The beginning of February marks the start of LGBT+ history month, where we celebrate the LGBT+ community here at UEA and in wider society. At uea(su) we're putting on a whole range of events throughout the month, from panel discussions and debates to club nights, to encourage conversation about issues LGBT+ people face and promote equality and diversity in University life.
An area I want to particularly focus on this year is the involvement of LGBT+ people in sports. I've been involved in the BUCS #Takeastand campaign (a national initiative to tackle discrimination on sports) for a while and it's been great to see our sports clubs embrace it. Last year we saw rainbow laces being worn by our teams as a demonstration against homophobia, and these will be distributed again this LGBT+ history month.
In addition, there will be a panel discussion: being lgbt+ in sports, held on the 2nd of February in the sportspark. I'll also be supporting our LGBT+ officers to promote education around issues within sport and we'll be running LGBT+ specific sessions, such as self defence classes.
The celebrations end with one of our famous Colours LCR nights on the 1st March, which promises to be an excellent night out. You can find a full list of events here and if you have any questions get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like to be involved in improving inclusivity in sport you can also get in contact with me via email@example.com