Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

This February, the University and city partners are hosting a range of events and learning opportunities to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of the histories, experiences, struggles and culture of people within the LGBTQ+ community.

This year’s official LGBT+ History Month theme ‘Behind the Lens’celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens. Directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, make-up artists, lighting directors, musicians, choreographers and beyond.


1. LGBT+ Rights: Past, Present and Future with Professor Nicola Barker

The Guild are delighted to welcome Professor Nicola Barker from the University for this free event which is part of the Guild’s LGBT+ History Month 2023 celebrations.

When: 8 February, 1.30-3pm

Where: The Library, Liverpool Guild of Students

Book: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/lgbt-rights-past-present-and-future-with-professor-nicola-barker-6061

2. LGBT+ Students’ Meet Up

Join us for our LGBT+ Students’ Meet Up, where you can discuss the issues that affect LGBT+ students at University, meet students who share your identity and experiences, and find out how to be supported in campaigning for the changes you want to see.

When: 9 February, 2-3pm, 7 March, 2-3pm and 25 April, 1-2pm

Where: The Library, Liverpool Guild of Students

More info: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/lgbt-students-meet-up-7c2b

3. LGBTQ+ History Month: Zine Making

Whether you’re a seasoned zine maker or completely new, all experience and skill levels are welcome at this LGBTQ+ History Month event from the Guild. Materials and guidance will be provided to cut, stick, draw, or write your own DIY publication from scratch. You can choose any topic for your zine, it doesn’t have to be LGBTQ+-related, just come along and have fun!

When: 17 February, 1-4pm

Where: The Library, Liverpool Guild of Students

Book: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/lgbtq-history-month-zine-making

4. Deconstructing Transphobia: On Inclusivity in Activist Spaces

An exploration of inclusive language, practices, and allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming people and communities. This workshop includes definitions, examples, and resources accessible to various learning styles, and is adaptable depending on the needs of the group.

When: 22 February, 11am-12pm

Where: Harold Wilson Room, Liverpool Guild of Students

Book: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/deconstructing-transphobia-on-inclusivity-in-activist-spaces

5. Inclusive Imaginations Displays

  • The Descendants Talk, Galleries 6 and 7, 10 February 2pm, Victoria Gallery & Museum
    Ean Flanders will provide a tour of his new exhibition explaining the Descendants project and his photographic process. He will provide some expert advice for those wanting to take their own photography to the next level and at the end of the tour there will be an opportunity to ask Ean questions.
  • Stranger Loves: LGBTQ+ Science Fiction Workshop, 21 February, Leggate Lecture Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum
    Artist Louise Waller will lead a workshop exploring LGBTQ+ themes and imagery found in the University’s Science Fiction Hub – the largest catalogued collection of science fiction in Europe!
  • Femorabilia: the World of Women’s Magazines, 7 March, Leggate Lecture Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum
    Join artist Louise Waller as she explores the imagery and stories in girls’ and women’s magazines from Bunty to Spare Rib held in LJMU’s Femborabilia collection.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/inclusive-imaginations-1697179

6. LGBT+ History Month events taking place across the North West

There are plenty of events and activities taking place across the wider region to celebrate and mark LGBT+ History Month. Find an event near you.

Rainbow Laces campaign returns

Sport Liverpool are marking the month by asking staff and students to wear rainbow laces in their shoes to help tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports.

To get involved, you can get rainbow laces from the Stonewall website and wear them from 13-19 February. If you take part in Rainbow Laces 2023, remember to share your photos online with us @LivUni or @SportLiverpool using the hashtags #LivUniLGBTplus #RainbowLaces.

LGBT+ Society

The LGBT+ society at the University of Liverpool aims to brings its members together in a safe and fun social environment, and campaign for change and progress for LGBT+ rights in society.  Find out more about the society.

LGBTQ+ History Month at National Museums Liverpool

Uniting people online for a celebration of LGBTQ+ histories and individuals. Delve into insightful interviews and opinion pieces inspired by NML’s rich collections and commitment to sharing the experiences of Liverpool’s long and diverse LGBTQ+ history.