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LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month (2022)

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 LU Staff LGBT+ Network and the LU Student LGBTQ+ Association 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)
  • A playlist of programmes and documentaries celebrating LGBTQ+ history and lives
  • The promotion of events held within Lancaster University and beyond. 
  • A free film screening of Pride on Friday 25th February from 5 - 7 p.m.

2022 LGBT+ History Month Theme:

Picture showing a rainbow being painted by a hand and arm with blue, pink and white stripes.Text reads LGBT+ History MonthThe theme for LGBT+ History Month 2022 is Politics in Art: 'The Arc is long'.

Five artists have been chosen (one each to represent the L,G,B,T and '+' of the community) who have either used their talents for 'political' ends or expressed their orientation through their work. The artists are:

  • Keith Haring. His dancing figures were used to draw attention to the growing AIDS crisis of the early 1980's. 
  • Doris Brabham Hatt and Fiore de Henriquez who both fought against fascism in the 1930s. 
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat a graffiti artist
  • Mark Aguhar‘s life “and mere existence was an act of confronting white hegemony”.

‘The arc is long’ has been chosen as the tagline and is from Dr Martin Luther King jnr’s quote:

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”.

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

Lancaster University Student LGBTQ+ LiberationArts

Bookshelves in what looks to be a library, topped with a rainbow flag on which the text 'Read' is displayedProduced by the Lancaster University Students' Union VP Welfare, Amy Merchant, and the LUSU LGBTQ+ Officer, Jesse Phillips, the LGBTQ+ LiberationArts LibGuide recommends books, films, series and more. 

See: LiberationArts LibGuide