Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGBT+) History Month 2021

January 19th, 2021

At the university we are committed to supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for our staff and students.

We will be celebrating LGBT+ History Month virtually for 2021 following the national theme of ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’. We aim to increase visibility of LGBT+ people, their history, lives, and experiences, promote their welfare, and increase inclusion.

A programme board of staff and student volunteers have put together a rich calendar of central events and we have also funded local projects at the University.

We’d like to encourage everyone to get involved, join our celebrations and share details of the programme within their respective areas.

Click the images or scroll down to find out more about all the events that are coming up:

Central events

Click for more info on Conversation cafe: belonging

Click for more info on Meditation for the LGBTQ+ Community

Click for more info on Allyship: How it's done and the pitfalls to avoid

Click for more info on Virtual Creativity Workshop and Showcase

Click for more info on the Conversation cafe: Coming out

Click for more info on the Conversation cafe: Coming out

Local events

John McLuskey’s talk on HIV

Access a recording of the talk here.

LGBT+ Health Inequalities lecture with Ella Guerin RNMH
Monday 1 February

The pre-recorded lecture can be accessed from here and you can participate in a Q&A with Ella on this padlet throughout February.

LGBT+ health in undergraduate medical curricula
Available from Thursday 11 February 2021

The pre-recorded lecture can be accessed from here.

Reading inspiration for LGBTQ+ History Month
Available from Monday 25 January 2021
UoN Libraries LGBTQ+ Reading List 2020/21

Find inspiration for your next read with Libraries’ online LGBTQ+ History Month reading list, featuring titles recommended by students and staff. For 2021, Libraries have purchased a host of new print and ebooks based on these recommendations. Browse the titles on the reading list and follow the links to NUsearch to check availability. You can access our ebooks wherever you are.

Libraries have also teamed up with the School of English to share some of their staff members favourite reads. Follow @UoNLibraries and @UoNEnglish on Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout February and let us know your favourites.

Museum Outing
25 January – 28 February 2021
Eventbrite or Teams link for the event: Instagram #MuseumOuting21

To mark LGBT+ History Month at the University we want to hear your stories about museum exhibits, photographs or artworks with an LGBT+ history that have a special meaning for you.

Your chosen object could be the work of an LGBT+ artist/maker or have some other connection to LGBT+ history, or simply be important to your own personal journey.

Post an image of your object to Instagram using the hashtag #MuseumOuting21 with no more than 100 words telling us why you chose it. Alternatively, it’s possible to send your submissions to us via email at: marketing@nottingham.ac.uk (subject: Museum Outing).

It’s important that you tell us the name of your chosen object, the artist/maker, and the museum where the object is normally displayed.

We’ll collect your submissions and post a selection of them on this site to curate a virtual museum of Queer history.


Wednesday 3 February, 1pm. MS Teams
Book here.

LGBT+ and Christian at Uni? As part of LGBT+ History Month the Christian Chaplains are hosting an online chat for LGBT+ Christian students. Join us to chat over lunch/cup of tea on matters such as:

  • What is your experience?
  • Where do you meet like-minded students?
  • How do you confidently find a church that’s right for you?

Celebration of LGBT+ healthcare research at the University of Nottingham.

The virtual exhibition is now available here.

Bridging the Gap with farmer Ben Andrews, “Being a 21st century person in a 19th century world”.
Tuesday 9 February 6.30-7.30pm
Join MS TEAMs   

Ben is an organic tenant farmer from Herefordshire and a keen supporter of bioscience for sustainable Agriculture and Food. He is also an ambassador for Agrespect which promote and support diversity in the countryside. “Farmer Ben” as he is known on social media will share his experiences of being #outonthefarm and working in an agricultural fairly heteronormative setting. The positive shift in rural culture will be highlighted as Ben discusses his approach as a mentor and role model to those struggling to remove their camouflage.

A conversation about gendered language with Dr David Charnock RNLD and Ella Guerin RNMH
Thursday 11 February 

The podcast recording can be accessed from here.

In conversation with Professor Gregory Woods
Wednesday 17 February, 1pm
Book here

A live-streamed conversation between Neil Walker (Lakeside Arts Centre) and writer and poet, Emeritus Professor Gregory Woods, who in 1998 was appointed Chair of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Nottingham Trent University, the first such appointment in the UK.

The Queer Art of Surviving a Pandemic: An Online Workshop with Popo Fan
Friday 19 February 2021, 3-4:30 pm, MS Teams
Speaker: Popo Fan (queer filmmaker, artist and activist)
Chair: Dr Hongwei Bao (Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies)
Book here

In this online event, Berlin-based Chinese queer filmmaker Popo Fan will lead an online workshop on queer community building and care work for members of the LGBTQ+ communities. In the first half of the event, Fan will screen his new films made during COVID-19 including Learn German in My Kitchen and Hasen Pavilion. He will also share his experience of dealing with racism and loneliness during the pandemic, as well as how he has managed to remain positive, optimistic, and productive during the lockdown period. The making and sharing films, for Fan, is a way to participate in queer community building and care work through online and art-based activism.

