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What is LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month is the annual celebration of Queer liberation, art and history held every February. Throughout the month students and staff will be hosting events celebrating Queer history and culture.

LGBTQ+ History Month is all about raising awareness and voicing the current issues facing the LGBTQ+ community as well as celebrating, learning about and reflecting upon the unique history of Queer liberation and recognising those icons who paved the way.

This year the national theme for LGBTQ+ history month is "Politics in Art" and the UEA community will be hosting a wide series of events around this theme. At the SU we will also be exploring this plus a theme of "belonging" and creating a space where everyone can belong.

You can find out more about national events at LGBT+ History Month.

What does LGBTQ+ mean?

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We add the ‘plus’ because there are many other ways in which people choose to define themselves that do not conform to straight and cisgender*. Because the labels people choose to describe themselves can be fluid and there are often new terms and identities being added, the ‘plus’ encompasses all of these other identities.

*The term used to describe someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth; the opposite to transgender.

Beyond the Binary

This year we wanted to highlight those people whose gender identity is beyond that of the gender binary most of us are familiar with. Many of those people will use the term ‘non-binary’ to identify themselves. We want to recognise and acknowledge our non-binary UEA community and increase awareness through the use of informative events for non-binary people and allies.

As part of this work we want to write a formal open response regarding the governments recent decision on gender neutral passports and intend to publish any response(s) we might get back.*

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*This open letter will be sent during March 2022, if you would like to get involved you can email your welfare, community and diversity officer.

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Remember Stonewall

The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

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Section 28

Section 28 was a legislative designation for series of laws that prohibited the "promotion of homosexuality" by local authorities; including schools. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, it was in effect from 1988 to 2000 in Scotland and 2003 in England and Wales. It caused many organisations such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student support groups to close or limit their activities or self-censor.

The effects of Section 28 were long-reaching and caused lasting damage to the lives of the LGBTQ+ community, setting back human rights for years to come.

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Events

What's on?

UEA Students' Union Pronoun and Ally Badge Making DSD
1st February 2pm - 4pm
Bookable Room 6
Do Something Different | Non Alcohol Focused | Making Friends | All Abilities | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union LGBTQ+ History Film Series - Thelma (2017)
1st February 6pm - 8:30pm
Lecture Theatre 4
Entertainment | Free | LGBTQ+
Marxist How to fight for LGBT rights!
3rd February 6pm - 8pm
Arts 2.03
The true road to liberation is revolution.
Society | LGBTQ+
Judo & Japanese Jiu Jitsu Judo DSD Taster
3rd February 6pm - 8pm
Congregation Hall 01.19
It's never too late to pick up a new hobby or skill, so why not try judo!
Training | Do Something Different | Sports Club | Beginners | All Abilities | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union Pronoun and Ally Badge Making DSD Round 2!
7th February 2pm - 8th February 4pm
Bookable Room 6
Do Something Different | Non Alcohol Focused | LGBTQ+
Judo & Japanese Jiu Jitsu Judo DSD Taster
7th February 6pm - 8pm
Congregation Hall 01.19
It's never too late to pick up a new hobby or skill, so why not try judo!
Training | Do Something Different | Sports Club | Beginners | All Abilities | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union Keith Haring Inspired Art Club DSD
8th February 2pm - 4pm
Bookable Room 1
Free | Do Something Different | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union LGBTQ+ History Film Series - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
8th February 6pm - 8:30pm
Lecture Theatre 4
Entertainment | Free | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union Intro to Queer History Workshop
11th February 2pm - 3:30pm
Bookable Room 1, Union House
Join us in bookable room one, where Dr Jacob Bloomfield will be leading their workshop 'Intro to Queer History'. Hosted by the Gender Studies MA in collaboration with uea(su)
Liberation Networks | LGBTQ+
Judo & Japanese Jiu Jitsu Judo DSD Taster
14th February 6pm - 8pm
Congregation Hall 01.19
It's never too late to pick up a new hobby or skill, so why not try judo!
Training | Do Something Different | Sports Club | Beginners | All Abilities | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union The Art of Belonging: Painting
21st February 2pm - 4pm
Bookable Room 6
Do Something Different | LGBTQ+
Philosophy LGBTQ+ Month Discussion Group
23rd February 2pm - 4pm
Mitre, 131 Earlham Rd Norwich, Norfolk NR2 3RF
Join us for a discussion on LGBTQ+ thinkers, ideas and literature. We will be discussing inequality, the notion of gay rights in philosophy, philosophy in the arts, LGBTQ+ poetry and more!
Society | Cultural | Other Venues | Non Alcohol Focused | Decolonise UEA | LGBTQ+
UEA Students' Union LGBTQ+ History Film Series - Tangerine (2015)
23rd February 6pm - 8:30pm
Lecture Theatre 3
Entertainment | Free | LGBTQ+
Pride Aro Spec Awareness Week Coffee and Cake
24th February noon - 3pm
BDS 0.29
Come along with your work, something to drink and and snacks you woould like and get the chance to do your work in a safe and inclusive environment
LGBTQ+
Do Something Different The Art of Belonging: LGBTQ+ Art Exhibition
25th February 11am - 4pm
The Exhibition Space, Union House
Free | Do Something Different | LGBTQ+
Womanist WOC Safe Space: LGBTQ+ Love Movie Night
25th February 6pm - 8pm
Lecture Theatre 3
Come watch The Handmaiden with us!
Free | Society | Cultural | Non Alcohol Focused | Making Friends | LGBTQ+
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