February is LGBT History Month

LGBT flag

February is LGBT History Month and to mark the occasion here’s a quick look at our latest equality and diversity work, a few words from Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Professor of Enterprise and Engineering Education, who has recently entered the LGBT UK Leaders & Advocates Powerlist for the first time, and an overview of LGBT History Month events.

400 people have signed up to our LGBT allies programme, Open@TUoS, since it launched in January. If you've signed up to be a supporter, look out for your supporter pack and rainbow lanyard which should be with you soon. If you've not signed up and would like to, everyone is welcome to join the mailing list.

The launch of Open@TUoS came as we were ranked as a top 100 employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff for the third year running in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list

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.

Students’ Union LGBT History Month events – everyone welcome

Screening of the 2015 film, Pride

This year's flagship event is a History Month Exhibition on Monday 29 February, including a screening of Pride, the critically acclaimed 2015 film, introduced by representatives from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) the charity the film is about. The screening starts at 7pm.

Book Pride screening, 29 February

Supporting Sheffield's LGBT+ Youth: A Panel Discussion

Growing up as an LGBT+ young person can be extremely difficult, and uniquely challenging. This panel discussion draws together leading youth charities from across Sheffield to discuss the many diverse ways we can support, empower, and mentor Sheffield's LGBT+ young people.

Book panel discussion, 17 February

Addressing Intersections: Sexual Violence and Mental Health

Liam Wilding of CrazyLife UK will be sharing his experience of sexual violence and mental health, exploring the intersections, impacts, and interactions. Liam will be drawing from his own experiences, as a result this session will be hard hitting – relevant content notes will be given at the beginning of the event and a refuge space will be provided throughout the duration. The event is free and open to all.

Book Addressing Intersections, 24 February

There are also plenty of events taking place in the city, visit LGBT Sheffield.

Elena recently went straight in at number 39 on the LGBT UK Leaders & Advocates Powerlist, a weekly list of the most inspiring social media accounts. Here she talks about what this means to her:

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

“I made a commitment to myself to support my colleagues, my students, my University and society in general on issues of equality and diversity, as well as using my professional skills to help as much as I can, wherever I can.

“This is not about me, really. It is about taking a debate out there for people to ponder about, chew on and act on. It is not even about LGBT in particular but about equality. As true equality means that all people, whoever they are, wherever they are from, whatever they believe in and so on, have the same opportunities to achieve and live a happy and fulfilled life.

“Having said all of that, the fact that we (not me!) have made it into the LGBT UK Leaders and Advocates Powerlist is a reflection of what we collectively are doing to bring about true equality and a more diverse community.

“The Open@TUoS campaign, the LGBTSTEMinar held just a few weeks ago, the LGBT Staff Network and many other initiatives are giving us a more visible and public opportunity to share our practice. More importantly, I genuinely hope, they are allowing us internally to reflect on the fact that our University is trying very hard to be a truly inclusive institution and that we should all feel safe here to be who we are and be even better at what we do.”

Read Elena’s recent blog post, #ILookLikeAnLGBTEngineer, will it affect my progression?