Oxford Brookes supports LGBT History Month

Friday, 29 January 2016

LGBT History Month logo

Oxford Brookes University will be supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month 2016 and promoting a programme of events in February.

This is the first time Oxford Brookes celebrates LGBT History Month, and the University invites students, staff and the local community to take part in raising awareness, increasing visibility and recognising matters affecting the LGBT community. 

At Oxford Brookes we are committed to ensuring the very best experiences for our students and our staff, where our community can flourish in a culture of respect and inclusion.

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Anne-Marie Kilday

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Anne-Marie Kilday said: “The diverse programme, which takes place both at Brookes and in the wider Oxford area, has been proposed by staff and students from across the University and focuses on key issues for, and achievements of, the LGBT community.

“At Oxford Brookes we are committed to ensuring the very best experiences for our students and our staff, where our community can flourish in a culture of respect and inclusion. Supporting awareness campaigns like LGBT History Month helps us to look forward, promote a greater understanding of, people who identify as LGBT and helps shape future initiatives.”

The events have been organised by Oxford Brookes, Brookes Union, University of Oxford and community groups based in Oxford and include networking and social events, film screenings, discussions and lectures.

On 5 February in the Brookes Chaplaincy we host a discussion with the Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston and Maryam Din on “What can we can learn from LGBT people of faith?”

On 10 February, to coincide with this year’s theme for LGBT History Month ‘Religion, Belief and Philosophy’, Senior Lecturer in American Literature Niall Munro will present his lecture ‘Of Ouija Boards and the Fourth Dimension: Queer American poetry and the world beyond’ which explores the life and work of four gay American poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Brookes Union will be showing ‘Pride’ on 21 February, the British hit film about LGBT support for the 1984 miners’ strike.

On Thursday 25 February, Oxford Brookes Documentary Club will screen ‘The Case Against 8’, a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The full programme of events can be found on the Equality Diversity and Inclusion webpages.

The Brookes LGBT+ Forum, Brookes Union and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team are working together on the university’s commitment as a Stonewall Diversity Champion to build our networks of contacts and allies, and ensure everyone is able to be fully themselves in working or studying at Brookes.