LGBT+ History Month: a time for reflection and celebration

Posted by cc576 at Feb 09, 2021 04:50 PM |
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As we celebrate LGBT+ History Month, a month-long celebration and recognition of LGBT+ identities and experiences, it provides a chance for us to shine our own light on the rich histories of the LGBT+ community.

I am committed to equality and inclusivity being embedded in everything we do – to be a part of the fabric of the University and not simply a celebration for a month. We stand together with the LGBT+ community, to celebrate with them and commit to meaningful change at the University.

Although COVID-19 has prevented us from coming together physically to celebrate, the LGBT+ Staff Forum and LGBT+ Student Society are hosting a series of events and activities that will enable us all to celebrate virtually and participate with them during this month and beyond: from virtual film screenings covering important and perhaps, lesser-known LGBT+ issues, to a Q&A with Leicester playwright Joe Orton’s favourite character Kenneth Cranham, and an LGBT+ History Month themed Global Café. I encourage all members of staff, whether you identify as LGBT+ or not, to attend one of our events and become a pivotal part of creating the future history of LGBT+ at the University.

The University is committed to supporting and celebrating our LGBT+ staff and students. These events are an important celebration of the achievements and visibility of the LGBT+ community and they not only enrich our proud history but add to our legacy of support for inclusivity and equality.

Let LGBT+ History Month serve as an opportunity to reflect on where we are and recognise how much we have yet to achieve to advance LGBT+ equality, as well as strive for true equality and inclusivity for all. I wish the celebrations every success.

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