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02 Feb | Diversity & Inclusion

Politics in Art: ‘the Arc is Long’

LGBT+ History Month is every February. Its mission is to promote equality and diversity through improving the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their stories, raising awareness of, and educating people about, relevant issues, and making institutions safe spaces for all LGBTQI+ people. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. For 2022, the theme is Politics in Art: 'The Arc is Long'. Our month-long programme of events to celebrate LGBT+ history begins next week


“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”

Dr Martin Luther King Jnr

Programme of events 2022

Workshop: Trans Awareness: The Basics 

The workshop introduces the key aspects of trans-related matters, explaining what ‘trans’ means and describing the diversity of those who might use the term. It will introduce key concepts crucial to understanding trans people, explain the main legislation relating to trans identities, and outline ways in which we can work together towards being trans-inclusive. 

This virtual workshop is open to all staff and will i.The workshop will be particularly useful for staff working directly with students. 

  • Trans Awareness: The Basics
  • Date: 7 February 2022
  • Time: 10.00–12.00
  • To book: visit My View (use Trans Awareness in the keyword filter to find the course).

Workshop: History and Terminology – LGBTQI+ ‘101’

Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Specialist Claudia Carvell will guide participants through an interactive workshop covering key points in history and untangling the complex work of language and terminology.

  • LGBTQI+ ‘101’
  • Date: 15 February 2022
  • Time: 13.00–14.30
  • Registration detail to follow

Homosexual Aversion Therapy – A Transdimensional History

Dr Kate Davison, Goldsmiths University of London

Is the history of homosexual aversion therapy a history about men? A broad reading of the international medical literature from the 1950s to 1970s would suggest as much. A vast majority of published attempts to reorient or ‘cure’ homosexual desire reported only male patients. Yet many of these patients were married to women, had girlfriends, were women themselves, or indeed had more complex stories to tell about their own gender identity. The significance of these factors was typically left unexplored by therapists, but there are historical sources available that offer broader insights. In this paper I will talk about how we can read historical sources that appear to be about gay men in transdimensional ways – to mine them for insights into the experiences of lesbians, women and trans people too.

School of History & Heritage Research Seminar 

  • Research seminar: Homosexual Aversion Therapy – A Transdimensional History
  • Date: 16 February 2022
  • Time: 17.00–18.00
  • Join the seminar here

Developing the LGBTQ+ Online Inclusivity Toolkit

Dr Rachela Colosi and Dr Nick Cowen, School of Social and Political Sciences

Join Rachela and Nick as they take you through the development of the LGBTQ+ Online Inclusivity Toolkit

  • Developing the LGBTQ+ Online Inclusivity Toolkit
  • Date: 22 February 2022
  • Time: 13.00–14.00
  • Book here

Workshop: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Allyship

Hosted by UNISON

The workshop is for all staff wishing to learn about their role in creating a more inclusive organisation, and will include:

  • Develop an understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences in order to confidently advocate for more inclusive workplaces
  • Understand why LGBTQ+ inclusion at work is important and the benefits of creating a more inclusive culture on individuals and organisations
  • Explore the meaning of the term ally and identify first steps that they might take to be a more active and visible ally

  • Introduction to LGBTQ+ Allyship
  • Date: 28 February 2022
  • Time: 11.00–12.30
  • To book: please email Joy Knight
  • Joining instructions for the event will be sent the week before

NB: Allocation of places will be to UNISON members first, and then to everyone else on a first-come-first-served basis