Pride Month June 2022

News | Posted on Wednesday 25 May 2022

The University of York has a strong tradition of marking Pride Month with involvement in a variety of events both on-campus and in the city.

The Progress Pride Flag flies on campus. A banner at the bottom of the image reads 'Celebrating Diversity'.
The Progress Pride Flag flies on campus.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have not been able to celebrate Pride Month as we would have liked during the past two years, however we are delighted to say that we intend to hold a Progress Pride Flag raising event on Greg’s Place on Wednesday 15 June, 3pm - 4pm, in order to kick start our celebrations. The University will then take part in the York Pride parade, marching from the Minister to the Knavesmire on Saturday 18 June, where we welcome all members of our community to join us and to stand in solidarity with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) community. The University will then host a pride-themed stall at the racecourse, with a variety of family-friendly activities and contributions from departments across the University.

For more information about how you can get involved please contact us at

There are several important initiatives and activities that the University is involved with throughout the year to support and raise awareness of the issues and barriers that are faced by LGBT+ people both in the UK and across the world. By listening to and working with our LGBT+ community our goal is to move towards the elimination of discrimination and unfair treatment on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.  

Pride Month represents a unique opportunity for us all to reflect on who we are as a diverse University community and to show up to support our LGBT+ colleagues and students, enhancing their voice and understanding the difficulties they face, while celebrating the valuable contributions they make to life at the University. Please see our LGBT+ staff and student profiles, created to highlight what LGBT History Month means to members of our community.

We would like to invite all members of our community to join us for the flag raising event on Wednesday 15 June, and for the Pride Parade on Saturday 18 June. 

We are pleased that Pride Month is also an opportunity to share that our newest college, which opens soon, has been named after LGBT+ activist David Kato, formerly a Protective Fellow on the Human Rights Defenders Programme at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR). David Kato College will welcome its first cohort of students in September 2022. This follows on from the opening of the Anne Lister College in 2021/22, named in honour of the famous LGBT+ diarist.

Local and national events

You can keep an eye out for local and national events being held to celebrate Pride Month, including events offered by the York LGBT Forum and the LGBT Foundation.

Also see:

Resources and related links

There are a number of useful internally and externally produced resources related to the LGBT+ community available via the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) web pages including:

Glossary of EDI terminology

We believe that in order to understand who we are as a University community and to gain a better insight into the diverse identities of our staff and students, it is important for us to be aware of the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) terminology that is associated with individuals and groups.

With that in mind, we have compiled a glossary of EDI terms, intended as a starting point for people to further their knowledge and understanding of this area.

Networks and support

The University works closely with our LGBT+ staff and student communities throughout the year, supporting a range of initiatives. You can find out more about our staff and student networks below: 

Staff networks

Student Networks

Watch again

We have recordings of previous LGBT+ History Month and other related awareness events available for you to watch again via the University's Equality Office and York Ideas YouTube channels:

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
+44 (0)1904 324680

Contact us

Equality and Diversity Office
+44 (0)1904 324680