Celebrating Diversity

LGBTQ+ History Month 2020

This year marks the 1tth anniversary of LGBTQ+ History Month in Britain.

February welcomes LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) History Month, celebrating the lives, achievements and promoting awareness of the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout LGBT History Month, we remember and celebrate important figures of history alongside those who continue to contribute to and celebrate equality in our society today. 

From educational talks, to classes in the art of drag, the month is filled with events celebrating equality, regardless of gender or sexual identity. Originating in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) celebrates LGBT History Month in February, whereas celebrations across the pond take place in October. 

LGBT History Month began as “Lesbian and Gay History Month”, created by Rodney Wilson, a high-school History teacher who wanted to challenge discrimination and celebrate LGBT history. It was against the backdrop of equality movements and marches across the 70s and 80s that LGBT History Month as it is known today was created in the US in 1995 and 2005 in the UK.

Over the years, the abbreviation LGBT has continued to evolve and grow to include all identities. Now, the full abbreviation, LGBTQQIAAP, stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Allies, Asexual and Pansexual, though is commonly shortened to LGBTQ+. 

February events in Portsmouth:

Rainbow Lanyards

Rainbow lanyards are now available in the Union Shop! Available throughout the month of February, show your support for LGBTQ+ equality with one of our rainbow lanyards. Get yours for just £3. 


Humans of Portsmouth

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with our Humans of Portsmouth across February, exploring the inclusivity and diversity of the city. If you want to take part in our Humans project email stories@upsu.net to speak to a member of the team. 


LGBT History Month launch event

Launch LGBT History Month 2020 celebration at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 5th of February from 6:30pm in Eldon Building. Featuring a wide range of events including a film festival featuring films on LGBT themes which premiers with the screening of The Shiny Shrimps (2019). 


LGBT Month Film Festival

A series of films will be shown in Eldon Building throughout February, hosted by the Portsmouth Film Society. Indoor screenings are free to all Portsmouth students. 

Wednesday 5th February: The Shiny Shrimps (2019) - 7pm 
Wednesday 12th February: Gay Chorus Deep South (Documentary) - 7:30pm  
Wednesday 19th February: 1985 (2018) - 7pm  
Wednesday 26th February: And We Dance (2019) - 7pm  

UPSU Pride Night

Join us at the Union on Monday 24th February 2020 for the first UPSU Pride Night. Doors open at 6:30pm as we host an evening open to students, staff and the wider community. Hosted by local legend, Cherry Liquor, spread a little sparkle and discover hidden talents with showcase performances throughout the night. 

Have the change to get your face painted before grabbing the perfect Insta moment at our Photo Booth courtesy of Party Spirit Photo Booth. Be the envy of everyone on your feed with the perfect pride night. 

A public lecture - Fighting with Pride: LGBTQ in the Armed Forces

A free public lecture by Lieutenant Commander Craig Jones MBE RN and Elaine M. Chambers will be held on Wednesday 12th February 2020, from 6pm - 7pm in Portland Building. The lecture will address the book Fighting with Pride which marks the 20th anniversary of lifting the British Armed Forces 'gay ban'. It brings together a selection of stories from LGBTQ+ service men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the Second world war. 

Admission is free, but please book a place on Eventbrite.


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