LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month 2023 banner

LGBTQ+ History Month takes place across the UK every February. The University of Birmingham offers an exciting and diverse programme of events with all students, staff and the wider community warmly invited to join us in celebrating and commemorating LGBTQ+ history.

At Birmingham we celebrate our diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members of the University can flourish. We are delighted to support LGBTQ+ History Month, which is an important component of our Equality Programme. We will continue to raise awareness of issues facing LGBTQ+ members of our community, as well as celebrating their significant contributions and achievements.

Professor Stephen Jarvis, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to support LGBTQ+ History Month at Birmingham. Please attend as many as you can and encourage others to do the same. If you are a member of the Rainbow Network or the Allies scheme, please wear your Network or Scheme lanyard during February. If you are not a member, consider joining the Rainbow Network or joining the LGBTQ+ Allies Scheme.   

Finally this is a great time to get inspired and think about putting on your own event as part of the programme for next year.  Please share details of your event via the event submission form.

List of events


1-28 February

  To celebrate LGBTQ+ history month Cadbury Reseach Library launches four updated LGBTQ related Flickr albums

Various dates

12:00 - 15:00 Free sexual health and rapid HIV testing and wellbeing signposting sessions

6 February

11:30 - 13:00 A walk through queer history:  Rose Sidgwick and memory at the University of Birmingham

6 February

18:30 - 19:30 Looking for diamonds: Adventures in LGBTQ+ history

7 February

12:00 - 14:00 LGBTQ Allies workshop

9 February

10:00 - 11:00 The Great British HR Bake Off 

9 February

18:00 - 20:00 MDS and Medsoc LGBTQ+ welcomes Greg Owen

13 February

17:00 - 19:00

B-Film Queer Horror Screening + introduction on Queer Horror History

15 February

various timeslots

Diamonds in the rough: LGBT history walking tour

16 February

13:00 - 13:45

Michael and Henry: The Nineteenth Century Poetic Wives from Birmingham

20 February

13:00 - 14:00


LGBT history in our own words - a presentational talk by Dr Clare Summersjill


21 February

16:00 - 19:00

Promoting school safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students in secondary school

23 February

13:00 - 14:00

Women's Network LGBTQ+ month book club. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

24 February

09:00 - 17:30

STEM, LGBTQ & You 2023 - The oSTEM UK Regional Conference 2023

26 February

09:30 - 18:00

National Museum of Computing located in Bletchely 

28 February

12:00 - 14:00 LGBTQ Allies workshop (exisiting allies only) This in person workshop is for people who are already part of the UoB LGBTQ allies group