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LGBT+ History Month Events 2020

You can find information on all the latest events below.


Exploring gender identity and sexuality: uncovering experiences of the LGBT+ community at work

Dr Ashley Williams (Manchester; hosted by Neill Thompson)

12 Feb, 4pm in Northumberland Building 149

The LGBT+ employee population has been described as one of the largest, but least studied, minority groups in the workforce. The limited research that has been conducted over the past few decades in this domain consistently demonstrates that LGBT+ employees suffer significant discrimination, harassment and unemployment. In addition, LGBT+ employees face many unique experiences related to the invisible nature of sexual and gender identity.

The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview of research investigating the experiences of LGBT+ individuals in the workplace. In doing so, we will explore some of the key challenges in this research domain, and ways in which they can be overcome. The presentation will also provide an overview of my own contributions to this body of literature, including a study of LGB experiences of inclusion in the workplace, and an exploratory study of the impact of stereotypes on the career experiences of LGBT+ individuals. 


NSU Talk: LGBT and Disability

17 Feb, 6pm - 8pm in Northumbria Students Union

Join us for a talk on the intersectionality between LGBT issues and disability and the barriers people face, from NUS Officers Eden (Trans Students’ Officer) and Piers (Disabled Students’ Officer), as part of LGBT History Month at NSU.


Student Gender Identity and Reassignment Guidance for Students Consultation Event.

21 Feb, 1 - 3pm.  

Northumbria University is reviewing its guidance and support procedures for transgender students and has developed ‘Gender Identity and Reassignment Guidance for students’ documents to outline our commitment and support routes for students who are considering transitioning, currently transitioning or would like support or guidance following their transition. We want to work with students to ensure the guidance is clear and fully encompassing ahead of its formal approval. We encourage any students who may be interested in reviewing the draft guidance and giving us their thoughts and feedback to attend the consultation event which is running on Friday 21st February 2020 from 1pm-3pm 

To book on this event, please email Leanne Harrison (Accessibility & Inclusion Apprentice) at 


Toilets, Gender and Queer Crip Politics - Dr Jen Slater, Sheffield Hallam University.

24 Feb, 1 - 2pm, Sandyford Building 212 

Since 2015 a group of researchers, activists, artists and students working under the name 'Around the Toilet' have been asking what makes a safe and accessible toilet space. Beginning by exploring the experiences of queer, trans and disabled people, the project has since broadened to consider toilets in relation to parenting, travelling, cleaning and labour, faith and religion, schools and work. In this talk I will discuss some of the trials and tribulations of toilet politics and activism, particularly in relation to gender and disability. Far from mundane, we will show the toilet to be a highly political space of exclusion and belonging, often reaffirming our place within society. 

Note: This event is part of the Art, Design and Social Sciences Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Seminar Series.


Trans Awareness Session

25 Feb, 12.30pm - 2pm, Coach Lane Black A Room A002

Phillippa Scrafton is the Programmes Officer for Stonewall Scotland and Northumbria University’s Stonewall contact. Phillippa is an ‘out’ trans woman and a prominent equalities campaigner and activist. She believes in celebrating diversity and working together to cross cultural and social barriers.

The session will look at:

- language and terminology

- the legal context

- the issues/barriers that trans, including non-binary, individuals face.

- the importance of being a visible trans ally


It is open to all Northumbria staff and students to attend, there is no requirement to book , just turn up for the session.


Beyond the Rainbow - Why Use a Rainbow Lanyard?

26 Feb, 12.30 - 2pm, Sandyford Building 303 

Are you a member of staff or a postgraduate student at Northumbria University? Do you want a free rainbow lanyard? Get yours at a drop-in lunchtime session, where members of the LGBTQ* Network will chat with you about the importance of being visible, being supportive and being ally of the LGBTQ* community! We are also teaming up with the Students Union which will be fundraising for the Albert Kennedy Trust which aims to prevent LGBT youth homeliness.


Screening of Tell it to the Bees, + Q&A with author, Fiona Shaw

11 March, 6.30pm, Star and Shadow 

 It’s 1950s Britain, & single mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) is abandoned by her husband. When she meets the local doctor, Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) a friendship develops. A close friendship, or something more? 

As part of LGBTQ History Month 2020 (just a few days late!), join us on Wednesday March 11, 6.30pm, for a free screening of Tell it to the Bees, followed by author Fiona Shaw in conversation with Jacky Collins about why she wrote the novel, and what the film made of her story.

Bring your questions, voice your thoughts. Stay for a drink and continue the discussion afterwards.

Official trailer

Fiona Shaw on the politics of film endings

Book your tickets here

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