LGBTQ+ History Month

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Oxford Brookes University 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.

LGBTQ+ History Month 2023

Flag Raising and Light-Up

The LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, Brookes Union and the LGBTQ+ Society have planned a range of events for February 2023 and the University will be raising Progress Pride flags on each campus and lighting up Lloyd Building in rainbow colours to celebrate the month. 

You can also find an LGBTQ+ resources list created by Special Collections for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Programme of events

Community, healing and connection: finding a place to belong

22 February 2023, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus

Join us for this year's LGBTQ+ History Month lecture, delivered by Reeta Loi. All are welcome.

Reeta Loi is a Storyteller and the Forbes 100 Founder & CEO of Gaysians. You may have seen their VICE documentary, TED talks, heard their latest track 'Remedy' or read their work in Gay Times. Now see them live, sharing some special insights into their journey. A truly inspirational artist, Reeta encapsulates creativity and compassion at their core and brings with them a wealth of personal and comprehensively researched stories of LGBTQ+ South Asian lives and history.

Reeta Loi, Storyteller and the Forbes 100 Founder & CEO of Gaysians

Flag Raising and Light-Up

1 February 2023, 5.00pm, outside Headington Hill Hall

Join us to raise the Progress Pride flag and light up Headington Hill Hall to mark the beginning of LGBTQ+ History Month. Brookes students and staff are welcome to join us outside Headington Hill Hall. Please email if you have any accessibility requirements.

Brookes Union LGBTQ+ History Month Quiz

1 February 2023, 6.00pm, Union Bar

An open-to-all quiz focusing on LGBTQ+ History Month, run by Brookes Union.

LGBTQ+ & Trans Student Network Meeting

2 February 2023, 1.00pm - 2.30pm, Brookes Union Boardroom

Join Brookes Union’s LGBTQ+ and Trans Students’ Officers for pizza at this network meeting.

LGBTQ+ Walking Tour

7 February 2023, 3.00pm, location to be confirmed

Join Brookes Union’s LGBTQ+ Officer for a walking tour of Oxford, visiting LGBTQ+ historical and social landmarks. 

Valentine’s Day

14 February 2023

Are you a single student wanting some company, or in a relationship but at a loose end? Brookes Union’s community team will be hosting a day of activities followed by a pamper evening this Valentine’s Day. 

LGBTQ+ History Month Quiz

16 February 2023, 7.00pm, Sports Bar, Brookes Sport Headington

Join the Brookes LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, Brookes Sport, and Amnesty Oxford City Group for this year's LGBTQ+ themed fundraising quiz. All welcome. Up to six people per team no booking required. Food will be available from the café until 7.30pm so please arrive before the quiz starts to place your order.

Pancake Day

21 February 2023

Brookes Union’s community team will be hosting a pancake art session to celebrate Pancake Day. 

Drag Workshop

28 February 2023

Want to explore your inner drag identity? Join Brookes Union and the Brookes LGBTQ+ Network for a drag workshop and showcase your drag alter ego. 

LGBTQ+ Allies Workshop (Brookes staff only)

15 March, 9.30am (rescheduled from 23 February due to strike action), Clerici G.30, Headington Campus

LGBTQ+ Allies Workshop to support awareness and confidence as a proactive ally for LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. This event is for Oxford Brookes staff only.

  • Now fully booked!

LGBTQ+ Research and Practice Showcase

28 March 2023, 11.30am (rescheduled from 21 February due to strike action), Online

Oxford Brookes staff and PhD students showcase their research on LGBTQ+ topics at this LGBTQ+ History Month event. All Brookes staff and students are welcome to attend.

Past events

External resources

Information and resources for LGBT History Month and beyond.

Wallchart produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month.

A look back at UNISON's LGBT history.