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LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month (2023)

Pride flag: Colourful, bold abstract flag showing the colours associated with LGBT prideLGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans+ and queer culture taking place in February each year. It provides an opportunity to reflect on and remember the history of the LGBT+ rights and related civil rights movements. As Sue Sanders, founder of LGBT+ History Month also stated, it is an opportunity to "educate out prejudice".

The library is proud to recognise this important event and working together with the Staff LGBT+ Network and the Student LGBTQ+ Forum we look forward to delivering:

  • A curated online guide including a reading list highlighting relevant library resources and collections
  • A physical display of print books in the library building (A floor)
  • 'Behind the Lens' display & display of books to recognise & celebrate LGBT+ History Month
  • A playlist of programmes and documentaries celebrating LGBTQ+ history and lives
  • A free film screening of a LGBTQ+ film chosen by YOU on Thursday 9th February from 6 - 7 p.m.  Place your vote from the shortlist selected with the LGBTQ+ Forum and LGBT+ Staff Network from 1st February on Lancaster University Library Instagram
  • A collection of LGBT+ ebooks and audiobooks on the Libby app

The book display and 'Behind the Lens' display will be available from Tuesday 7th - Tuesday 28th February - Library A Floor.

2023 LGBT+ History Month Theme

The theme for LGBT+ History Month 2023 is Behind the Lens 

The LGBT+ History Month 2023 #BehindTheLens celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens.

Directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, make up artists, lighting directors, musicians, choreographers and beyond.

At a time when LGBT+ lives are in the media we also encourage you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences.

Lancaster University LGBTQ+ Forum

  • Open to all LGBTQ+ & questioning students, free!
  • Runs regular coffee evenings, awareness campaigns, bar takeovers & more...
  • Has a variety of dedicated Welfare Officers who run a weekly welfare hour for students to drop in and talk to
  • Provides a voice for LGBTQ+ students at Lancaster University

Lancaster University LGBT+ Staff Network

Image of a flag with a red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple horizontal stripe. Text to the right of the flag reads Lancaster University LGBT+ Staff NetworkThe Lancaster University LGBT+ Staff Network exists to empower lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual or questioning (LGBTQIA+) staff and postgraduate students by creating a safe and supportive working environment for its members. We hold regular meetings and events, and communicate with our members, staff and students on LGBTQIA+ issues.

We aim to raise awareness and the profile of LGBTQIA+ issues and ensure that there are visible role models at different levels of the organisation.

Membership is open to all permanent and temporary staff or postgraduate students at Lancaster University who define themselves as LGBTQIA+, and any permanent and temporary staff or postgraduate students who consider themselves to be our allies. We are inclusive of people with multiple identities and particularly welcome members from marginalised and underrepresented groups.

To join the Network, please email