LGBTQ+ History Month

The AUA proudly supports and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.

We celebrate and value the diversity of our higher education community and recognise the invaluable contribution that every individual brings. We are committed to actively championing an inclusive professional culture, where equality and diversity is promoted and valued, and the rights and dignity of all are respected.

February is LGBT+ History Month, and this year, the theme is ‘The Arc is Long’, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr’s quote, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”, representing the difficult path travelled towards equality and acknowledging that we continue to move forwards. LGBT+ History Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in higher education and how we can renew our efforts to create a more equal higher education experience for LGBT people.

On this webpage, you can learn more about the LGBTQ+ equality movement by exploring curated links to resources, national events throughout the year and signing up for our LGBTQ+ event.

Understanding and enhancing the LGBTQ+ staff and student experience

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, we have asked Sean Russell, Founder of Get Out Stay Out to run this brand new webinar. This workshop is designed to give participants the chance to ask questions and share ideas in a safe space where relevant curiosity is welcomed. Find out more and book here.


Resources

Did you know? There are over 20 different Pride flags? Each rainbow flags mean something special, and you can find out more about them in this video on the BBC website

This  Glossary of LGBTQ+ Terms will help you to learn more about the LGBTQ+ acronym and more.

Did you know? 2022 sees the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. Here are some key events for your diary:

Podcasts

Virgin Radio Pridecast: On-demand special programmes and interviews with LGBTQ+ icons, activists and changemakers.

Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive: Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

Outward: Slate’s LGBTQ podcast – Hosts and guests deepen the audience’s understanding of queer culture and politics and invite listeners into a colourful conversation about the issues animating LGBTQ communities.

The Log Books – What if you could glimpse into LGBTQIA+ life from decades ago? Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Zmith explore untold stories from Britain’s queer history.

BBC LGBT+ Sport Podcast – Looking at LGBTQ+ issues in sport.

Videocasts

BBC iPlayer – LGBT+ – Celebrating the LGBT+ community and its history.

Arts and Culture

LGBT+ History | National Museums Liverpool – Delve into insightful interviews and opinion pieces inspired by NML’s rich collections and commitment to sharing the experiences of Liverpool’s long and diverse LGBT+ history.

LGBT History Month – National Portrait Gallery – The Gallery’s LGBTQ+ programme celebrates key figures from the Gallery’s collection.

The British Library Gender, Sexuality, Courtship and Marriage – This page examines the ways in which Shakespeare and Renaissance writers explored identity, sexuality and gender roles.

HOME | Queer Britain  – The UK’s first National LGBTQ+ Museum.

Organisations

Stonewall – Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Terrence Higgins Trust – This charity is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – This is a worldwide federation of more than 1,700 organisations from over 160 countries and territories campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.