The second half of the event will invite members from the audience to ask questions, share their experiences of coping with racism, homo- and transphobia, and COVID lockdown. This workshop hopes to build an online support community through storytelling, experience sharing, and engaging with artworks.

Popo Fan is one of the most prolific queer filmmakers from China. He has made more than a dozen documentary and fiction films, most of which revolve around issues of queer sexuality, identity and community. Fan started to participate in queer activism since his university days. He is a committee member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival (aka Love Queer Cinema Week); he is also a founder of the Queer University Video Training Camp. Fan is an important participant in and witness to the queer filmmaking and queer activism scenes in the PRC today. For more information about Fan, please visit his website: https://www.popofan.net/

Sutton Bonington LGBT Craftivism Event for Everyone
Runs throughout February with packs available at Vet School Reception (Student Experience Team). Live stitch – along through MS TEAMs.

This event will be an opportunity for you to display your signature/message for the LGBT Community on flags.  They will be created by embroidery – writing on trace with back stitching or other materials such as paper, paint or digitally and displayed on SB campus. Examples of messages include ” no place for hate”, “hope” and “unity”.

A pre-filmed tutorial will be filmed for guidance accompanied by a separate live stitch along on Wednesday 10 February at 7pm organised by SBArtSoc. Please share your art also on our online LGBT+ history month Padlet using the second QR code and/or display it on our history boards in the vet school atrium and the Barn.

If you are based on SB campus, we have a number of free embroidery packs with fabric, thread and needle for you to pick up. Please do not make any unnecessary travel!

People like me: LGBT+ history month webinar
Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 2pm – 3pm
Book here

What is it like for LGBT+ individuals in academia? What improvements have been made and what still needs to be done? How can we support LGBT individuals at universities? In this hour-long panel discussion we talk about the experiences of LGBT individuals in academia, and propose solutions to the problems they face.

Life In Equine Practice – “Telling it Straight” with Brad Hill and James Bailey
Wednesday 24th  February, 6.30-7.30pm

Brad and James will openly discuss their careers in equine practice whilst being part of the LGBT community. Talking about their ups and downs and their individual journeys to self-acceptance; transforming worries and concerns into strengths and attributes.

On Queerness and Creativity  hosted by the New Art Exchange (online)
Thursday 25 February at 5pm
Details to come


Join UoNSU for their programme of events. More details can be found on the SU events page.

  • Welfare Wednesday post. This will occur every Wednesday throughout February both on our Instagram page and facebook.
  • Games Night 7-9pm 4th February (Online via MS teams )
  • Queer short films night 11th February (these will be posted on facebook and can be accessed at anytime)
  • Drag bingo with Roughtrade 11th February (a small business in Nottingham) 7:30- 8:30pm via zoom
  • Family project quiz night 18th February 7-8:30 (online MS teams)

Queer Shorts Film Night,
Thursday 11th February 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm

Join the UoNSU LGBT+ Network to watch a selection of queer short films and documentaries, hosted by Louisa. There will be a range of funny, heart-warming, curious and unique shorts (each between 3 and 20 mins long), exploring many areas of the LGBT community and culture around the world. The films we will be watching are:

Take Me To Prom, Muxes, Hallelujah – a queer circus film, Bunny, The Swimming Club, and more!

Full details on the films including any content warnings are available in this document.

The films will be shared over Teams in our UoNSU LGBT+ Network film socials channel: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3ae7dbf364f244454d9f5af8afed473f45%40thread.tacv2/Film%2520Socials?groupId=a504f859-3c8e-44a7-81e9-33ee5c8121b7&tenantId=67bda7ee-fd80-41ef-ac91-358418290a1e

You can easily be added as a guest with an external email address (one not connected to the university system) – just contact Louisa at pmylr@nottingham.ac.uk

Queerness and Disability
24th February 18:00-19:00 MS Teams

Join the Disabled Students Officer, Maxime (they/them), for a discussion about disability, queerness, and the interconnection of these communities.

We will be discussing the queer and disabled identities, the history of our shared rights, and the future for the queer disabled community.

This event is part of the LGBT+ History Month celebrations headed by the LGBT+ Officer and Network and ran by the Disabled Students’ Network. ”

Film screening: Pride
Wednesday 3 March 2021: from 4pm – 6.30pm
Join on Microsoft Teams

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the School of Sociology and Social Policy will be screening the 2014 documentary film Pride. This event will take place at 4-6.30pm on Wednesday 3 March. It will be presented on MS Teams with an introduction from Doctoral Researcher, Tiago Machado Costa. After the film there will be time for discussion of the issues raised in the film. This event is free to attend and staff and students are welcome.

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