LGBT+ History Month 2020

Black and white image showing campaigners holding an illustrated, colour banner reading 'LGBT+ History Month: Remembering our radical history', on top of a rainbow Progress Pride flag

This February we are celebrating LGBT+ History Month, a collaboration between the University LGBT+ Staff Network, Bristol SU LGBT+ Staff Network, Bristol SU LGBT+ Network, Bristol SU Trans Network, and the LGBT+ Society.  This year's theme is 'Remembering our radical history'.  All of the following events are open to staff.

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Tuesday 4th February

Their Stories: Dr Mike McBeth – my (gay) academic life: from Thatcher to Johnson: politics, academia and the (on-going) battle for equality

Join Dr Mike McBeth as he explores the journey to becoming an academic from a non-traditional background and reflects on the importance of support, pride and openness. The focus will be on the challenges faced by a working class, northern, gay man in academia and the opportunities to integrate activism and promote equality in higher education.

Room 3.10, Senate House, Tyndall Ave, Bristol, BS8 1TH
Free tickets here
Tuesday 11th 

Paris is Burning film screening, followed by discussion / student staff social.

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film which chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

After watching the film there will be a moderator-led public discussion where everyone will have an opportunity to critically explore contents of the movie and their applicability to today’s Britain.


Gromit Room, Richmond Building, BS8 1LN
Free tickets here
Thursday 13th

History Month Panel: Being BME and LGBT+

With a line-up of incredible speakers, join us as we hear about the intersectionality between being BME and LGBT+, the radical activist history within the BME community, and what radical activism means for us today.

Our speakers are: Farhan Khan, Veneet Mehta, Travis Alabanza, and Sharifa Whitney James.

Click here to book your free ticket and read more about the panellists!

Room 3.31 Coutts, Wills Memorial Building
Free tickets here
Thursday 20th

Their Stories: 'Miss' Suzanne Doyle - Why I hate being called Miss!

From humble beginnings in Essex to Executive and Governance Manager of Bristol SU, Co-Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network and why Suzanne was awarded the Most Inspiring Individual of the Year Award at the National Centre for Diversity Awards in 2017. Join Suzanne Doyle on a brief journey through her life - living in a council house, brought up as a Christian, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 15, coming out as Lesbian at 23, diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder at 27 - and what/who has made her the person she is today!

The Wodehouse Lecture Theatre, Helen Wodehouse Building, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA 12:30-1:30pm Free tickets here
Wednesday 26th

 SU LGBT+ Network Crafternoon

Join the LGBT+ Network for an afternoon of crafts and making art. If you want, your artwork can then be displayed at the LGBT+ showcase event later in the week

Bristol SU Living Room, 4th Floor, Senate House 3:00-5:00pm Keep an eye on the event page for more details
Friday 28th (CHANGE OF DATE) 

LGBT+ History Month tour of The Body is (not) Here, an exhibition on the Archive of Franko B

As part of LGBT+ History Month the Theatre Collection will be hosting a lunchtime tour of our new exhibition. Franko B is a visual artist, curator and teacher.  Born in Milan in 1960 but UK-based, Franko B rose to prominence in the 1990s due to his extraordinary body-based performances that often involved blood-letting, performing at the ICA, London, throughout the UK and internationally.  Creating work across performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media for over 30 years, Franko B continues to earn international acclaim for his artistic practice.  He is currently Professor of Sculpture at l'Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino.     

University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row BS1 5LT 12:30-1:30pm Visit the Theatre Collection’s page to find out more 
Friday 28th

LGBT+ Art and Performance Showcase

Come and join the LGBT+ Network for a celebration of our own LGBT+ community! From spoken word to improv to drag, the LGBT+ student and staff community at Bristol is brimming with talent. So we're celebrating this talent with a night of performances and artwork from LGBT+ students, staff and allies.

Want to perform or display something? Get in touch with the SU LGBT+ Network Chair Ffion Lewis at

Anson Rooms needed Bar, Richmond Building BS8 1LN 7:00-10:00pm No ticket needed
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