As part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, the University is hosting a series of events that aim to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
In the UK, LGBT History Month is observed during February, to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28, a law which banned local authorities from portraying homosexuality in a positive light.
Hayley Meloy, Co-Chair of the University’s LGBT Staff and Postgraduate Network, said: “It’s shocking to realise that it’s only 13 years since the repeal homophobic legislation like Section 28.
“We’ve come a long way since then in terms of equality in the UK, but there is still very much a need for events, like LGBT History Month, to raise awareness of LGBT lives and combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through education.”
Events to mark this month include:
Film Screening: The Celluloid Closet
Saturday 20th February, 2pm, Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery and Museum
This free film screening of the 1995 documentary, narrated by Lily Tomlin, surveys the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals, from silent movies up to the mid-90s, and addresses the attitudes behind them. Click here to register for a place.
Reading Group: Why Europe is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and why America never will be) Monday 29th February, 12pm, Sydney Jones Library
Preceding a lecture by Angelia Wilson, there will be an opportunity to discuss her book, ‘Why Europe is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and why America never will be).’ Click here to register for a place.
Lecture: Why Europe is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and why America never will be)
Monday 29th February, 5:45pm, Lecture Theatre 7 Rendall Building
Angela Wilson, Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester, presents a talk on what ‘lesbian and gay friendly’ policy changes in Western Europe tell us about narratives of ‘our’ politics.
Angela will explore what can be learnt from European success stories and how this helps understanding towards LGBT struggles in the increasingly partisan atmosphere of American political culture.
The talk will be introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Janet Beer and is sponsored by the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures. Doors open at 5:15. Click here to register for a place
For more information on LGBT History Month events taking place nationwide please visit the LGBT History Month website.
For advice or information regarding LGBT issues please visit the LGBT Staff & Postgraduate Network website.