LGBT: Plenty to celebrate

The University is marking LGBT History Month with a series of events celebrating its LGBT staff and research.

Film screenings, music and poetry readings, panel discussions and public lectures will explore the diverse aspects of LGBT culture and history – from local musicians and poets to debates on the public image of bisexuality and the participation of trans people in sport.

Events include:

Call Me Kuchu screening, New Art Exchange, Thursday 12 February
The documentary Call Me Kuchu examines the lives of LGBT men and women – ‘kuchus’ – in Uganda, in the shadow of the country’s strict anti-homosexuality laws. A talk by Bisi Alimi – Nigerian gay rights activist and HIV/LGBT advocate – follows the screening

Read Hear, Nottingham Central Library, Saturday 21 February
LGBT musicians and poets will give short performances at Nottingham Central Library at this free family event

Bambi screening, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Monday 16 February
Dr Karen Adler and Dr Onni Gust introduce and discuss a screening of the documentary Bambi. The film profiles Marie-Pierre Pruvot, an Algerian-born trans woman who had a long career as a dancer and showgirl in Paris in the 1950s and 60s

The Enigma Problem: Alan Turing and the British Establishment, Jubilee Campus, Wednesday 25 February
Dr Max Biddulph, Chair of the LGBTQ Staff Network and Associate Professor in the School of Education, and Professor David Brailsford, of the School of Computer Science, examine the life and work of Alan Turing in this public lecture

The programme is a collaboration between the University’s HR and Professional Development departments, the LGBTQ Staff Network, and schools and departments.

Dr Biddulph said: “LGBT History Month is a great opportunity for the University to celebrate and highlight both our LGBT staff, and our research. We hope to give people a chance to learn more about LGBT issues, culture and history, challenge and debate their current thinking, and to be entertained.”

Many of the events will be live tweeted on Twitter from @UoNresearch. Follow the account at www.twitter.com/uonresearch

For more information, email
claire.henson@nottingham.ac.uk or visit the University’s LGBT History Month blog, for a full programme and blog posts from staff whose research touches LGBT culture, history, politics and health.

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