February is LGBT History Month

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February is LGBT History Month and the theme is Geography: Mapping The World.

To mark the occasion here’s a quick look at our latest equality and diversity work, a comment from Professor Gill Valentine, and an overview of our LGBT History Month events.

Did you know? LGBT History Month is a month-long annual focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and the University's Senior LGBT+ Champion said:


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"At the University of Sheffield we actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion, which has helped us to create an open, inclusive environment for everyone, including LGBT+ staff and students.

Equality is a hugely important issue for me personally. I believe people should be accepted for whoever they are and they should be able to bring their whole selves to work in a warm and welcoming environment.”

Events Programme throughout History Month - all staff welcome


History Month Opening Ceremony, hosted by the LGBT+ Student Committee

Thursday 1st February, 1pm - 6pm, Students' Union

To mark the beginning of LGBT History Month and celebrate what promises to be a great month, the Students' Union Plaza, Activities Zone and Level 4 will be full of activities throughout the afternoon. This includes food stalls, performances, music, photography and LGBT+ themed TV episodes, alongside a range of stalls from key groups within the University. The LGBT+ Staff Network will be hosting a stall for staff and students to understand more about the University's allies programme, Open@TUoS, and to sign up for a lanyard on the day.

Open to all, just come along.


Lunchtime Seminar hosted by the LGBT+ Staff Network - Drew Dalton & Jo-Henderson Merrygold

Wednesday 14th February, 12.45pm - 2.00pm, ICOSS Conference Room

Drew is a revert to Islam and a Sociologist at the University of Sunderland. His research and work focuses on the lives of LGBTQI+ people, global health, global homophobia and people living with HIV. Drew sits on the Management Committee of Hidayah, one of the few organisations which seek to support LGBTQI+ Muslims. This talk will discuss (briefly) Islam and sexuality but it will focus more on the lives of LGBTQI+ Muslims and Drew's own personal experience of two apparently conflicting identities: bisexual and Muslim. This talk will discuss how the two identities can be reconciled.

Jo Henderson-Merrygold is a Methodist Local Preacher and former church development worker and university chaplain. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), and she co-directs Hidden Perspectives: Bringing the Bible out of the Closet. In her research, she is developing a reading strategy for biblical scholarship which integrates trans* theory. This will enable us to read against the assumption that each of the characters we encounter is of fixed and binary gender. This research fits into Jo's overarching interest in the interrelationship between Christianity and discourses of gender and sexuality, an interest she developed through her work for different churches and which she will explore in her talk. She will bring together her experiences as a cis lesbian Christian, and her research into religion in queer public life.

The session will conclude with Q&A. Coffee and cake will be provided. All welcome.

Book your place here 


Lunchtime Seminar hosted by the LGBT+ Staff Network in partnership with the School of Law - Chris Ashford & Stefanie Pletz

Tuesday 20th February, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, ICOSS Conference Room

Chris is a Professor of Law and Society at Northumbria University, and identifies as a​ cis gay man. He is active within the Gender, Sexuality & Law and Law & Society groups and is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA) North East Advisory Board. Chris has published widely on the area of law and sexuality and legal education, engaging with a range of criminal justice issues. A queer theorist; his research explores the intersection of law, sexuality and technology and has focused more recently upon the phenomena of public sex and male for male sex work.

Stefanie is a Lecturer in Law from the University of Sheffield's School of Law, and the Programme Director of the LLB Law with German Law. Her research and teaching focuses on comparative law, transnational financial law and critical legal theory. Before joining the Law School in 2015, Stefanie worked at the Transnational Economic Law Research Centre at the Institute for Economic Law at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. She is a Fellow at the Institute of Critical Theory in Berlin. Stefanie will provide a comparative German legal perspective to Chris' talk.

The session will conclude with Q&A. Coffee and cake will be provided. All welcome.

Book your place here


Panel events hosted by the LGBT+ Student Committee

The below panel events will cover various topics and include special guests. All welcome, just come along.

  • Old LGBT+ Committee Panel
    Tuesday 13th February, 7pm - 9pm, Students' Union Auditorium
  • Colonialism & World Issues Panel
    Tuesday 20th February, 7pm - 9pm, Gallery Room 4 (Students' Union)

If you would like any more information on these events, please contact the Committee's Vice-Chair: atyler1@sheffield.ac.uk


Bar One Quiz: LGBT+ History

Sunday 11th February, 9pm - 11pm, Bar One

Test your knowledge of LGBT+ History, and the potential to win a £50 prize!

All welcome, just come along.


LGBT+ History Exhibition

Monday 19th February, 12pm - 7pm, Foundry (Students' Union)

This exhibition will focus on historical icons, UK queer activism, the history of words, queer spaces & drag, and queer history across the world.

All welcome, just come along. 


Film Screening: "Call me by your name"

Sunday 25th February, 7pm start, SU Auditorium

The Film Unit are screening the film "Call me by your name", a 2017 film directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel of the same name.

All welcome, tickets are £3 and available from the SU box office or online here: http://www.filmunit.org.uk/Schedulefilm11.html#films