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What is LGBT+ History Month?

LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration that provides education and insight into the issues faced by the LGBT+ community and works to combat prejudice against them, it takes place each February in the UK.
The LGBT+ History Month 2024 theme is Medicine – #UnderTheScope, celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today. This is a chance to showcase the amazing work of LGBT+ staff across the NHS and in other healthcare settings, in providing healthcare, especially during the Pandemic. Whilst still shining a light on the history of the LGBT+ community’s experience of receiving healthcare which has been extremely complicated leaving LGBT+ people still facing health inequalities even today. This page is a virtual celebration of our LGBT+ history as well as featuring all you need to know about in-person and virtual LGBT+ History Month celebrations at the University of Plymouth and beyond.

Why celebrate it?

LGBT+ History is often hidden within our society, culture and institutions due to homophobic and transphobic laws of the past as well as discriminatory and prejudiced attitudes today and so we need to uncover and celebrate LGBT+ history whenever we can as the better we understand our past, the brighter our future. It is thanks to brave queer people in the LGBT civil rights movement, particularly trans women and queer people of colour, that we have many of the rights we take for granted today and LGBT+ History Month is our opportunity to shine a light on those stories and celebrate their legacy.

Learn about LGBT+ history and culture

Pride in Faith:
Pride at Work:
LGBT+ Allies Training:
LGBT+ Toolkit (sharepoint.com):
Plymouth LGBT+ Archive:
Library Guides:
Trans Awareness Training:

Become an LGBT+ Ally!

Are you passionate about supporting your LGBT+ colleagues and students? If you identify as heterosexual and/or cisgender but still want to help the University of Plymouth address LGBT+ equality then you may wish to join our vibrant LGBT+ Allies Network!

LGBT+ Staff Network

Our LGBT+ Staff Network is our longest-standing and one of our largest staff networks and they warmly welcome new members throughout the year for social events, professional development and confidential support. Membership is confidential and any LGBT+ member of University or UPSU staff can join.

Take part in an upcoming event

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LGBT+ Inclusion

Discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation or transgender status are unacceptable and not tolerated at the University of Plymouth. We aim to create an environment that welcomes all and celebrates everyone for who they are.
We are a proud , we sponsor in August every year and host every May along with the Students Union. As well as this we are here to offer practical support and guidance to all LGBT+ staff and students.