Event listings

lgbt branding 2019Friday 1 February

Peace and LGBT+ Communities

12.00pm-2.00pm Charles Wilson Park Lounge

Following the 2019 theme “peace, reconciliation and activism” Grant Denkinson (David Wilson Library) will be joined by three guests who have been working for peace in various ways: Hannah Brock, Symon Hill and Zina Zelter. This will be a question and answer style session. We’ll start with some questions about how our guests have experienced how peace building and LGBT+ life have interacted and we’ll welcome more questions from the room.


LGBT+ History March

2.00pm-3.00pm Charles Wilson Steps

Meet at the Charles Wilson Steps for the start of our LGBT+ History March. The march will begin at 2.30pm, but please arrive from 2.00pm onwards. The Student Experience team will be on hand to give out multi-coloured hats! Bring your flags, wear something multi-coloured and join us! All staff and students are welcome. Organised by the LGBTQ+ Society.

You don't need to book for this event, but please fill out this form to express your interest, so we know how many people to expect.


Words from Between by Elijah W Harris

6.30pm-8.00pm Leicester LGBT Centre 15 Wellington St, LE1 6HH

Transgender actor Elijah W Harris will be visiting his home city of Leicester this LGBT+ History Month. After successes in his field, playing the lead in critically acclaimed film Bleach which premiered at the BFI and soon to be performing at the Shepard's Bush Theatre. He will be joining in our celebrations by conducting a reading and taking part in an "in conversation" session with childhood friend and now Co-Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Forum, Hannah Congrave. This will be followed by a Q&A session about growing up as LGBT+ in Leicester and what it means to be a transgender actor in theatre, film and TV.

Booking necessary, please book your place here.

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Monday 4 February

Museums and the Transgender Tipping Point: E-J Scott and Richard Sandell

6.00pm-7.30pm Museum Studies Building,19 University Road LE1 7RF

Richard Sandell and E-J Scott (dress historian and curator) will discuss the Museum of Transology – the first major exhibition in the UK (if not the world) to explore trans lives using the material culture surrounding them; an iconic museum project that has attracted enormous public interest and evoked extraordinarily powerful responses amongst visitors.


Wednesday 6 February

Bring out your books

12.00pm-1.00pm Meeting Room 2, David Wilson Library

This is an opportunity for students and staff to come together and share and discuss films and books that impacted them in respect of the sexual and gender identity. Bring your book along and get involved!


Leics Talk about LGBT+ History Month

6.00pm-8.00pm Gee’s Diner, Students’ Union

We will discuss the barriers students can face due to their sexual orientation and explore how we can keep pushing forward.

(This event is for students only)


Thursday 7 February

Jessica Lynn: The Butterfly Project 2018/19 World Tour

6.30pm-8.00pm Leicester LGBT Centre 15 Wellington St, LE1 6HH

In recent years, Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador, Jessica Lynn, has gained notoriety for her activism on behalf of the transgender community. Her experience, exuberance, and extraordinary life produce a presentation that has put her on over 700 stages in 22 different countries. After a prejudiced Texas judge stripped her of all parental rights to her youngest son, Ms. Lynn dedicated her life to combating the intolerance and ignorance of the public toward peoples who share her plight. Addressing audiences unabashedly and answering any-and-all questions has earned Ms. Lynn worldwide renown, the prestige of a Stonewall School Role Model, and a position advising the medical community by request of the National Health Service England.

Bookings necessary, please book your place here.

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Comic Trans
8pm – 10.30pm, Attenborough Arts Centre
Suitable for ages 18+

We present the chance to hear stories that you may not usually hear with the leading transgender comedians on the circuit. Join us for Comic Trans, featuring the award-nominated Laura Monmoth and headlined by everyone’s favourite Bethany Black (as seen on Chanel 4’s Cucumber and BBC’s Dr Who), plus support from Jessie Johnson, Ava Liversidge and many more.

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Monday 11 February

What The Hell is Non-Binary?

12.00pm-3.00pm Attenborough Film Theatre

A light-hearted look at what it means to have a non-binary gender identity, why you should know about it, with Jack David. There will be a presentation, followed by a Q&A session.

This will be split into two sessions: 12.30-1.30pm and 2.00-3.00pm.

Tuesday 12 February

LGBT+ Personal Histories Panel

5.00pm-8.00pm Council Suite, Fielding Johnson Building

This panel discussion will focus on the personal histories of individuals identifying with any strand of LGBT+. The conversation will be led by the Chairs of the LGBT+ Staff Forum who, by sharing their own backgrounds, can draw out personal and shared experiences from the panel and the audience. Come along to this event to be moved, humoured, educated and enlightened. Speakers on the panel include creator of LGBT+ History Month Sue Sanders, Ian Cameron (UNITE), Prof. Dave Clarke and others.

Booking necessary, please book your place here.


Wednesday 13 February

Film screening: Miseducation of Cameron Post

7.00pm-8.30pm Attenborough Film Theatre

Come along to a free film screening of the Miseducation of Cameron Post; Desiree Akhavan's drama tracking the doubts and defiance of a teenager sent to a gay conversion facility in 90s Montana.


Thursday 14 February

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

7.30pm-8.30pm Attenborough Arts Centre

Suitable for ages 16+

Joe Sutherland brings his hit Edinburgh Fringe show to Leicester, featuring glitteringly glamorous and deeply dark, razor-sharp jokes and stories in a stand-up show all about gender. Tackling masculinity, veganism and bogies; we love Joe’s hilarious cynicism and shrewd sarcasm.

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Tuesday 19 February

Games Night

(Note: this event was originally scheduled for Monday 18 February)

7.00pm onwards Firebug Bar, 1 Millstone Lane

Head to Firebug Bar for some friendly competitive fun with board games and retro video gaming. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

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Wednesday 20 February

From Celluloid Comrades to Digital Video Activism: Queer Filmmaking in Postsocialist China by Hongwei Bao

5.30pm-7.00pm Attenborough Film Theatre

This talk will trace a brief genealogy of queer filmmaking in the contemporary PRC context by introducing key titles and filmmakers. It will also consider how queer films in China critically engage with issues of gender, sexuality, identity and postsocialist politics. Dr Hongwei Bao is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham. His research primarily focuses on queer film, community media, and political activism in contemporary China. He is the author of Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China (NIAS Press, 2018).


Thursday 21 February

LGBT+ History Month Global Café

6.00pm-8.00pm Graduate Lounge

Join us at the fortnightly Global Café where we celebrate different cultures, meet new people and enjoy free food and snacks. This week we are exploring LGBT+ History Month through craft, game and activities!

(This event is for students only)


Odd Encounter

7.00pm-8.30pm Attenborough Arts Centre

Suitable for ages 12+ BSL interpreted

In a mash-up of cabaret, theatre show and wedding reception, we ask if the whole idea of finding ‘The One’ has always been a bit misguided and is simply a bit old fashioned now. In a show for the age of Harvey Weinstein and #metoo, sit back and enjoy cake and bubby (yes, really) as we lift the lid on love and sex, beginnings and endings, and the passage of time.

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Wednesday 27 February

Quiz night @ Firebug

7.30pm onwards Firebug Bar, 1 Millstone Lane

Come and test you general knowledge and more at this year’s LGBT+ Quiz Night. Teams should include no more than five people. Prizes will be awarded to the most clued up team!

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Pride in Science

Physics Building foyer

The department of Physics & Astronomy is proud to showcase our “Pride in Science” display, where we have profiled over 50 LGBT+ scientists from around the world! Come and learn about some amazing science, and the challenges LGBT+ scientists face.

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