LGBT+History Month 2020 Is Here!
The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote LGBT+ rights, inclusion and history. This is done by increasing the visibility of LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, plus) people, their history, lives and their experiences; raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community; working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people.
2020’s LGBT History Month theme is ‘Prose, Poetry and Plays’, the three pillars which frame what we understand as literature. Literature created by LGBT writers acts as a gateway into understanding the landscape for LGBT people of the time. By learning about our history we can better comprehend where we are as a community today.
The LGBT+ Community alongside the LGBTQIA+ Society have created a wide range of events this year that are open to all: staff, students, friends, and the wider community. The LGBT+ Student Community theme this year is 'Shaping The Future' and thats exactly what we intend to do with you at CUSU...
Events this year include:
Spilled Tea; Poetry & Performance Night- We're bringing you a poetry evening with some of the best LGBTQIA+ spoken word artists in the UK including multi award-winning artist Jackie Hagan. Not only that, the night will include a performance of 'The Woman Who Works in Lidl Fancies Me' - A physical theatre piece with a difference - PLUS free vegan food from 'Dirty Kitch'
Hear Queer- An evening of your favourite songs by LGBT+ artists, covered by the Acoustic Music Society in The Courtyard with Rainbow Mocktails!
Niji Night @ Wagamama- The LGBT+ Community have worked alongside Wagamama Coventry to bring you Niji Night (Niji is the Japense Term for Rainbow). Come along and create your own teppan dish (noodles) and name it. The chefs will then cook the dish for you. You will be awarded points and the winning dish will get a £30 voucher! Not only that, there's rainbow origami too!!!!!!
LGBT+ Quiz Night @ The Yard- Join Coventry's best drag duo 'The Saturnos' as they test your LGBT+ history knowledge, especially for CUSU. There are prizes to be won on each round as well as a our HUGE prize for the overall winner!
- National Student Pride Trip - We've partnered with Future Finance to bring you the chance to go to National Student Pride 2020 in London for FREE! National Student Pride UK is the biggest gathering of LGBTQIA+ students in the UK. Previous speakers at the event have included Sir Ian McKellen, Olly Alexander & Courtney Act... And CUSU can't wait to take you there!
- Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening - We're giving you the chance to treat your eyes to this absolute classic! We'll provide the snacks, and we even have a glitter face paint stall beforehand so you watch the film in true Rocky Horror style. We'll also be raising money for Coventry Pride!
- Panel Talks and Sessions- We have a range of Panel Talks throughout the month including Shine A Light On The Right at Coventry Council House alongside Coventry Pride, the LGBTQIA+ Society, Andrew Moffat (No Outsiders) & LGBT+ Activists. We also have Questioning Coventry where you can ask questions to LGBT+ Staff and Students at Coventry University, whether you have questions about terminology, or simply want to learn more from the community, come along, we're happy to share!
AND THERE'S MORE! :
Throughout the month we'll also be providing our #GetItRight training sessions for staff and students, to promote LGBT+ knowledge and inclusivity on campus.
We're also running our #RainbowLaces campaign, and this year Varsity 2020 will be wearing our laces with pride!
Remember, you can sign up for a FREE pronoun badge this month by clicking here!
Keep your eyes peeled for LGBT+ art on campus, rainbow food courtesy of our work with Lo&C, Trans Clothes Swap, as well as social media campaigns such as the LGBTQIA+ society showcasing a different LGBT+ role model every day on Instagram!
As you can see, we have SO MUCH going on, so make sure you keep an eye on the CUSU website & What's On Page for all details!
We're shaping the future.