February is LGBT History Month. This month provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate LGBT culture, reflect on LGBT history and look to the future of activism.
This year’s official theme is CATALYST: 50 years of activism. This marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings in New York in 1969, and the birth of the modern Pride movement. Events will be held locally and nationally on a range of topics within and outside the official theme.
Events at Strathclyde include a panel discussion at Strathclyde Students’ Union: ‘There and back again: An exploration through 50 years of LGBT+ activism’, an evening of performance coordinated by the School of Education and the launch of ‘Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education: Practical Advice for Colleges and Universities’, a book by Dr Matson Lawrence and Dr Stephanie McKendry based on the findings of their award winning TransEDU research project.
At Strathclyde we’re committed to creating an environment in which all students, staff and visitors, irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or trans or gender status, feel welcomed and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour and harassment is not tolerated. To show our support for LGBT equality and our stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, this Purple Friday (22 February), the University will also light up several of its buildings in purple.
Keep an eye out for our purple buildings and if you’re sharing your photos of them, make sure to tag #strathlife and #LGBThistorymonth!