Swansea University celebrates LGBT History Month

Throughout February, Swansea University will be recognising LGBT History Month by holding a range of free events which are open to all staff, students and visitors.

LGBT History Month 2018Celebrated in the UK in February, and founded by the charity Schools OUT, the aim of LGBT History Month is to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people from our past and present.

This year’s events include:

Information stalls: 1 February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Fulton House foyer (Singleton Park Campus) and Engineering Reception (Bay Campus)
Find out more about LGBT people in history and LGBT+ equality at Swansea University at our free pop-up info stalls, and chat to members of the LGBT+ Staff Network and Allies Network. 

LGBT Storytelling Evening: Friday 16 February, 7.30pm – 10.30pm, Mozarts Swansea
We are the stories we tell about ourselves, and the songs we sing, the poetry we create. Come along to our night of LGBT themed stories, share your own story at our open mic, and listen to music by local LGBT artists. A fun, friendly evening, a chance to be entertained, and to come together to celebrate ourselves, our history, and our lives. Click here for more information.

Film screening of Battle of the Sexes: Tuesday 20 February, 7.30pm, Taliesin Arts Centre
The 1973 tennis match between women's World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's champion and self-proclaimed sexist, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched sports events of the decade. This film charts a significant event in LGBT history and represents the ongoing challenge of sexism in media, sports, and public life. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Taliesin website

Combating Gender and Sexuality Stereotyping Seminar: Tuesday 27 February, 1pm – 2pm, Glyndwr Building 231
We all make assumptions, about ourselves and about each other, but the impact of gender stereotyping on individuals throughout the life course can be felt as a personal experience and as a locus for inequality and discrimination. This thought-provoking, dynamic session raising awareness of the impact of stereotyping, and identifies simple ways to combat this in professional and personal life. Free entry, open to all. Click here for more information.

Queer Welsh History Exhibition: throughout February, National Waterfront Museum
This exhibition includes artefacts from famous and not-so-famous LGBT people connected to Swansea, and explores the lessons from our past we can carry forward into our future activism. Free entry, open to all throughout February. 

LGBT History Month Blog Series: throughout February
Featuring book, film and other media reviews, stories, reflections and reports on aspects of LGBT+ history and life, the blog series invites you to read and enjoy, learn and discover.  We welcome contributions and comments. Curated by Alys Einion. Click here to send your contribution.

Dr Alys Einion, co-chair of Swansea University’s LGBT+ Staff Network, said: “We are delighted that Swansea University is marking LGBT History month visibly and positively, flying the rainbow flag on both campuses and repainting the rainbow kerbs on Singleton campus. In the current social climate, it’s more important than ever to celebrate our diversity as a University community and our commitment to inclusivity".