Exemplary equality work at Leicester gains national recognition

Posted by ap507 at Jun 29, 2018 04:00 PM |
One of the UK’s most significant LGBT+ awards ceremony is to feature exemplary work by the University of Leicester

Issued by the University of Leicester on 29 June 2018  

  • LGBT+ Staff Forum named Stonewall LGBT East Midlands Staff Network of the Year
  • Both the LGBT+ Staff Forum and Research Centre for Museums and Galleries nominated for national Pink News Awards

One of the UK’s most significant LGBT+ awards ceremony is to feature exemplary work by the University of Leicester.

The University features in nominations for the Pink News Awards which take place on October 2018.

The University’s Staff LGBT+ Forum and Prejudice and Pride, an ambitious and high profile public programme led by the National Trust in partnership with the University’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) as the lead research partner, have both been nominated for the awards.

In addition, the LGBT+ Staff Forum has also been recognised for its work in advancing LGBT equality at the University of Leicester by Stonewall when it was named Stonewall LGBT East Midlands Staff Network of the Year.

The Co-Chairs of the University’s LGBT+ Staff Forum, Manish Masuiri and Hannah Congrave, and the University’s LGBT+ Action Group, Professor Dave Clarke, collected their award alongside the University of Birmingham Staff Forum, who were recognised as West Midlands Staff Network of the Year, at the award ceremony.

Manish and Hannah said: “It is a great honour to be selected and awarded the accolade of Network Group of the Year by Stonewall. This is testament to all of the hard work and efforts of those helping out with Forum events, as well as the support of the wider membership of the Group. We hope to continue our successes and strive to provide robust support and advice, organise meaningful events and help shape University policy to enable a safe working environment for all of our LGBT+ staff and their allies”.

The Pink Awards nominations for the University’s LGBT+ Staff Forum and for Museum Studies provides further acknowledgement of Leicester’s efforts to advance equality.

Museum Studies  is nominated for the work of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) who collaborated with the National Trust on a major research project to enrich and inform the Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme. (is this a better link? - https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/rcmg/projects/prejudice-and-pride-1

During 2017, a series of events and celebrations told the stories of the people who challenged conventional notions of gender and sexuality and who shaped the properties in which they lived.  This formed part of the nation’s commemoration to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The University of Leicester team, led by Professor Richard Sandell, worked especially closely with a number of Trust properties to not only tell previously hidden stories for the first time but to break new ground in the way those stories are researched, presented and used to engage the public in debates around contemporary LGBTQ equality.

Stephen Fry supported the University of Leicester – National Trust collaboration to tackle prejudice through the celebration of LGBTQ heritage

Stephen Fry commented:

“Some have asked why Prejudice & Pride is necessary – why the lives of people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality should be made public and celebrated in this way. The answer is quite simple – to do anything less is to suggest that same-sex love and gender diversity is somehow wrong, and keeping these stories hidden only lets prejudice – past and present - go unchallenged.”

Professor Richard Sandell, from the University of Leicester, commented:

“50 years on from the partial decriminalisation it is tempting to think that LGBTQ equality has been achieved but sadly the reality is that many – especially young people – continue to face prejudice and discrimination today, sometimes with devastating consequences. We have equality in many areas of the law but there is a need to build greater public understanding which is where our collaboration with the National Trust has made its biggest impact.”

You can find out more about the Pink Awards here



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