LGBT History Month 2017
For the eighth year running The University of Manchester celebrated LGBT History Month throughout February. As well as the now traditional flying of the rainbow flag across our campus we used it as an opportunity to learn more about ourselves, our attitudes and how we can work better with each other and our local community. Events were spaced out over the month to allow people to attend as many as possible and we also varied the times to fit in with people’s timetables. From a film screening, to a book groups to talks from our academics each of the events was introduced by a member of the senior leadership team who used the time to focus in on a particular aspect of LGBT life, challenges faced and how we are working hard at the university for equality and inclusivity. Staff and students merged their regular coffee and cake events to talk about particular aspects of staff and student life and see how we can work together more effectively going forward. Another joint event saw our local ‘rivals’ and friends form Manchester Metropolitan University win our annual quiz! Next year we’ll be victorious!
We linked up with three regular events and added a splash of colour to them. Our monthly cycle to work and run to work events saw a boost in numbers with people commuting proudly wearing rainbow laces and ribbons. All sports teams we encouraged to ‘rainbow’ up for their fixtures on 22 February and this resulted in some innovative and inspirational ways to use rainbow items of clothing or paint!
Our final event of the month was a workshop with our local community partner ‘The Proud Trust’. They talked about their work and easy ways in which all university staff can support them. We also heard from three of their service users who talked about their own stories and struggles, but how valuable the support of The Proud Trust is. All delegates signed a pledge to help them and they promised to check back and hold us accountable.
All in all it was our most successful month with over 150 people attending the six bookable events. Add in those from the Rainbow Run, The Rainbow ride and the sports fixtures and we have well over 300 people supporting LGBT History Month. And just look at how much fun we all had with the laces alone:
Once again we will be celebrating LGBT History month throughout February with a number of varied events.
To make it easier for everyone, we have created Eventbrite booking pages for each event.
Wednesday 1 February: THE RAINBOW RIDE: in collaboration with UMBUG we're adding a splash of colour to the monthly ride to work and breakfast. Book here
Tuesday 7 February: BOOK CLUB: Join us for our first event for LGBT History Month 2017 to discuss Breakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe. Book here
Thursday 9 February: FILM SCREENING: The film version of the above book 'Breakfast on Pluto' starring Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. Book here
Tuesday 14 February: SEMINAR: Join us for a talk by Professor of Sociology at Manchester, Brian Heaphy, on the theme of 'Sexual Citizenship'. Book here
Wednesday 15 February: COFFEE AND CAKE: Take a break and come along to our social at Sidney St Cafe. Book here
NEW Monday 20 February: Jeanette Winterson in conversation with celebrated crime writer Val McDermid. More details here.
NEW Thursday 23 February: THE RAINBOW RUN: in collaboration with UMRUN we're adding a splash of colour to the monthly rundezvous and breakfast. Book here
Thursday 23 February: QUIZ AND NETWORKING: Come along with your team mates or join a team on the day. Food also provided. Just £1 entry which goes to charity. Book here
NEW Friday 24 February: THE BURNLEY PLAYS: In the 1970s, Burnley was the UK’s battleground for gay and lesbian rights. LGBT History Month has commissioned two brilliant new dramas to rediscover this amazing forgotten history. Tickets and more info here (Martin Harris Centre)
Tuesday 28 February: WORKSHOP: Learn all about the work of our partner, The Proud Trust and how you can be more involved. Book here
Don't forget to tweet your pictures and thoughts to @UOMLGBT
Aside from the events organised by ALLOUT there are a number of other things happening:
Gill Rossini - 4 February: The Struggle for LGBT Rights
Various productions as part of Queer Contact, 10-18th February: www.contactmcr.com
Celebrating Women in LGBT History - 26 February. Hosted by The Proud Trust this walk, talk and feast features those three things! More details and booking here
OUTing the past – 26 February: www.phm.org.uk/whatson/outing-the-past/
Stuart Milk - 26 February: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event/stuart-milk/?instance_id=3447