February is LGBT+ History Month

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February is LGBT+ History Month and this year's theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation

Did you know? LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual focus on lesbian, gay, bi 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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 "I experienced discrimination and harassment in the early stages of my career which I overcame in part through the support of straight allies. That’s why I’m passionate about developing an inclusive work environment.

Over the 30 years there has been real and positive change in relation to equality and diversity in the workplace and the University of the Sheffield has been at the forefront of many innovative initiatives to enable LGBT+ staff and students to reach their full potential.

I am keen to continue the progress of this work as I recognise there is still more to be done".


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Events Programme throughout LGBT+ History Month - full details below

This year the LGBT+ Staff Network is hosting a number of lunchtime sessions to mark LGBT+ History Month. These are open to all University staff and students. We hope you will be able to join the informal sessions and share your learning with others.


Lunchtime talk - Dr. Chris Mowat

'Don't be a drag, just be a priest: clothing and the cult of Cybele in Ancient Rome'

Wednesday 6th February 2019
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Arts Tower, Level 1 Boardroom

Chris Mowat is a Teaching Associate in Ancient History at the University of Sheffield. They are particularly interested in the history of gender and sexuality, in both the ancient world as well as the modern, and in religious identities in the ancient world. Chris is also interested in the ways in which we can talk about (modern) categories of gender and sexual identities in the past, and the language we use to talk about non-normative identities. They are currently developing a research project on non-binary gender identities in the Roman world.

The session will conclude with Q&A.

Coffee and cake will be provided, please feel free to bring your own lunch. All University staff and students welcome.

Book your place here 


Keynote talk - Professor Chris Ashford

'Discussing the decriminalisation of gay sex - stories and spaces now and then'

Friday 15th February 2019
12.30pm - 1.30pm (join us for lunch from 12.00pm)

Alfred Denny Conference Room

Chris Ashford 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. 

The session will conclude with Q&A. All University staff and students welcome.

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Lunchtime talk - Friends of Edward Carpenter

'An introduction to Edward Carpenter'

Tuesday 19th February 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Firth Court, Council Room

Edward Carpenter (1844 -1929) was a significant cultural and political activist, who advocated the ‘Simplification of Life’ and put his beliefs into practice. For over forty years he formed a strong bond with the people of Sheffield, living openly as a gay man in Millthorpe, Derbyshire only a few miles away. His life was one of quiet celebration while his writings and example laid the foundation for the gay liberation movement of the twentieth century. Through his many friendships, Edward Carpenter traversed the divisions of class, gender, sexuality, race and creed.

The Friends of Edward Carpenter are a group of people who are dedicated to establishing a permanent memorial to Edward Carpenter in Sheffield City Centre, recognising his historical and social importance and unique association with the city.

The session will conclude with Q&A.

Coffee and cake will be provided, please feel free to bring your own lunch. All University staff and students welcome.

Book your place here 


Lunchtime talk - Zoyander Street

'Exploring the recent history of "queer games"'

Thursday 28th February 2019
12.30pm - 1.30pm
Arts Tower, Level 1 Boardroom

​Zoyander Street is an artist and critic, and is currently undertaking a PhD in the department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Their PhD thesis is about how game developers working on emerging platforms have conceptualised the emotions of players. More generally, their research is aimed at the generation of sympathetic critiques of technocultures and non-dualistic queer readings of human-computer interaction.

Zoyander will talk about the recent history of independent videogames that express LGBTQ+ perspectives. The talk will explore questions about what we expect from art scenes, queer spaces, and digital media, and what happens when we don't get what we expected.

The session will conclude with Q&A.

Coffee and cake will be provided, please feel free to bring your own lunch. All University staff and students welcome.

Book your place here