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Sussex to host celebration of LGBT history

This Friday (1 February) marks the beginning of LGBT History Month 2019, with this year’s theme being peace, activism and reconciliation.

The History Month has been an annual event in the UK since 2005 and provides us with an opportunity to think about the lives, experiences and issues faced by LGBTQ+ people in the past and present.

Throughout February a number of events are being held across the University, within schools and Professional Services divisions, at The Keep and USSU, and also off campus.

We are delighted to be kicking off our programme of events on Tuesday 5 February with a talk by Professor Tom Welton, OBE CChem FRSC, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College. Professor Welton, a distinguished academic in his field, is a Sussex alumnus and was awarded an OBE for services to diversity and education. His talk, entitled ‘Trolling through a bona scientific career’, looks at his career, both as a student and member of staff, at a number of UK universities and reflects on his experiences of LGBTQ+ issues in Britain during the 1980s.

Other events in the programme include a screening of Queerama at the ACCA on Wednesday 13 February. Released in 2017, Queerama is a film created from the treasure trove of archive material held at the British Film Institute (BFI) on which Lucy Robinson was the historical consultant.

On the same day The Keep is holding a workshop that will highlight the Mass Observation Archive’s LGBT collections.

The full programme of events can be found on the EDI webpage and individual events are listed in the University events calendar.

Throughout the month the Library will be displaying a number of LGBTQ+ genre books - in the area beside the Information Hub - which are kindly being selected by Library Assistant Lizzy Pennock. You can get involved and share your favourite LGBTQ+ book, document or film via the Library Twitter account @sussexlibrary using the hashtags #LGBTHM, #LGBTHM19 and #LGBThistory.

The Students’ Union are also hosting a number of events in celebration of LGBT History Month. This includes an evening with artist, writer and performer Travis Alabanza, who will be giving a talk and reading, before the opportunity for a live Q&A. USSU will also host its LGBTQ+ Cinema and will be screening a number of films including Call Me By Your Name, Paris is Burning and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The Sussex Pride parade will also return this year, on Wednesday 27 February, giving staff and students the opportunity to join the march around campus to celebrate and show their support to the LGBTQ+ community.  

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and Students' Union
Last updated: Monday, 4 February 2019


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