University of Leicester celebrates LGBT history month

Posted by ap507 at Feb 12, 2016 11:05 AM |
Talk on Faith and Sexual Orientation and debut film to be screened

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 12 February 2016

The University of Leicester is celebrating LGBT History Month with two events for staff, students and the public.

On 15 February, a talk on Faith and Sexual Orientation was delivered at the Attenborough Arts Centre by Dianna Anderson from Oxford University.

As part of the month, there will also be a film, I Can’t Think Straight, to be shown on 25 February at 4pm, in Studio 1 at the Attenborough Arts Centre. The film, based on faith and sexual orientation, will be followed by a live Skype discussion with the producer.

I Can’t Think Straight is the film début of Shamim Sarif, a British writer and filmmaker of Muslim South Asian heritage. It is described as ‘a film about the meeting of two worlds and two cultures: it tells the love story of Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a young British Muslim woman based in London, and Tala (Lisa Ray), a Christian Arab woman of Palestinian heritage who spends her time between Jordan and London. Cultures, religious values and the demands societies put on human desire are at stake in this highly autobiographical feature film.’

The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity.

This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

Professor Mark Peel, Provost of the University of Leicester, said: “While I have always and openly identified as a gay man, there has been a remarkable transformation during the last decade - and even the last several years - in the willingness of others to recognise not just the undeniable fact of diversity but the value of diversity in thinking about what we do.

“My values and approaches as an academic leader reflect my different experience and my different perspective. Where that was once a bit of a problem—because I might not be ‘right’ for a role—it is now understood as more of an advantage.”

More information on Dianna Anderson here: http://diannaeanderson.net/about

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