Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.

#DMUpride at the Phoenix: Tomboy (U) @ Phoenix Cinema
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm

Ten-year-old Laure moves to a new Paris neighbourhood with her family. Telling people her name is Mikael, she spends an exciting summer as a boy. Wonderfully heartfelt, uplifting and free of clichés, Celine Sciamma’s tender exploration of identity is made all the more memorable by Zoé Héran who is revelatory as Laure/Mikael, delivering an outstanding performance that made Tomboy one of the best films of 2011.

#DMUpride in Conversation @ The Venue, De Montfort University
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This event explores the international situation of the LGBT community.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in Higher Education Seminar @ Edith Murphy House, De Montfort University
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This seminar will bring together three speakers from the higher education sector:
Dave Clarke, a Professor of Nursing and Chair of the LGBTQ Action Group at the University of Leicester, will explore the experience of gay, male, undergraduate nursing students and the Stonewall Inclusive Curriculum project which he led during his time at Cardiff University.
Dr Zowie Davy, a VC2020 and Senior Lecturer in LGBTQ Research at DMU, will present on the importance of facilitating LGBT medical, health and social care content in higher education teaching.
Chris Hall, DMU’s Head of Equality and Diversity, will discuss the impact of the transgender, gender-fluid and non-binary staff and student policy implemented by the university in November 2017.

#DMUpride at the Phoenix: Tongues Untied (18) @ Phoenix Cinema
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm

A seminal documentary on Black gay life, presented in partnership with the Institute of
Contemporary Arts’ Artists’ Film Club. Directed by Emmy award-winning Marlon T Riggs, Tongues Untied uses poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance to describe the homophobia and racism facing Black gay men.

Curve Theatre and DMU Present: At a Stretch @ Curve Theatre
Feb 19 @ 4:30 pm

At a Stretch is part of a series of productions and events to celebrate #DMUpride, which have been curated by DMU students thanks to the university’s partnership with Curve. This wordless visual theatre production tells the story of two women who meet, get stuck
together with elastic and, despite their best efforts, fall in love.
Suitable for families and children aged six and above, the show includes sharp physical
comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre.
WINNER of the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award 2017.

Curve Theate and DMU present: Gypsy Queen @ Curve Theatre
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?
‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.
In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

#DMUpride at the Phoenix: Call Me By Your Name (15) @ Phoenix Cinema
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm

Director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) made the breakout hit of last year with a
gorgeous sensual romance to make the heart ache. In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), the son of a university professor, looks forward to whiling away his holidays at his family’s villa. But the arrival of handsome and charismatic American graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer) throws off his plans and the two spend a sun-drenched summer of fledgling desire. The screening will be introduced by Professor Dominic Shellard,
Vice-Chancellor at DMU.

DMUtalks presents: ‘it was a movie we all felt strongly about, because nobody really wanted to make it’: 30 years of James Ivory’s Maurice (1987) @ De Montfort University
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Professor Claire Monk reflects on the journey of
British cinema through the prism of James Ivory’s
Edwardian gay male romance Maurice (1987),
which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 and
is now recognised as an LGBTQ+ film classic.
Drawing on her own insights and Ivory’s
production archives, Professor Monk’s lecture
is a behind-the-scenes of this landmark film.
With Ivory back in the media spotlight as the
screenwriter of the Oscar-tipped Call Me By Your
Name, Professor Monk explores what it was like
to make the first affirmative mainstream gay film
– and a gay classic ‘heritage’ literary adaptation –
in the 1980s.
Refreshments will be served from 6pm and
following the talk.

Curve Theatre and DMU presents: Polaris @ Curve Theatre
Feb 24 @ 7:15 pm

Fresh from a sell-out run, Polaris is a free trip around the world. It’s the kind of dark humour that comes from being thwacked in the face by everything and everyone possible. Self-aware, self-deprecating, and absolutely no selfies, this coming-of-age story is full of sex, sexuality, and some sad stuff.
The true story of growing up everywhere and fitting in nowhere, with added queer just for fun. (haha. fun.) Performed as part of a series of productions and events to celebrate #DMUpride, which have been curated by DMU students thanks to the university’s partnership with Curve.
This performance includes an after-show discussion by the writer and performer, Hannah

#DMUpride at the Phoenix: God’s Own Country @ Phoenix Cinema
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm

Captivating, bracingly open-hearted and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country was a standout film of 2017. Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works on his family’s isolated farm, numbing his loneliness with binge-drinking and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to help on the farm, Johnny must face up to new emotions which could change his life forever.

DMUtalks presents: BME Gqay and Bisexual Men: Identity, Stigma and Wellbeing and DMUtalks presents: Does Existing Leigislation Support LGBT People? @ De Montfort University
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Professor Jaspal will discuss how societal norms and stereotypes in relation to sexuality, religion and ethnicity can shape British South Asian gay men’s identities and experiences, as well as their strategies for coping. He will also outline their impact on physical health outcomes and the importance of campaigns and interventions for
reducing stigma on the basis of ethnicity and sexuality..
Dr Bradshaw will then look at the provisions of the Equality Act and organisational approaches to it, as well as the conflicts between religion and LGBT rights such as same-sex marriages.

Cultural Exchanges Festival Presents: Gregory Woods @ De Montfort University
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm

A reading by one of the country’s most influential LGBT voices, Professor Gregory Woods, offering a snapshot of his diverse body of work which spans 12 books since the 1980s, including Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World, A History of Gay Literature, Quidnunc and An Ordinary Dog.
Organised by the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing for #DMUpride as part of Cultural
Exchanges, an annual festival of ideas, insight and inspiration coordinated by DMU students.

Cultural Exchanges Festival Presents: Roly in Conversation @ De Montfort University
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) is a non-binary YouTuber and LGBTQ+ advocate living in London, with a passion for body modification and self-expression which he shares with his 100,000 plus subscribers online. He joins Jack Wilkin, Vice Chair of DMU’s LGBTQ+ Society, in conversation about how he uses his channel to help others accept themselves and their identities.
Organised for #DMUpride as part of Cultural Exchanges, an annual festival of ideas, insight and inspiration coordinated by DMU students.