The University Celebrates LGBT History Month

February sees the start of celebrations to mark LGBT History month in the UK, and the University will be taking part.

Each year in the UK the month of February is known as LGBT History Month, a month used to celebrate and mark the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. LGBT History Month first began in the UK in 2005, and this year marks a number of important anniversaries. It is the 40th anniversary of the murder of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor, and it is also 40 years since the launch of the rainbow flag.

If you want to find out more about LGBT History Month and see what events are being run across the UK, you can check out the official website here: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

LGBT+ Officer Ashleigh Mills

LGBT+ Officer Ashleigh Mills gave her thoughts on the celebration of LGBT History Month at the University.

“I think that it’s super important that we look back on the history and how as a community we have progressed but also how far we still have to go. I also think that us as a university celebrating this month can show some students who maybe don’t want to be so vocal about their sexual/gender identity that this is a place where we celebrate people being their authentic selves and that we are an inclusive open university. For me as someone who identifies as bisexual it’s important to look back and be thankful and celebrate those before me who went through hell and back to allow me to freely express myself and love who I want to love. So yeah it is important to everyone not just those in the LGBT+ community to educate but also celebrate, and I am proud to be at a university who does make a point of celebrating this month.”

The University and Students’ Union are running a number of events this month to promote the celebration of LGBT History Month.

The University’s Eldon Building will be lighting up the front of its main building as a rainbow to celebrate.

In addition, the University will be collaborating with the Portsmouth Film Society to screen a number of LGBT+ related films throughout the month. The screenings will be every Wednesday at 7.30pm in Eldon Building.

There will also be a drop in session on Wednesday the 21st February at the Chaplaincy, for students to talk about LGBT+ equality in the UK as a part of Global Week.

If you are interested in finding out more about the LGBT+ society at the Students’ Union visit their page here: https://membership.upsu.net/group/lgbt-society

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