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LGBT+ History Month

Posted on 1 February 2023

This year’s national theme is "BehindTheLens"

Pride flag on the University campus

Every February, LGBT+ History Month aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The month raises awareness of the LGBT+ community's history, lives and experiences in education, culture and society; this year’s national theme is "BehindTheLens". The aim is to celebrate LGBTQ+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens, but also, more generally, to encourage us all to look "behind the lens" to properly acknowledge and listen to LGBTQ+ people's lived experiences. 

With that in mind, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity lead Professor Monica Brito Vieira has selected the following film trailers; The Watermelon Woman and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

The Watermelon Woman

A classic of the New Queer Cinema: an investigation into film history that doubles as a romantic comedy and a reflection on the complexities of interracial queer relationships.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A more recent, astonishingly beautiful film, exploring the fluidity of gender identity, by French director Céline Sciamma.