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LGBT+ History Month is here!

Join us to celebrate diversity and inclusion, raise awareness of challenges faced by the LGBT+ community, in their lives, as well as celebrating their achievements throughout history. Identify ways to overcome these challenges and explore ways to promote good practice.

Events will gradually be released during the month of celebrations. Follow #UoSLGBTHM on social media for news and event announcements


LGBT+ History Month was first launched in 2005 to recognise and raise awareness of LGBT+ issues. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about LGBT+ issues throughout history, how far we have come in the fight for equality and recognise there is more to be done to encourage inclusivity and understanding in our community. February month was chosen to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in 2003, a policy which prohibited the "promotion" of homosexuality. This year's theme for LGBT+ History Month is Politics in Art which is an emotive communicator in the fight for equality.

This year, several teams from across the University, including the University of Southampton's Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, Wessex Institute (Faculty of Medicine), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton Student Union and the Festival team at the Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu), have come together to create a month of events to enjoy from the safety of your home, wherever you are in the world.

Join the conversation or talk about us on social media with #UoSLGBTHM

About the image accompanying #UoSLGBTHM

The image in the black banner (and social media assets) for #UoSLGBTHM was created by Wu Shao-Ning, MA Textile Design Student at Winchester School of Art.

"The inspiration of the print pattern was taken from pride flags and pride parades. The flags and the colours of the flags have become such recognizable element associated with the LGBT+ community and the parades I think is a wonderful symbol of how far we have come through and how inclusive we currently are. Though we still have a long way to go, I wish our society is marching towards a future that is progressive and accepting."

Alt-Text for the UoSLGBTHM accompanying image: an illustration featuring vibrant colours on a black background. It includes rainbows, pride flags, colourful balloons and umbrellas. The balloons convey celebration and the umbrellas represent 'weathering the storm'. The words LGBTQ+, 2022 and PRIDE are incorporated into the image, with each letter and number represented as a floating yellow balloon.