February is LGBT History Month

Tuesday 10-02-2015 - 17:10


LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month

We wanted to share with you what is happening across the university and the community this month to recognise LGBT History month.

We are very proud of our student groups and sports teams to being a part of this celebration. We are hosting the first big Quiz on 11 Feb and can't wait to see you all there.

Below is some further information, collated by our friend at the university, Aaron Pile, head of the LGBT network here at Salford.

Every year the University hosts events for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) History month - four weeks celebrating the lives, culture and achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities.

This year colleagues and students have come together to produce an exciting and innovative programme for colleagues, students and the general public in collaboration with counterparts at Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester.

LGBT History Month takes place in February each year and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community in Britain and Northern Ireland. This year the theme is “History”.

First organised in the USA in October 1994, LGBT History Month inspired a UK counterpart in February 2005 initiated by the LGBT equality organisation Schools OUT. Originally known as the 'Gay Teachers' Group', Schools OUT works towards achieving LGBT equality in education. Their work seeks to challenge homophobia in the sector.

Salford LGBT logoSpeaking about the month's activities and celebrations Arron Pile, Student & Graduate Diversity Officer in Student Life and Chair of the LGBT Staff Network, said “LGBT History Month is a fantastic time to celebrate the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people. The month is not about the LGBT community celebrating our own achievements but rather everyone coming along and enjoying the events no matter what sexuality you identify with. This year we have worked with MMU and Manchester Universities to come up with a programme for all so we hope to see you at some of the events!"

Find out more about the LGBT History Month events (Link to webpage when established)

A few Salford-led highlights include:

  • Queer Media Festival at MediaCityUK, Saturday 7 February
  • The Great Big Stonewall Quiz Night, Wednesday 11 February, Atmosphere
  • An Evening with Jackie Kay, the University's Chancellor and Writer in Residence, Friday 20 February
  • Staff Development: LGBT Awareness Training, Tuesday 24 February.

On 14 February there is a free talk at the Working Class Movement Library with Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) and David Donovan, South Wales National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who helped inspire the recent hit film PrideFind out more about this event.

In addition, sports teams from across the universities will be wearing rainbow-coloured laces throughout the month in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces, the campaign to kick homophobia out of football. The Union is proud to support this very special campaign. 

We hope you have a fantastic LGBT History Month, and if you do go to any of the events listed, make sure you tweet about them, using #lgbthm15.

To find out more email Arron Pile on a.pile@salford.ac.uk.


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