Behind the Rainbow: Demystifying LGBTQIA+

  • Start Date: February 24, 2023 at 1:00 pm
  • End Date: February 24, 2023 at 3:00 pm
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  • Location: Hybrid event: Great Hall, Trent Building or online via Microsoft Teams
  • Ticket Price: 0.00

Our Central Event in this year’s LGBT+ History Month celebrations aims to raise awareness of the lesser-known characteristics within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, including trans and non-binary identities, for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and understanding in this space.

The event is open to staff and students who feel they could benefit from learning more about ‘what they don’t know they don’t know’ about the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

It will be a mixture of Q&A/panel discussion which will be held in the Great Hall of the Trent Building, University Park Campus.

Audience members can submit questions in advance, via this form, to our panel of guest speakers.

The session will be followed by a catered networking opportunity (2-3pm).


Dr Hongwei Bao

Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at UoN, UK. Trained as a cultural historian, he has published four books on Chinese queer history and culture. Besides being an academic, he is also a writer of creative fiction and non-fiction. His creative work has appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Positions Politics, Shanghai Literary Review, Write On and Words Without Borders.

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen has recently undertaken a PhD in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. Her research looks at asexual people’s use of the online community AVEN (the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network), and in particular how their language use allows them to communicate their identities. She is currently working in the University’s Business School as an Operations Officer.

Professor Carrie Paechter

Carrie Paechter works in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Her research interests include gender, power and knowledge, how we conceptualise hegemonic gender forms, and how children construct and understand their identities. She is particularly interested in children and young people’s embodied identities and how children are understood by themselves and other actors in different social worlds, including the school, the home and the peer group.

Laurie May Atkinson

Laurie May Atkinson is a Nottingham-based psychotherapist specialising in gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. Their practice is intersectional, feminist and trauma-informed. Outside of the therapy space, they provide consultancy and training on diversity, inclusion and health for sex/gender diverse communities.

Jo Peek

Jo is a Methodist lay chaplain and has been part of chaplaincy and faith support since September 2019. She was raised in the church but left as a teenager before returning in her mid-twenties. Jo is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is very passionate about increasing the inclusivity of chaplaincy and spreading the word that chaplaincy is for everyone.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to register for the event anonymously, please type ‘Anonymous’ in the first three fields of the form.

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