LGBT+ History Month has been happening every February in the UK since 2005. The overall aim is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public 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.
  • 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.

LGBT+ History Month in 2021

This year the theme is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’, which explores the complexities of who we are and what we can aspire to be. Here at Imperial, we are committed to creating a culture where LGBTQ+ people feel welcome, included and fully able to be themselves.

Find out more about the events taking place below. Imperial College Union also has a programme of events to celebrate the Month. 

2021 events

Language and pronouns

We want everyone to be on the same page when learning and thinking about LBTQ+ equality. Part of that is being comfortable with the language used and understanding different terms. Stonewall has an extensive glossary of terms which you may find useful.

The College has also developed a resource to explain why pronouns matter. Using the right pronouns for someone is a basic sign of respect. Please share your pronouns if you are comfortable doing so, to help build an inclusive culture at Imperial.

Previous years

The theme for the month in 2020 was poetry, prose and plays, highlighting all the amazing LGBT+ writers throughout British history, like Dawn Langley Simmons, E.M. Forster, Lorraine Hansberry, and William Shakespeare. 

Imperial celebrated with a range of events, including a panel discussion with YA authors Darren Charlton, Cynthia So, and Kay Staples, who talked about their experiences as LGBTQ+ writers telling LGBTQ+ stories for teenagers.

Banner for panel event about LGBTQ representation in YA literature