February is LGBT History Month: a national event that celebrates and brings to light the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is marked nationwide and provides an opportunity to start conversations, raise awareness and learn about history that has previously been denied, unacknowledged or erased. This year’s theme is “Religion, belief and philosophy”, a topic which aims to open up much-needed dialogue between LGBT and faith communities and raise awareness of the ways in which they intersect.
The Library has plenty of resources to help you celebrate, raise awareness or learn something new this February, including book displays in each Library. On our website we’ve put together a selection of books, ebooks, journal articles and online resources, including a playlist of films and TV programmes that you can watch from home with Box of Broadcasts. You can also check out our LGBT History Month Pinterest page for even more inspiration or find out about the research our staff have done in this area.
And to celebrate being in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index for the second year running our Rainbow Rose LGBT staff & student network were asked to chose their favourite tracks for inclusion on a specially prepared Spotify playlist. Follow the list ‘Rainbow over the Library’ – we’ll update it later in History Month with your requests of your favourite LGBT tune/artist/icon too if you let us know what you’d like to hear!
A programme of events is running throughout the month at the University, launched by “In conversation with Stephanie Hirst”, a chance to hear the BBC Radio Manchester DJ talk about her experiences as a trans woman. Other events an after-work drinks meetup for staff and students hosted by the Rainbow Rose forum and an LGBT lunchtime walk, uncovering the hidden LGBT histories of sites around Leeds city centre.
There are lots of events taking place around the city and events are also taking place around the country as part of the National Festival of LGBT History. Our local hub is York, which is hosting a day of talks about LGBT history on Saturday 6th February, as well as over 40 other events throughout the month. Check out their full programme if you fancy a day trip!