Queen Mary is proud of its diverse staff and student body and recognises the significant contribution LGBTQ+ people have made to the University and the wider community. The University is proud to be part of the annual celebration of LGBT+ History Month, joining universities, schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations and employers, with a programme of events and activities to highlight the history and achievements of LGBTQ+ communities.

LGBT+ History Month takes place annually and aims to promote equality and diversity by:

  • increasing the visibility of LBGTQ+ people, their history, lives and their experiences,
  • raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBTQ+ community and,
  • working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBTQ+ communities.

The theme this year is Poetry, Prose and Plays in memory of Lyra Mckee 1990-2019. Get involved and mark the start of LGBT+ History Month at Queen Mary by coming along to the Flag Raising Ceremony at 11.30am on Monday 3 February outside the Queens Building on the Mile End Campus. Colleagues and students from across the University have worked hard to put together an incredible programme of events to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ people in society.

This LGBT+ History Month we are making our commitment to support and champion trans and bi staff and students that are often underrepresented and discriminated against both inside and outside the LGBTQ+ community.

So please do get involved wherever you can, by coming along to a film screening, a talk or LGBT+ History Month stall. The full programme of events can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there, and happy LGBT+ History Month to all.
Shamima Akter
Students’ Union Vice-President Welfare

Sheila Gupta
VP People, Culture & Inclusion

Philippa Lloyd
Vice-Principal, Policy and Strategic Partnerships

⭐ LGBT+ History Month