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LGBTQ+ History Month

By FLcs 09 Feb 2021

LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ is an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning.

LGBT+ History Month and why it is celebrated in February

LGBT+ History Month is celebrated every February and is the time to celebrate the history, culture, contributions and improvements required in current fights for LGBT+ equality. In the UK, it is celebrated in February because it coincides with the abolition of Section 28 in the UK in 2003. This section was a law in the UK which prohibited the education on LGBT+ identities and issues surrounding, as it was deemed to be ‘promoting’ LGBT+ people.

LGBT+ History Month at Coventry University

Coventry University Student Union (CUSU) celebrates the LGBT+ History Month every February and is committed to raising awareness of the prejudices faced by LGBTQ+ people, and campaign for greater inclusivity.

The LGBTQ+ Student Community is a space where you can freely share your ideas, opinions and concerns about being an LGBTQ+ Student at Coventry University. They organise events, campaigns, suggest policies and do whatever they can to make Coventry University a better space for you. This community is entirely open to everyone, whether you’re an LGBTQ+ student or an ally who is passionate about making the university a more inclusive space.

If you are interested in joining the Coventry University LGBTQIA+ Society which is an inclusive, safe space for everyone in the community, follow the link below:

https://www.cusu.org/society/lgbtqia/

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Events

Throughout February, there are multiple virtual events hosted to celebrate the LGBT+ History: Queer voices from the pandemic; We love LGBT History Live; Legal Activism and the Advancement of Trans Rights; Pride and Protest and so many more. All these events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month. You can even host one yourself!

More information: https://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/whats-on/

Coventry LGBT+ Services & Groups

  • Coventry Pride Coffee Mornings
    A place where you can meet the LGBT+ community members, chill out, relax and grab a coffee together. When possible (not in lockdown), the LGBT+ community meets every 2nd Saturday of the month so keep an eye on their social media if you want to join!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2323690861281347/
  • YANA – You Are Not Alone
    This event (that is usually hosted once a month throughout the year) is for the trans members of the community in Coventry and is a safe space to meet. The events usually take place in The Yard. Keep an eye for updates!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/362465094645617/
  • Grapevine
    This community is committed to helping people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage in Coventry. If you need further information of their provided support, follow the link below:

    https://www.grapevinecovandwarks.org

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