Oxford Brookes raises the Pride Flag and kicks off LGBT+ History Month events

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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Students and staff at Oxford Brookes University will raise the Pride Flag on Monday 5 February signalling the start of a month-long programme of events to support LGBT+ History Month.

For the third year running, Oxford Brookes University is supporting the awareness month with a programme which celebrates and highlights achievements, voices and perspectives of the LGBT+ community.

The events are based on this year’s national theme Geography: Mapping Our World.

LGBT+ History Month gives us all the opportunity to reflect on how our identities and communities relate to our local and global context, and broaden our understanding of people’s experiences and activism for LGBT+ equality and inclusion in the wider world.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University has a history of supporting the LGBT+ community; in 2005, the first Student Pride event was organised by alumnus Tom Guy while he was studying at Oxford Brookes. The original event attracted 350 students from 15 universities and sparked the National Student Pride movement.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences said: “I am delighted to invite everyone to get involved with our programme of events which celebrates Oxford Brookes mapping the LGBT+ world.

“LGBT+ History Month gives us all the opportunity to reflect on how our identities and communities relate to our local and global context, and broaden our understanding of people’s experiences and activism for LGBT+ equality and inclusion in the wider world.

“Oxford Brookes University values the diversity of our students and staff, and we aim to create a culture which is fully inclusive of diverse sexual orientations, gender identity and gender expression.”

The programme of events has been put together by students and staff and highlights include an Open Lecture with Antonia Bright, national spokesperson of the Movement for Justice (MFJ). In the lecture, Antonia will facilitate a conversation with MFJ LGBT+ refugees about their experiences of asylum system and address issues such as the fight for immigration rights, the importance of detention centres and what role LGBT+ people are playing in the movement.

More information about Asylum in the UK: LGBT+ experience of the asylum system can be found on the University’s Events webpages.

The programme also includes a quiz night for Oxford City Amnesty International, poetry evening with Brookes Poetry Centre and Oxford Human Rights Festival on the theme of “Identity” and a Documentary Club screening of Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things. Director and producer Michael Yerxa will be taking part in a Q&A via video conference after the screening.

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