Hello!

LGBT+ History Month is witnessed in February to coincide with a landmark celebration for LGBT+ people in Britain - the 2003 abolition of Section 28, a law in the UK that prevented local authorities and schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’.

The passing of Section 28 in the 1980s was fuelled by public outcry, the HIV crisis worsening the stigma against the LGBT+ community and attacks by the right-wing media on any literature that showed gay couples in a positive light. It had a huge impact on student groups, many of which shut down in fear of legal action being taken against them.

In the National LGBT+ survey that over 108,000 UK LGBT+ citizens participated in, participants only rated their life satisfaction at 6.5/10 compared to heterosexual citizens who rated it at 7.7. Transgender people rated their lives at 5.4/10. The Stonewall riots - a defining series of demonstrations by members of the LGBT+ community in response to police raids on LGBT+ spaces in the US - may have taken place over 50 years ago, but we are now seeing a resurgence of violence against our community. In the last 5 years, across England and Wales, we have seen the number of recorded hate crimes based on sexuality rise by 160%, while those against transgender people have almost quadrupled, with a significant proportion of that being against BAME members of our community.

So, it’s both an honour and a privilege that we are able to put on so many amazing events for such an important month, particularly within the context of being LGBT+ in the UK at the moment. We wouldn’t be here today, in a situation where we can be proud of our sexuality and gender, without those who fought for acceptance long before now.

However, it’s important to remember the work towards equality is far from over. We hope months like this give LGBT+ people on campus and beyond a chance to express themselves openly, and celebrate our community and its history. Whether LGBT+ or not, we hope you enjoy all the events in store this month, and show your support however you can! See you there!

Your LGBT+ Reps

Events

 

Tues 4th Feb

Gender Dysphoria Talk

6-8pm, Clark Kennedy LT, Whitechapel, free

Wed 5th Feb

LGBTea & Coffee

2-3:30pm, Blomeley 2, Students' Union Hub, free

Fri 7th Feb

Sexual health testing with Positive East

11am-2pm, Sign up @ Ground Café Mile End, free


Fri 7th Feb

LGBT+ Month Quiz Night

7-9pm, The Griff Inn, £1

Tues 11th Feb

LGBT+ Society Spoons Social

7-10pm, The Half Moon, Mile End Road

Wed 12th Feb

Finding an LGBT+ Friendly Employer

4-6pm, People's Palace 1, Mile End, free


Wed 12th Feb

Drag Extravaganza

7pm-late, Laird Hall, Whitechapel, £5

Thurs 13th Feb

Queer History Discussion

6:30-7:30pm, Bancroft 2.40, Mile End, free

Fri 14th Feb

Drag Extravaganza

7pm-late, Laird Hall, Whitechapel, £5


Wed 19th Feb

Positive East Discussion

2-4pm, David Sizer LT, Mile End, free

Thu 20th Feb

Honey: LGBT+ History Month

9pm-2am, Drapers Lounge, £2-£4 in advance, £5 on the door

Tues 25th Feb

Pride on Campus

6-8:30pm, Location TBC, free


Thurs 27th Feb

LGBTea & Coffee

2-3:30pm, Blomeley Room 1, Students' Union Hub, free

Thurs 27th Feb

LBGT+ Poetry Reading

5-7pm, Blomeley Room 2, Students' Union Hub, free

LGBT+ Culture List

Television

Pose · A-Typical · L Word: Generation Q · Euphoria · Schitt’s Creek · Special · Cucumber · Sense 8 · Sex Education · Queer Eye

Books

Queer City by Peter Ackroyd · Army of Lovers by Sarah Liss · Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg · Queer Intentions by Amelia Abraham


Cinema

Big Eden · But I'm a Cheerleader · Pride · Imagine Me and You · Love Simon · Moonlight · Tangerine · 120bpm · Carol

Music

Japanaese House · Dorian Electra · MUNA · FLETCHER · Chris(tine) & the Queens · Ji Nilsson · Sam Smith · Kim Petras · King Princess · Hayler Kiyoko · Troye Sivan · Mary Lambert · Against Me! · Cavetown · Lil Nas X · Frank Ocean · SOPHIE

Things to do in East London


Open Barbers

Pay-what-you-can queer friendly barbers for people of any/all genders, with welcoming staff and an accommodating online booking system, which allows you to provide your preferred pronouns before you arrive.


The Glory

Iconic LGBT+ pub & performance space owned by drag queens Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. Bringing you weekly discos, drag shows, and queer cabaret. Located in Dalston, a stones throw away from Dalston Superstore.


Out for Sport

Out for Sport is a volunteer-run organisation by London’s sport clubs in an attempt to increase participation in LGBT sport and raise awareness of the LGBT sports clubs around the city. We understand that participating in a sport as an LGBT+ person can be daunting, so why not give it a go with other, likeminded people?


Dalston Superstore

A cafe, art and social space bringing you drag brunches, club nights, and everything in between. Open seven days a week, you’re sure to find the night for you.


Gay's the Word

Head down to Marchmont Street to peruse the only speciality LGBT+ bookshop in England. Open since 1979, Gays the Word offers a varied & often updated selection of books, as well as hosting intimate book events.


Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

Late-night club venue with an excellent drag scene and a variety of inclusive events for all members of the LGBT+ community. Regular events we’d recommend include Girl Power and Boyz Nite Out.