LGBT History Month 2019 — programme of events now available

January 23rd, 2019

The University of Nottingham’s programme of events for LGBT History Month 2019 is now online.

LGBT History Month is a powerful and thought-provoking event that takes place annually and aims to promote equality and diversity, for the benefit of everyone, by:

  • increasing the visibility of LBGT people, their history, lives and their experiences,
  • raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community and,
  • working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities.

The 2019 theme for LGBT History Month is ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’.

Read the blog from Max Biddulph, Chair, UoN LGBTQ Staff Network, and Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

Highlights from our LGBT History Month 2019 programme will include:

  • ‘Queer Chinese Representations on Transnational Screens’: A series of film screenings presented by the Centre of Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies
  • Working inclusively – teams 
    10-11.30am, Tuesday 12 February
    This workshop takes a practical approach to communicating and working with colleagues across the range of protected characteristics (age, race, etc). It outlines expectations and provides participants with the opportunity to discuss and identify best practice.
  • Talk: Lesbian mothers and practices of conception in post-war Britain
    5.30-6.30pm, Wednesday 13 February
    Rebecca Jennings, Lecturer in Modern Gender History, UCL, draws on her current research into lesbian relationships and parenting practices in post-war Britain and Australia to explore the history of lesbian motherhood in Britain between 1945 and 1978.
  • Film screening: The Killing of Sister George (18+)
    6-9pm, Wednesday 13 February 2019
    For its time, The Killing of Sister George was a ground breaking film, and one of the first films in history to be released with an ‘X’ rating in the United States. Set in 1968, it has historic meaning and is a landmark in queer cinema.
    Featuring an introduction and post-film discussion with Dr Sue Price, Assistant Professor in Counselling, School of Education.
  • Lecture/presentation and Q&A: Cultures, Identities, Sexualities: what makes for an inclusive Higher Education space?
    1-2pm, Thursday 14 February
    Reporting in 2018, Universities UK note that Higher Education in the UK has experienced consistent growth over the last decade with a change in the staff/student demographic to becoming progressively internationalized. In a parallel review, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA, 2017) note the polarization of attitudes towards gender and sexual minorities globally, with 72 countries criminalising same sex relations. What happens when this collision of people, faith, cultural diversity, values and attitudes inhabits the same higher education space? How can everyone get on and feel included?
    A presentation by Dr Max Biddulph, Chair, UoN LGBTQ Staff Network.
  • Pride in STEM – Nottingham Out Thinkers
    6.30-9pm, Monday 18 February
    Join Pride in STEM to celebrate LGBT+ History Month with some of the brightest sparks Nottingham has to offer! Meet some local LGBT_ heroes who will share with you their experiences of being out and proud in the world of science and research, and find out all about the incredible work they do.
    Presented by Pride in STEM.
  • Talk/Q&A: Queer in STEM: Why LGBT+ Diversity Matters
    12.30-1.30pm, Wednesday 20 February
    This informal lunch time session will explore the landscape of sexual orientation and gender identity in the academic workplace. Why is it important to embrace it? And how can we all help to make the university a better working environment? Featuring an open Q&A discussion with LGBT+ staff and students.
    Hosted by: Pride in STEM Charitable Trust
  • Brothers in Arms: sexuality, men and intimacies in the Great War
    7-8.30pm, Tuesday 26 February
    Weaving between family history, war poetry and other archival documents this performance-lecture event will explore the concept of ‘romantic friendships’ amongst the soldiers of the Great War.
    Directed by Martin Berry, with Dr Max Biddulph, Associate Professor, School of Education.
  • Talk/Q&A: Trans Journeys: Exploring Lived Intersectionality
    6pm, Thursday 28 February
    The concept of intersectionality originates with Kimberlé Crenshaw (1989) who reminds us that individuals have the potential to be intersected by multiple dimensions of identity which produce unique, powerful stories. So, responding to the theme of LGBT History Month 2019, Sarah Stephenson-Hunter will consider the ways in which peace, reconciliation and activism speak to her in her experience of being a trans woman living with a disability.

For full listings across the month, please visit the University of Nottingham’s events pages.

For updates throughout the month, subscribe to the People and Culture blog. Plus, don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LGBTHM19.

You can also find out more about our LGBT History Month programme by emailing the People and Culture team.

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