet once a month to discuss a wide range of books either written by LGBT+ authors or with LGBT+ themes.  It is a safe space and no-one will have to provide any information they do not want to.  Their reading list is available on their website.

Queer Campus?  Online?  A creative online workshop, 11 February, 5pm 

Would you like to take part in research on the ways in which LGBT+ students at Leeds use and create online spaces?  If you are a student at the University of Leeds, LGBT+, and have some time to join the workshop and a follow up interview the week after, you can find more information about the workshop on this online form.

Women Friendly Leeds LGBT+ Online Panel Discussion, 24 February, 7-8.30pm

An informative, insightful and thought provoking event with a diverse panel of women speakers.  This is a free event, held via Zoom.  You can book a ticket on Eventbrite – Online Panel Discussion

West Yorkshire Queer Stories

Between 2018 and 2020, West Yorkshire Queer Stories collected stories about LGBT+ life across the region.  A wealth of films, videos, podcasts and personal stories have been put together.  They are now held by the West Yorkshire Archive Service and can be accessed on the West Yorkshire Queer Stories website.

Societies and Networks

LGBT+ stafff network logo

If you would like to contact the LGBT+ Staff Network, you can find more information and details of activities and events here:

LGBT+ Staff Network

If you are a student and would like to join the Leeds University Union LGBT+ Society, you can find information about activities and how to join here:

Leeds University Union LGBT+ Society

 

Support for all staff and students

Helpful LGBT+ resources

Policy on Dignity and Mutual Respect (pdf)

Trans Equality Policy  and Guidance for Trans Staff and Students  (Note – these documents are due to be revised)

Location of gender neutral toilets on campus

Family Friendly Policies

 

LGBT+ Role Models and Allies

Read more about the University’s LGBT+ Role Models and Allies here:

Role Models and Allies

If you would like to be featured as a Role Model or an Ally yourself, you will find a form to fill in on the site.  You can also contact the LGBT+ Staff Network or the Equality & Inclusion Unit if you would like more information.

Have your say

Project Freedom are an organisation striving to build Leeds’ first LGBTQ+ Community Housing Scheme.  They have just launched their Housing Survey to gain an insight into the housing needs of local LGBTQ+ communities.  They would like to hear the views of as many LGBTQ+ individuals who live in Yorkshire or who have ties to Leeds as possible.  If you would like to give your views, you can find the survey on the Project Freedom website.

Contact Us

For any queries on LGBT+ History Month, please contact either the LGBT+ Staff Network or equality@leeds.ac.uk.