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Find out about activities taking place at City and in the community to celebrate the month.

Published Tuesday, 28th January, 2020 in University news

This February, get involved in LGBT+ History Month. The month recognises LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) communities’ history, civil rights movements, lives and experiences and promotes diversity and equality in society.

To mark the month here at City, there’s lots of different activities for students and staff to share their stories, improve awareness of the challenges faced by people in the community and celebrate successes of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Look out on social media for more information and ways to get involved.

We have lots of support at City to support members of these communities, as well as the SU's LGBT Society who hold socials, attend campaigns and run educational events on campus. We're also continuing to develop more guidance and support through the TIGNC (Transgender, Intersex and Gender Non-Conforming) policy and working group. You can find out more about all of these on the Student Hub.

Throughout February, there's a huge variety of events taking place at City and in the community:

Date and time

Activity

Location

Wednesday 5th February, 7.00pm-9.30pm

OUTing the Past: Series of short talks about LGBTQ+ history in the library of the Bishopsgate Institute.

Bishopsgate Institute

230 Bishopsgate

London

EC2M 4QH

Free

Thursday 6th February, 6.00-pm-8.30pm

Film screening: But I’m a Cheerleader

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn’t that crazy about him. So she’s stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation.

ELG02, City

Free

Tuesday 11th February, 6.00pm-7.00pm

The History of the London Gay (and Lesbian) Teenage Group at the Finsbury Library:

Dr Clifford Williams charts the origins of the first officially registered gay youth group in Britain and looks at the role the Boroughs of Islington and Cadmen played in the early history of organised LGBT youth support.

Finsbury Library, 245 Saint John Street

London, EC1V 4NB

Free

Every day w/c Monday 17th February

12.00pm-1.30pm

Those who want to remember, reflect or pray for people they know who have suffered as a result of homophobia, transphobia or other forms of hate crime can come along for quiet reflection, or to discuss their experiences with the Chaplaincy Team.

Multi-Faith Room, City,

Free

Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd February,

7.30pm-8.30pm

How we Love (Vault Festival 2020):

A theatre production forming part of the Vaults festival follows a gay investigative journalist and his lesbian best friend in Lewisham who decide to marry as a ‘cover’ to help them safely expose the inhumane treatment of LGBTQIA+ people in Nigeria.

The Vaults , Leake St, London, SE1 7NN

Tickets from £10.00

Wednesday 19th February, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Film screening and Q&A with director, Charlie Shackleton: Lasting Marks

Lasting Marks is a short documentary based on Operation Spanner, a police case from the Thatcher era where 16 men were convicted of crimes filming consensual sadomasochistic behaviour. The case marked an important moment in LGBT history as the men were convicted of a supposed crime they fully consented to.

C300, City

Free

Monday 24th – Friday 28th February: Exhibition in the Pavilion