LGBT History Month 2018


LGBT History Month is observed across the UK each February, and the University has teamed up with the Staff Rainbow Network and the Guild of Students to organise a series of thought-provoking events that are open to all visitors: staff, students, friends, and the wider community, whether or not they identify as LGBTQ.

Professor Tim Jones

Professor Tim Jones

Provost and Vice Principal

“The University is proud of its diverse staff and student bodies and recognises the significant contribution LGBTQ people have made to the University, both as a research intensive institution and as a welcoming place to work. Celebrating History Month is an important part of our commitment to supporting LGBTQ equality amongst our staff, students and the wider community.”

LGBT History Month 2018 programme

Launch Event, Friday 2 February (12:30 - 13:30)

All welcome to join the Rainbow Network for refreshments, networking and the chance to find out more about the events on offer. 

Coming out through the generations, Thursday 1 February (18:00 - 20:30) Doors open at 17:45

As part of LGBT History month and Careers Network’s Work Experience Week, we are exploring how the LGBT community has changed over time and the impact this has placed on career prospects. Hear personal stories of professionals about their experiences of making successful applications, developing their careers and coming out at work.

Out and About in Birmingham, Monday 5 February (12:15 – 13:45)

The 2018 theme for LGBT History Month is Geography. In this event, Cultural Geographer, Dr Phil Jones will explore what constitutes a queer space and how these spaces are evolving in response to legal, cultural and technological changes. Dr Nicki Ward will then Chair a panel discussion inviting recollections and experiences of the Gay Village in Birmingham and identifying distinctive features of the queer spaces in our City.   

Towards Best Practice: Diversity and Professional Placement Learning Environments (The DAPPLE Study), Friday 9 February (09:30-14:30)

Venue: Nicolson Building, Winterbourne House (G11 on campus map
This engagement event presents the initial findings from an exciting research study undertaken at the University of Birmingham, the focus of which was exploring the education and support provided to students on professional degree programmes around LGBTQ+ inclusivity. 

‘Gender, Sexuality and Ambiguity’, Celebrating LGBTQ History Month, Tuesday 13 February (11:30 and 13:15)

Free talks at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts  Back by popular demand! No booking required. 

Brief Encounter and the Noel Coward Archive, Wednesday 14 February (17:30 - 20:00)

'Brief Encounter', starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard 
Noël Coward wrote a play about an affair...written with such empathy, such observation, and such tender agony. This man knew what he was writing about. Imagine being gay in the 1930s and you begin to understand ‘Brief Encounter’ (Emma Rice). Celebrate LGBT History Month and enjoy popcorn, snacks and a glass of something while watching the film.

PRIDE, followed by panel discussion and refreshments, Thursday 15 February (17:00 – 20:00)

The extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership. This award winning film is set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners.  

Global Marriage Equality, Monday 26 February (18:00-20:00)

Birmingham Law School is looking to host the talk on global marriage equality pm 26 February for LGBT History Month. Contact for more information.

Be the person you were born to be: Homosexuality, religion and coming out, Wednesday 28 February (18:30 - 20:00)

Matt, Founder of the Naz and Matt Foundation, will present a short film on his experiences followed by a talk. There will then be a Q&A and panel discussion with Matt, representatives from the local LGBTQI+ community, University Chaplaincy, a young adult psychiatrist and others.  

Contribute to the LGBT Scholarship Blog

Dr Nicola Gale will also be curating a blog on all things LGBTQ throughout LGBT History Month. If you would like to contribute to the LGBT Scholarship Blog, please contact Nicola.

Student led events

For details of all student events please see:

University of Birmingham LGBTQ Association

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