The University is celebrating LGBT History Month this February with a host of events.
LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transcommunity, its history, struggle, and culture.
Events are taking place across the Liverpool and around the UK. Below is the programme of events here at the University of Liverpool:
Rainbow Laces Campaign
Building on the success of 2016, Sport Liverpool and the Athletics Union will once again invite and engage all sports teams and clubs to sign up and pledge to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport. Clubs that sign up will wear rainbow laces for training and fixtures taking place on Wednesday, 1 February.
Exhibition: Andrew Fekete – Out of Time
Andrew Fekete arrived at the University of Liverpool in September 1972 to pursue his studies in Architecture. Fourteen years later he passed away, his life tragically cut short by an AIDS-related illness. During these few brief years, he embarked on a remarkable voyage of self-discovery through his prolific painting and writing.
Out of Time invites you to join Andrew Fekete on this journey through his paintings, drawings and diaries, starting with his formative years in Liverpool and ending with his final, unfinished image. The exhibition is open now until 22 April at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.
Pink Brick: LGBT Histories of the University of Liverpool (Online)
Pink Brick: LGBT Histories of the University of Liverpool is an online resource showcasing the events, stories and developments of LGBT issues here at the University. Charting developments from the 1960s to the present day, it covers issues including legal developments, notable events, personal recollections and more.
Originally a physical exhibition in 2011, the website is a record of the materials showcased, as well as additional materials and resources that weren’t. The exhibition website is available here.
Film Screening: ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’
In a seedy corner of London, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), a young Pakistani, is given a run-down laundromat by his uncle (Saeed Jaffrey), who hopes to turn it into a successful business. Soon after, Omar is attacked by a group of racist punks, but defuses the situation when he realizes their leader is his former lover, Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). The men resume their relationship and rehabilitate the laundromat together, but various social forces threaten to compromise their success.
This film tackles the difficult issues of racism, bigotry, violence and politics in early 80s Britain. Part of the series of events linked to the exhibition ‘Andrew Fekete: Out of Time’.
This free screening takes place at the Victoria Gallery & Museum on Saturday, 18 February at 2PM.
For the full list of LGBT History Month events at the University, please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/intranet/hr/diversity-equality/news/lgbthistorymonth2017/
For more information on what events are happening locally or nationally, please visit the LGBT History Month Calendar website.