Celebrating LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is here, and we at LGBT+ Society are well into celebrating! As members of this community, it is very important to us to provide a safe space for queer people to engage with their history, as well as to learn and understand their place within it. We have a lot of events coming up, so make sure you join us!

LGBT+ History Month is here, and we at LGBT+ Society are well into celebrating! As members of this community, it is very important to us to provide a safe space for queer people to engage with their history, as well as to learn and understand their place within it.

All month long, we are hosting talks about important events and movements that have defined LGBTQ+ existence like the AIDS crisis and the destruction of the Institute of Sexology, as well as socials that are geared towards specific groups such as Trans and Nonbinary social circle, and Bisexual and Pansexual Reading Week Social. Other socials explore different parts of LGBTQ+ life, like Art and Natter, and Reading Group: James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Plus many more opportunities to join in exploring our history; there is something for everyone, and we welcome all.

Why is LGBT+ History Month Important?

As queer people, LGBT+ History Month is incredibly important in learning about how LGBTQ+ people have made history, as well as the history of our own community. The history we learn is often white-washed, as well as heteronormative. It is this history that erases the identities of queer people or diminishes their accomplishments because of their identity. It also allows for LGBTQ+ history to be treated like a footnote, rather than a central catalyst.

The goal of LGBT+ History Month is to recognise the impact that queer people have had in all points in time, as well as connect ourselves to our community’s history. This community has a responsibility to learn from its predecessors, honour those who have not made it, and continue to fight and educate those around us. This is the only way we can ensure a more loving and accepting future, one without homophobia, transphobia, or bigotry. It is important that we recognise that the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is ongoing and is central to past and present human rights movements around the world.

Join us this month in learning about queer history and celebrating queer life. We have events all month long which you can find below, as well as our society blog where we post resources and stories for the community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Check out the events!

On behalf of the whole committee, happy LGBT+ History Month! May we all learn something new about ourselves and our community!