Brookes promotes a programme of event for LGBT History Month 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

LGBT History Month 2017

Oxford Brookes University is promoting a full programme of events for LGBT+ History Month 2017 throughout February.

The programme represents the University’s second year of collaboration to celebrate and highlight achievements, voices from the LGBT+ community and perspectives on LGBT+ equality and inclusion.

The diverse programme collates a range of events organised by staff and students of Oxford Brookes, Brookes Union, the University of Oxford together with other local organisations and wider community activity.

In focusing on visibility, voice, promoting awareness and sharing learning and experiences, LGBT History Month gives us all an opportunity to further our personal and organisational journeys for equality and acceptance without exception.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-chancellor for Staff Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said: “Oxford Brookes University celebrates and values the diversity of our students and staff and aims to create an organisational culture which is fully inclusive of diverse sexual orientations, gender identity and gender expression.

“In focusing on visibility, voice, promoting awareness and sharing learning and experiences, LGBT History Month gives us all an opportunity to further our personal and organisational journeys for equality and acceptance without exception.”

The programme of events includes a panel discussion entitled LGBT+ identity, rights, pride and community, chaired by Visiting Professor in the Oxford Brookes Business School Nick Rumens – an internationally recognised scholar in the area of LGBTQ sexualities and genders in the workplace.

Nick will be joined by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah - Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Dr Jay Stewart –Director of Gendered Intelligence and Tom Guy – President of National Student Pride. The event promises to be a lively discussion on the gains and continuing work to ensure diverse sexual orientation and gender identities are fully accepted and celebrated in UK society and communities.

There will be Documentary Club Film, Quiz Night and Poetry Night. From 23 January, an exhibition of rarely-seen works by the French photographer Claude Cahun will begin in the University’s Glass Tank. Download the full programme of events here.

The national theme for LGBT+ History Month is Law, Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), in recognition of 2017 as the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

More information about equality, diversity and inclusion at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the University’s EDI webpages.