LGBTQ+ History Month

  • LGBTQ+ History Month events for February 2022

    Oxford Brookes is proud to be part of the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, joining universities, schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations and employers, with a programme of events and activities to highlight the history and achievements of LGBTQ+ communities and perspectives on LGBTQ+ inclusion.

    The LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, Brookes Union and the LGBTQ+ Society have planned a range of events for February and the University will be raising pride flags on each campus and lighting up Lloyd Building in rainbow colours to celebrate the month. You can also find a new LGBTQ+ resources list created by Special Collections for LGBTQ+ History Month.


  • Events around Oxford

    Heterocolonialism and the Making of the ‘Gay International’

    Wednesday 2 February, 5.30 - 6.30pm (online)
    Please join us for the first talk in Worcester College Oxford's Decolonisation Lecture Series.

    We are delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Delatolla from the University of Leeds, who will be discussing the relationship between sexuality and decolonisation.


    Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: LGBT+ History Month programme

    We are delighted to invite you to the week-long programme of MS Teams live events that will run from Monday 14 to Friday 18 February 2022.

    • Monday 14 February, 12.00pm - 1.00pm - Rainbow Cuppa
    • Tuesday 15 February, 11.00am - 1.00pm - Gender, Sexuality & Mental Health
    • Thursday 17 February, 11.00am - 12.00pm - Let’s Talk About Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion
    • Friday 18 February, 9.30am - 11.30am - Gender, Sexuality & Mental Health

    Download the LGBT+ History Month programme for more information.

    Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust LGBT+ History Month programme

    Thoughts on separating artist from the art; the scientist from the science

    Thursday 17 February, 2.00pm (online)
    Dr Clara Barker will discuss aspects of this year’s LGBT+ History month theme ‘Politics in Art' in this talk.

    In an age where distrust of science is high, and when people with no expertise in subjects have a huge audience who trust their words, what can we and our University do to maintain and promote scientific integrity?

    Dr Clara Barker


    LGBT+ History Month Lecture with Professor Stephen Whittle

    Wednesday 23 February, 6.00pm (online)
    Please join us for the 2022 University of Oxford LGBT+ History Month Lecture with Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    This is a joint event organised by the LGBT+ Staff Advisory Group and the Equality and Diversity Unit.


  • Past events

  • 9 and 16 February 2021, 12.30-2.00pm

    LGBTQ+ Lunchtime Showcase

    Oxford Brookes staff and PhD students showcase their research on LGBTQ+ topics at this LGBTQ+ History Month event.

    LGBTQ+ Lunchtime Showcase

    10 February 2021, 6.00pm

    Liv Little: A little more conversation? Takeovers and untold stories in the media industry

    Liv Little is a journalist, author and curator who founded gal-dem, a media company committed to spotlighting the creative talents of women and non-binary people of colour, whilst at university, due to frustrations with the lack of stories being told from marginalised voices in the media and publishing industries.

    For our LGBTQ+ History Month Lecture 2021, Liv will share her experiences and offer insights on storytelling and community building.

    Liv Little

    15 February 2021, 7.00pm

    No Box For Me. An Intersex Story

    The Oxford Brookes University Documentary Club will be screening No Box For Me. An Intersex Story for LGBTQ+ History Month.

    M and Deborah, like an estimated 1.7 percent of people, were born Intersex - with sex characteristics that are different from the binary understandings of male or female. Like many, M and Deborah were forced into unnecessary medical surgeries to “normalize” their body as a child—before they could understand what was going on.

    No Box For Me. An Intersex Story

    18 February 2021, 1.00-2.30pm

    Bi and Pansexual Allies workshop

    The Bi and Pansexual Allies workshops are run by the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum and provide an introduction to Bi and Pansexual identities, the challenges Bi and Pansexual people face, and how to be an ally.

    Bi and Pansexual Allies workshop

    18 February 2021, 7.00pm

    Queering the campus: Harcourt Hill, the architects behind the buildings

    Seely and Paget’s story contributes to the architectural history of Harcourt Hill Campus. Always known as ‘the partners’, their relationship went beyond a business arrangement: as Paget put it, ‘we became virtually one person’. Yet, in a time when sexual activity between men was a serious criminal offence, it is impossible to know how intimate their relationship really was.

    History Society talk.

    Queering the campus: Harcourt Hill, the architects behind the buildings

    22 February 2021, 7.00pm

    A Secret Love

    The Oxford Brookes University Documentary Club will be hosting a Netflix watch party screening of A Secret Love for LGBTQ+ History Month.

    A former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player and her partner, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, ran a successful interior decorating business, while keeping their lesbian relationship a secret from their families for almost seven decades. But coming out later in life brings its own set of challenges.

    A Secret Love

    25 February 2021, 7.00pm

    LGBTQ+ History Month Quiz

    Join the Brookes LGBTQ+ Staff Forum and Amnesty Oxford City Group for this year's LGBTQ+ themed fundraising quiz.

    Quiz night