LGBT History Month - 2012
Welcome to LGBT History Month
The University of Salford is proud to announce its annual celebration of LGBT History Month. This year’s diverse range of events will include speakers from the world of sport, media, journalism and publishing as well as craft and writing workshops, and a performance by the Manchester Gay & Lesbian Chorus. The LGBT Staff Network welcomes colleagues, students and the public to celebrate the achievements of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
To book a place on any event, please contact our Events Officer, Harriet Morgan-Shami on email@example.com or 0161 295 9003
All of our events are free to attend!
Launch Event – Sports Media and Sexuality: A Panel Discussion
Thursday 2nd February, 6.15pm-8pm
MBA Suite, University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus,
Plot B4, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2HE
Join leading figures from the world of sport, media and journalism to discuss the representation of LGBT issues in contemporary sports media.
Panel members will include:
Basket ball star Jon Amaechi (the first NBA player to come out)
Bob Ballard (former BBC commentator and sports reporter)
Sarah Williams (Equality & Diversity Manager for the Rugby Football League)
Claire Harvey (Paralympian sitting volley ball player)
Dave Randles (Sports journalist and University of Salford academic)
Chris Noble MBE (Director, Sheffield Eagles)
Refreshments will be provided.
The event will be preceded by Take Action: Make Schools Safer, a workshop for teachers aimed at helping schools challene homophobic bullying, support all their young people and promote understanding across communities.
On The Fringes
Storytelling Workshop led by Michelle Green
Tuesday 7th February, 12-2pm
Bronte Room, Faraday House, Crescent Campus.
A unique opportunity to explore untold stories with a focus on the experience of being on the fringe of mainstream LGB&T discourse.
Is there an erasure or denial of people and histories from without/within LGB&T communities?
Facilitated by writer Michelle Green, this workshop will take a creative approach to discussing:
- Categories of sexuality and gender in common use in the general populace, those used within LGB&T communities, those used in more marginal communities, the borders between those and who guards them (and why?).
- Historical invisibilities (eg, Queen Victoria saying lesbians don't exist; Billie Holiday being assumed straight despite her having some female lovers), and how these erasures deny the contributions, achievements and lives of LGB&T individuals.
Share stories, make connections and find missing persons in your own histories.
Waterstones will also be coming along and selling LGBT themed books throughout the event.
Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series
Professor Ben Light - Contemporary Digital Media, Gender and Sexuality
Tuesday 7th February, 6.30pm
Digital Performance Lab, Ground Floor, MediaCityUK.
Whilst it is still that case that just under a quarter of the UK population still either have no access or do not desire access to the Internet, it is difficult to deny the importance that it, and related sociotechnical sets of arrangements, continue to have for everyone – users and non-users alike. This lecture will draw from research undertaken on my own, and in collaboration with others across various disciplines, over the past 5 years. This programme of work has focussed upon people’s lived experiences of a variety of digital media – most especially that which we associate with the Internet. Throughout this lecture I will draw upon my studies of Internet Dating, Digital Gaming, Social Networking sites and so called ‘Social Media’, in order to consider the continuing importance of ‘the digital’ with respect to gender and sexuality in everyday life and, particularly, as related to those who can experience marginalization and social exclusion in this respect.
Professor Light is Associate Dean - Research and Innovation in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Digital Media, in the school of Media, Music and Performance. He is a member of the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre and sits on the University’s Digital Cluster Executive.
Professor Light is interested in how people get different kinds of technologies to work for them on an everyday basis. He started out looking at this in the 1990s, generally in the workplace. However, since then he has found that developments outside work have tended to hold his attention more. He still does research about people and work, but given the way life is being played out in many (but not all) parts of the world, there’s more to do beyond this. Informed by the science and technology studies, his current research agenda centres on analysing the development and use of digital media – particularly those linked with the Internet in some way.
Lesbian & Gay Foundation Pub Quiz
Friday 17th February, 5.30pm-7pm
Bar Yours, University House, Peel Campus, University of Salford
To celebrate LGBT History Month, the LGF will be touring the region to test your knowledge on all things LGBT. From sport & entertainment to politics and history, see how much you know about the achievements and contributions made by leading LGBT figures.
Transgender Equality Training delivered by TREC
Tuesday 21st February, 2pm-4pm
Derwent Room, University House, Peel Campus, University of Salford.
TREC’s training sessions have been developed to increase awareness and understanding of the trans diversity strand. Participants are introduced to key topics pertaining to trans people and their identities, communities and lives.
The sessions provide best practice guidance and legal information through a visual/oral presentation, group exercises and real-life scenarios.
This event is primarily aimed at University of Salford staff, however individuals are welcome to enquire about availability.
Unfortunately the event with the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus has had to be cancelled.
We are working closely with the choir and hope to put on a concert later in the year at a future event. Watch this space!
Click here for a daily dose of history. We have put together a few pages of interesting figures, events and organisations to peruse when you are not at an event.