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LGBT History Month upcoming events

February is LGBT History Month so a good time to celebrate our diverse staff and student community.

This year more so as we enter the top 100 Stonewall* Employers at number 51.

Our University has an active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) forum which is open to staff and students who work closely with our Equality & Diversity team and our Students' Union.

During February, there will be events organised, a display of LGBT resources in our libraries will be available from 1 February and on Wednesday 4 February Matteo Lissano from Stonewall provided feedback at a session at City Campus on our entry in their top 100 employers. Also on 4 February, our Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price signed the No Bystanders Pledge and was presented with a certificate by Stonewall's Sarah Foster on behalf of staff and students at our Student Hub.

Upcoming and previous LGBT activities can be viewed on the LGBT forum web pages and on our Library Pinterest site.

Transitions: Launch & Exhibition
Friday 13 February, 17:30-19:30, Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds LS7 3LW
To celebrate LGBT History Month, Inkwell has invited artists from LGB&T communities around the UK to submit work addressing the theme of “Transitions”, by selecting an early work and a recent piece from their practice, to show progression and development. The exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-17:00 until Tuesday 17 March.

On 19 February, LGBT forum members will join members of our other equality strand fora at an E & D Committee meeting after which lunch will be served: all staff on all forum groups are to be invited to have lunch.

There will be a Rainbow Rose Lunch, Thursday 26 February, 13:00-15:00, Ground Floor Foyer, Bronte, Headingley Campus, complete with cake and mingling, no need to book.

Karen Carney, Chair of the LGBT forum works tirelessly with forum members to cement the group and further that agenda as does Andrew Disbury, Director of the International Office at Leeds Beckett and senior LGBT champion.

Our Student Union LGBT Officer James Smith,jrm2smith@me.com has organised a full month of events which which will be broadcast through our social media channels throughout the month. LoveLGBTHistoryMonth Facebook page.

Also there is a new Students' Union post of Equality and Diversity Officer up for nominations in the SU Elections, you can nominate yourself or another student. All nominations must be submitted online by 16:00 on Thursday 12 February.

Further information about the programme of activities taking place will be updated in this story throughout the month.

*"Claiming our history, celebrating our present, creating our future"
Stonewall, a charity that works for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act.

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