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Celebrating UK LGBTQ+ History Month 2021

This year's theme for LGBTQ+ History month is: Body, Mind and Spirit

February is a celebratory month here at MDX, to make LGBT+ people visible in all their rich diversity and to educate out prejudice, as we celebrate LGBT+ History Month this year; Body, Mind and Spirit.

At MDX, we pride ourselves in being a community where everyone is accepted and welcome. The LGBT+ Everyone Else Forum is one of a number of equality forums at MDX.

LGBTQ+ History Month focuses on the celebration and recognition of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus) people and culture, past and present; increasing the visibility of diverse LGBTQ+ histories, lives and their experiences.

It is a time for celebration - for people who fought for LGBT change and also a reminder that there is still an ongoing battle for LGBT+ equality and inclusion.

Every year 'five faces' are chosen to represent the theme of LGBT+ History Month, in order to highlight the life of a Lesbian woman, Gay man, Bisexual person and Trans person from history whose story we feel is worth hearing again, particularly if it is a story that has been straight-washed from the history books.

In keeping with the year’s theme, the five chosen icons are Lily Parr – a footballer, Mark Ashton – a trade unionist, Maya Angelou – a poet, Michael Dillon –  a Buddhist and Mark Weston – an athlete.

Want to learn more about the lives of the 5 icons? Watch the video below facilitated by The British Library.

Claiming our past, celebrating our present, creating our future.

Freelance curator and Schools OUT UK patron Dan Vo acted as host alongside Chair Professor and MDX Alumna Sue Sanders, introducing speakers talking through the lives of 2021's five chosen 'Faces'. 

Lou Engelfield, director of Pride Sports talks about Lily Parr. Cheryl Morgan of M-Shed and Out Stories Bristol talks about Michael Dillon. Alan Butler of Pride In Plymouth talks about Mark Weston. Kamara Dyer Simms of Haringey Vanguard talks about Maya Angelou. Mike Jackson from LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) talks about Mark Ashton.

How can I take part in LGBTQ+ History Month 2021?

MDXSU Events:


Outing the Past 2021 - The Festival of LGBT+ History

  • Wednesday 10 February | 6.30–8pm | Join for free on Zoom - register now

Throughout the evening we will be discussing the experiences of non-western LGBTQIA+ communities, with a focus on migration, the effects of empire and global activism.

Fierce Queens: House of Love

  • Friday 26 February | 7.30-9pm | Join online via Zoom | Pay what you can - register now

This year the fabulous Fierce Queens event will be taken over by Adam AllApple Derrieres!

Join us for an evening of extravagant drag performances, historic tours and creative activities that explore the theme of love amongst our royal residents and communities, past and present.

LGBT+ Resources and more

Beyond the Rainbow: Your Complete Guide to Pride Flags

Keep reading to learn about all of the pride flags. The variety that exists may surprise you!

Baroness Ruth Hunt: Building Bridges Amidst Culture Wars

The world is more socially and politically polarised than ever. Drawing on her 15 years at LGBT campaigning organisation Stonewall, 5 of which as CEO, Baroness Hunt talks about how finding compromise and common ground is not only possible but for society to survive, vital.

Middlesex University’s Distinguished Lecture Series 2021 is managed and chaired by Dr. Tim Evans

Ahead of #WorldAIDSDay, we’ve compiled a public @OnDemandBoB playlist for students and academic colleagues with some of the best documentaries and dramas about #HIV screened on British telly. Box of Broadcasts playlist can be found here.

Popular Podcasts:

  1. Making Gay History
  2. Always Here
  3. Queer As Fact
  4. Making Queer History
  5. Yesterqueer
  6. History Is Gay
  7. Mattachine
  8. Queer Britain
  9. The Log Books

Watch List: Movies, TV shows and more

Stories on Spotify:

London based LGBTQ+ bookshop:

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