York LGBT History Month

News | Posted on Friday 24 January 2020

To celebrate this year's York LGBT History Month the University is holding a wide range of events throughout February.

The LGBT+ Pride flag flies beside Central Hall.

Every February, LGBT+ History Month aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The month raises awareness on the community's history, lives and experiences in education, culture and society. On campus we welcome students, staff and the public to join in with our events and conversations - and we'll continue those conversations on social media with #UoYLGBTHistory.

Save the date: We welcome all staff and students to join us on Saturday 6 June for York Pride.

Who inspires you?

Throughout LGBT+ History Month, we'll be highlighting inspirational LGBT+ figures on the University Twitter feed. Look out for the hashtag #UoYLGBTHistory - and share your own stories of the people who inspired you.


We've listed below events taking place on campus; you can also find details on our Equality and Diversity Events Calendar; subscribe to this calendar, or to individual events, and the details will be added to your calendar so you don't miss events that you're interested in!

To find out about events taking place elsewhere in York, please visit the York LGBT History Month webpages.

Building anti-racist LGBT+ spaces

Wednesday 5 February 4pm

An open discussion and training event, focussing on creating welcoming LGBT+ spaces for minorities, run by Iqra Choudhry.

Learning from HRDs: LGBT rights in Tajikistan

Friday 7 February 1pm

Human rights lawyer Dilrabo Samadova discusses the risks faced by the LGBT community in Tajikistan, and how human rights defenders can better support and engage in the protection of LGBT people.

How does public understanding of intersex matter?

Friday 7 February 2pm

Professor Peter Hegarty discusses the justification given for early medical intervention on intersex traits, and reveals the lack of psychological evidence to support such intervention.

Film screening: Pride

Friday 7 February 6pm

A still from the movie Pride showing a group of gay and lesbian activists supporting the miner's strike.

Join the GSA LGBTQ Network for a chilled out movie night with popcorn and snacks! Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984.

Transgender Peer Support Group

Wednesday 12 February 2pm

The Transgender Peer Support Group will be an open topic group run by a trained facilitator from the Gender Identity Service. Open to anyone (18 or over) who identifies as transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender variant, genderqueer or intersex, and to partners of participants.

Queer craftivism

Wednesday 12 February 3pm

Join the GSA LGBTQ Network for an afternoon of queer craftivism! Make a zine, print a poster, knit some knowledge... whatever you'd like to do, we'll have a range of materials for you to use.

Travis Alabanza open lecture

Travis Alabanza - writer, theatre-maker and performer focussing on the existence and experiences of gender non conforming people of colour.

Monday 17 February 5.30pm

Travis Alabanza is a writer, theatre-maker and performer who for the last four years has been creating performance, writing to archive the existence and experiences of gender non conforming people of colour.

Drag queen bingo with Crudi Dench and Kate Butch!

Thursday 20 February 8pm

Join the legendary, award-winning drag queens from the Haus of Dench for an evening of camp comedy, awful prizes and bingo banter.

The Queer Art of the Manifesto

Tuesday 25 February 5.15pm

A talk by Dr Laura Guy on the aesthetic dimensions of manifestos distributed from the early years of gay liberation to contemporary queer movements, accompanied by an exhibition.

LGBT History Month student panel and lunch

To mark the end of LGBT History Month, join the GSA for a celebratory lunch and discussion panel formed of postgraduate students discussing current LGBT communities.

From Margins to Centre?

Friday 28 February, all day

A one day undergraduate conference to explore marginalised histories and the intersectionality between them, with a particular focus on LGBT+ history, women's history, BME history, and history of disability.


Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office

+44 (0)1904 324680

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office

+44 (0)1904 324680