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.
If you are planning an activity for LGBT+ History Month, or an EDI event at any time of the year, please get in touch with the EDI Centre.
LGBT+ History Month in 2024
This year the theme is ‘Medicine – #UnderTheScope'. Here at Imperial, we are committed to creating a culture where LGBTQ+ people feel welcome, included and fully able to be themselves.
Meet Imperial 600
Imperial 600 co-chairs Aneesha (she/they), Jen (she/her), Simon (he/him) and trans+ group lead Kassandra (she/they) are hosting meet-ups for you to get to know us and each other. No agenda, just drop in and say hello!
- Friday 9 February, 12.00-13.00, online - Teams join link
- Wednesday 14 February, 13.00-14.00, Senior Common Room at South Kensington campus
- Thursday 22 February, 09.30-10.30, St Mary's Campus
- Tuesday 27 February, 09.30-10.30, Hammersmith Camp
Imperial Lates: Romance & Reproduction
Thursday 8 February, 18.00 - 21.00 (in person)
The next Imperial Lates is a Valentine’s Day and LGBT History Month special, delving into into attraction, intimacy, and procreation. Explore the mysteries of human reproductive health and animal sexual selection through creative workshops, thought-provoking discussions, and interactive exhibits.
LGBTQIA+ Careers Panel 2024
Tuesday 13 February, 18.30-20.00 (online)
Hosted by Imperial's Career Service with IQ student society, this panel will feature figures from the worlds of IT, finance, management consultancy, intellectual property rights and corporate intelligence. Panellists will discuss their career paths and their LGBTQIA+ identity in the workplace. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the session.
Queering the Gym
Monday 19 February, 12.15-13.00 (in person and online)
Move Imperial has invited Georgie Okell to talk about their work with the Non-Binary and Trans Masc Community through Pecs Education and BEND, as well as how we can make fitness spaces safer and more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community, including allyship.
LGBTQ+ inclusion and mental health training
Wednesday 21 February, 10.00-16.30 (in person)
This course aims to give participants insights and skills in assessing and addressing the needs of LGBTQ staff/students with mental health issues, and gain confidence in dealing with heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
What's the 'A' in LGBTQIA+
Friday 23 February, 17.00-18.00 (online)
Join Imperial 600 and Imperial College Union in celebrating Aromantic Awareness Week. A LGBTQIA+ panel will be exploring the experiences of being Aromantic and Asexual. Imperial UG and PG panellists will be joined Yasmin Benoit, the Activist behind Stonewall's Ace in the UK report.
We've seen a range of events at Imperial over the years to mark the month. In 2023, the Careers Service organised events to help explore and hear from inclusive employers. For 2020 we hosted a 'poetry, prose and plays' panel discussion with YA authors Darren Charlton, Cynthia So, and Kay Staples, about their experiences as LGBTQ+ writers telling LGBTQ+ stories for teenagers.
Events organised by Imperial 600 to mark LGBT+ History Month in the past include talks from people such as Amy Lamé, London's Night Czar, and Adam Zmith, co-host of "The Log Books" podcast.
Belonging with Aneesha Bhumber
Don’t be afraid…Be your authentic self
For LGBT+ History Month 2023, Aneesha Bhumber, Laboratory Technician and co-chair of Imperial 600, discusses her journey to understanding who she is as an Asian member of the LGBTQ+ community and the impact on being her authentic self.
Imperial As One's Belonging series interviews minority ethnic students, academics and professionals, asking them to share their experiences and insights in finding their sense of belonging. All of the videos from the Belonging series can be found on the College's YouTube channel.