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LGBT+ History Month 2020

Events are taking place throughout February to celebrate LGBT+ History Month and to promote equality and diversity across the University.

The University’s Staff Pride Network and the PrideSoc student network have organised a range of events to mark this month-long celebration of LGBT+ history and culture.

LGBT+ History Month is a national event which takes place every February, with the aim of increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people, their history, lives and experiences. It also focuses on working towards making educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities.


All of the events listed below are open to all staff and students.

School LGBTQ+ Diversity Since Section 28/Clause 2a: Thursday 6 February, 6-8pm, Room G.159 MacLaren Stuart Room, Old College

What has changed in 20 years since the repeal of Section 28/Clause 2a in Scotland? This joint event from University staff and students, with LGBT Youth Scotland, is being held to provide understanding of the current equality law pertaining to schools and to discuss the experiences and challenges that our students and staff have had, in particular focusing on young trans students’ experiences.  

This public event is an opportunity to show support for our trans staff and students and the trans community. You can find out more on Eventbrite.

'Coming In': Share a piece of your LGBT+ History: Thursday 13 February, 5:30-7:30pm, Room 2.03, 50 George Square

If you moved to the University of Edinburgh for study or work, this is for you. Staff Pride Network and the PrideSoc student network have partnered with OurStory Scotland to record the University community’s stories and experiences, good or bad, of coming to Edinburgh.

How did you imagine it would be, and how does the reality compare with your expectations? How different is it if you are coming from overseas or from the Highlands?

Find out more and register.

Lavender Menace LGBT+ Book Archive: Thursday 27 February, 5:30-7:30pm, Room G.06, 50 George Square

Many of the original LGBT+ and feminist presses have closed and well-known books have been forgotten. Join the Staff Pride Network on Thursday 27 February to hear from Lavender Menace Returns on how and why they are creating an LGBT+ archive and database to ensure that stories are not lost. They also want to include LGBT+ writing of today to form one body of work telling the story of the LGBT+ community - and their demand for equality and honesty.

Find out more and register.

Related links

Staff Pride Network

LGBT+ History Month website

Students' Association LGBT+ History Month events