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February is LGBT History Month

Posted on 7 February 2017

Join in with events across York to remember and celebrates LGBT people.

February is LGBT History Month. York remembers and celebrates LGBT people.

The University is providing a wide range of events focused on the history of LGBT people as a part of York LGBT History Month. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, but includes all non-normative or marginalised gender, romantic and sexual identities and intersex people. Our events reflect this diversity.

By devoting a month to LGBT history we celebrate people and achievements that have traditionally been ignored, raise awareness of LGBT identities and issues, and broaden public understanding of the complex nature of gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation.

With nearly 50 events offered city-wide on the theme of Law, Citizenship and PSHE there are dozens of opportunities to engage.

A full listing of events is available on the York LGBT History Month website.

Here are just a few of the highlights:


Matthew Todd

Breaking out of the straight jacket: Mental health and the LGBT community

Location: Ron Cooke Hub auditorium, Campus East

Date: Thursday 9 February, 6.30pm

A talk by Matthew Todd, former editor of Attitude, on his novel, Straight Jacket, a revolutionary clarion call for gay men, the wider LGBT community, their friends and family. Part memoir, part ground-breaking polemic, it looks beneath the shiny facade of contemporary gay culture and asks if gay people are as happy as they could be – and if not, why not?

Find out more and book.

National Festival of LGBT history: Yorkshire hub

Location: Marriott Room, York Explore Library and Archives

Date: Saturday 11 February, 10.30am-4.30pm

York Explore Library and Archive will play host to a fascinating variety of free talks on all aspects of LGBT history. Visitors can drop in throughout the day to discover hidden stories and forgotten heroes, and to find out about the other exciting events taking place throughout the month of February. Hot drinks, snacks and lunch will be available to purchase from the café.

No booking required. Contact Kit Heyam ( for more information.

Mind Your Head discussion group

Location: James Lodge, James College

Date: Thursday 16 February, 5.30pm-6.30pm

YUSU, the Graduate Students Association and Mind Your Head combine to bring you a chaired discussion group around mental health in the LGBTQ community. Topics may include: coming out, loneliness and coping with harassment.

No booking required. Contact Annis Stead ( for more information.

Professor Paul Johnson

Going to Strasbourg: Oral history accounts of sexual orientation discrimination and the European Court of Human Rights

Location: P/T/006, Physics Exhibition Centre

Date: Thursday 16 February, 6.15pm

Paul Johnson (Professor of Sociology, University of York) draws upon oral history interviews conducted with LGBT people who have challenged discrimination in the UK by making applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Find out mroe and book.

LGBTQ Social go to National Student Pride

Date: Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February

Location: London

National Student Pride is a national annual event targeted at LGBTQ Students, based in London, which brings together students from all over the country. It is centred around a daytime festival with panels, an LGBTQ-specific job fair, a performance stage and more; accompanied by a whole weekend of club nights, parties, cinema screenings and events.

Find out more and book.

LGBTQ and International discussion

Location: TBA

Date: Tuesday 28 February

A day of events, workshops, seminars and screenings hosted by the University of York Students’ Union LGBTQ Network and International Students Association’s Global Week.

For tickets and further inforation, contact Jaz Millar (