What is LGBT+ History Month?

LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual trans, and non-binary history, including the history of LGBT+ rights and related civil rights movements. In the United Kingdom it is celebrated in February each year, to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28. LGBT+ History Month was initiated in the UK by Schools Out UK and first took place in February 2005. The event is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBT+ people and history.

The theme for LGBT+ History Month this year is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ so lots of our events this year will focus on mindfulness, and wellbeing.

Many of our events across the whole university will carry on throughout the year, but this is just a flavour of what you can expect during February.

Student events

  • A careers event for students on the 11th February 2021 – 6pm – 7:15pm, with panellists from Accenture, EDF Energy, and the Diversity Trust discussing what it is like being a member of the LGBT+ community in the workplace. You can find out more about this topic here. Careers team have also published a useful blog summarising all key LGBT+ History Month activities on offer for students and staff.

  • The Wellbeing Team will be running an anxiety workshop, a safe space to drop in and discuss some of the challenges associated with being LGBT+. Find out more by reaching out to Wellbeing Team here.

  • Putting the PGR in LGBT+: An Informal Chat about Being an LGBT+ Doctoral Student. Register here

Events open to all

  • Library has put together a list of books that celebrates LGBT+ voices and includes novels, biographies and non-fiction recommended by students, staff and the SU.

  • An LGBT Faith Q&A session on the 24th at 6.30pm. Find more info and book your place here

  • STV will run two Yoga sessions on 18th and 25th February, sign up and find more info here.

  • A panel event with IBM organised by the School of Management (SoM) on Thursday 18th Feb at 13:30-14:30. Title: How has the pandemic affected the LGBTQ+ community? A discussion with IBM. Reach out to Molly for more info.

  • Staff and students are invited to use LGBT Teams backgrounds produced for you by our colleagues in ED&I and Comms teams.

  • Luke Fletcher Research Lecture on 23rd of February at 3pm. This talk will provide an overview of a recent research report commissioned and published by the CIPD (and involving Dr Luke Fletcher from the School of Management) into the working lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. Sign up here.

  • SoM Makeup masterclass on 19th of February at 6:30pm. Register and find more info here.

  • To keep our spirits high, we will be working collaboratively with other Universities in the region. From a staff social with Bath Spa to coffee networking opportunity for staff and PGR students. Contact our LGBT+ Staff and PGR student network Kaleidoscope to find out more.

  • LGBT+ History Month Art Workshop by Kaleidoscope. Find out more and book here.

  • During the month of February, we will be interviewing some prominent LGBT+ members of our University community through ‘Staff Spotlight’.

  • There will be a showcase of 28 Days of LGBT+ History across a number of our communication channels, highlighting the contribution of people from the LGBT+ community to our lives. For more info, visit the webpage. #Queeroes

External events

  • Bath & North East Somerset Council is organising a virtual LGBT+ History tour of Bath. Find out more about the history of Bath’s LGBT+ community, along with the history of local organisations that have offered support and undertaken LGBT+ campaigns in the Bath area. The virtual tour will take place on Thursday 25 February from 6p.m. to 7p.m and will be led by Robert Howes from Gay West. Register in advance for this webinar here.

  • PRISM Exeter event. Join in hearing from meteorologist Dr Melissa Brooks ("Developing a global atmospheric model (and myself)") and research fellow Dr Alex Dudgeon ("Optical diagnostic methods: shining it where the sun doesn't shine”) who will discuss their own research and their personal experiences as LGBTQ+ researchers in their chosen fields. More information and a link to register can be found here.

  • Joining LGBT+ History Month Workshop

  • Why not watch the LGBT+ History Month UK YouTube Channel

  • BBC History has its LGBTQ+ History Month page, looking at the progress the BBC has made in its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people since 1922. The site includes: Timelines, articles, a special Gaytime TV feature, and a Share Your Memories page to encourage people to upload their experiences of watching and listening to LGBTQ+ programming over the years.

  • Watch “Just Me” – film by Adam Tyler. Just Me is a powerful thirteen-minute film from BAFTA-winning educational channel TrueTube, about a young couple who are fighting to keep their relationship together when one of them comes out as gender non-binary. The short drama’s script was developed in consultation with charity Gendered Intelligence, for classroom use, and the film is free to use for everybody. The filmmakers hope it can help any non-binary or gender non-conforming young people feel seen and validated, be used as a tool to increase understanding for non-binary and other trans young people’s experiences, and help model positive communication about gender and identity.

  • Engage with the LGBT+ Month educational and resource pack

  • Discover what is going on in the South West region with Gay West

  • “Being Queer Asian” event is organised by the University of Birmingham and supported by various LGBT community groups. It will feature an insightful discussion on the dynamics between Western experience and local values in their pursuit of advancing LGBT equality in their countries and areas. This event will be chaired by Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), Executive Lead for LGBT+ Equality, University of Birmingham.

  • Attend Bristol Pride on Saturday 10th July

  • Find out about Pride events across the UK