LGBT+ History Month
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.
Imperial 600 & The Log Books: LGBTQ+ Solidarity in the Eighties
16.30-18.00, Tuesday 2 February
The 1980s was a tough time to be LGBTQ+ in Britain. But it was also a period where the queer community pulled together in solidarity and joy, as seen in the notes of volunteers at Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline. Adam Zmith, write and podcaster, will guide us through the highs and lows of the Switchboard's Eighties log books.
Climate Change and Rose Gardens
12.00-13.00, Thursday 11 February
This event will host a panel of Imperial experts on climate change. This will be followed with a fireside chat with Lord Jonny Oates about his recently published book: "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden". He will talk about the ambitions he had as a young man and his personal journey to accept his own sexual orientation.
LGBT Service Sector Professionals and London’s Night Czar
17.00-17.45, Monday 15 February
Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, will discuss how the service industry has been affected by the pandemic and the innovative solutions they’ve come up with to continue delivering world-class entertainment. Amy will also talk about the importance of preserving cultural institutions particularly relevant to the LGBT community.
LGBT History Month and the PhD experience at Imperial
12.00-12.45, Tuesday 16 February
Being a PhD student can be solitary work. In this session, Adam Mason, an industrial ecology PhD student at Imperial, will talk about his career and experiences engaging with the broader community at Imperial. In particular, you will learn how Adam has engaged with Imperial 600.
Queer Objects of interest in V&A Collections
18.00, Tuesday 16 February
Imperial College Union's LGBTQ+ Network has invited Zorian Clayton, assistant curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and co-chair of the LGBTQ Working Group of the V&A, to discuss some of the most exciting finds in the museum collections which illuminate diverse queer histories.
Being LGBTQ+ in Science with Professor Tom Welton
15.00, Wednesday 17 February
Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, will talk about his experience as an out LGBTQ+ individual in the scientific community, reports on being LGBTQ+ in the physical sciences, and the key challenges related to starting and developing a career as an academic.
Imperial's EDI Centre is developing a range of online resources about EDI, to help our community learn and to start taking positive steps to support EDI.
Explore our resources on LGBTQ+ equality for staff and students, including practical information on how you can act as an ally.
We also offer further links to external resources to help support your learning on LGBTQ+ equality.
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.
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.