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.
Queering the Collection: Cruising the Baths of Dürer’s Nuremberg @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

A queer reading of The Bath House by Albrecht Durer. Ryan Kearney will talk through the image but through a queer ‘contemporary’ lens, importing references or ideas from queerness today to a situation where queerness didn’t necessarily exist or at least not how we understand it. The talk will focus on public sex, cruising queer spaces such as the bathhouse and how that relates to the work in 1496.

The talk takes place at 13:30 and 15:00.

Ryan Kearney (b. 1995) is an independent writer and curator based between London and Birmingham. His on-going research centres on participatory and socially engaged curatorial practices, as well as how the displaying of queer archival histories can facilitate communal and intergenerational discussions.

Ryan’s writing has appeared in this is tomorrow and In the Pink, a publication launched by Grand Union and SHOUT Festival in November 2018. Recent projects include Three Models for Change, STRYX (2018); Rainbow Flag / Trojan Horse: Ian Giles, Recent Activity (2018); and Queering the Archive, Recent Activity (2017). He assists in delivering the public programme of Recent Activity, an artist-run space based in Birmingham.

Gender and Identity: Renaissance elbows and the Masquerade gallery tours @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 5 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

A new themed tour developed by The Barber to celebrate for LGBT History Month.

This tour will be run at: 11.30 and 1.15

Modern and Contemporary Forum (MAC) LGBT History Month Event @ University of Birmingham Arts building room 201
Feb 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Our February forum will have a special LGBT History Month theme! We have two speakers discussing their research on different aspects of LGBTQ history:

George Severs, University of Cambridge: ‘The Emotional Politics of Queer Sainthood during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in England’

Martha Robinson Rhodes, University of Birmingham: ‘Coming Out, Bisexuality and Ambivalence in Queer Oral Histories’

As usual, there will be time for questions and discussion, and plenty of refreshments. All welcome!

LGBTQ+ / Sexual Violence Event @ University of Birmingham Bramall building
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Wellbeing & Partnership team at the University of Birmingham will be holding a LGBTQ+ and Sexual Violence Awareness Event on Friday 8 February to coincide with LGBT History Month and Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

The event is not only about supporting the LGBTQ+ community, but to also recognise and celebrate the significant contribution LGBTQ+ staff and students have made to the University and wider community. The second part of this event will involve the promotion and awareness of Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (4th – 10th February 2019) which is a nationwide campaign that seeks to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence and, most importantly, of the support services available to survivors. A range of organisations will be attending to advise on the services that they offer.

This will be an informal event, open to both staff and students at the University. There will be light refreshments, activities and opportunities for networking throughout.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s Photography and Decolonising Queer Art History @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This lecture by Dr Greg Salter explores the art of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-89), a Nigerian-born, British-based photographer. Through his representations of the black queer body, Fani-Kayode’s work combines references to the AIDS crisis, the gay leather scene, Yoruba spirit possession, and histories of slavery. This lecture considers how Fani-Kayode brings these disparate elements together and how this might reshape narratives of queer British art history.

Greg Salter is lecturer in art history at the University of Birmingham. He is completing his first book Art And Masculinity In Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home (Bloomsbury), and is in the early stages of a new project on queer British art history and decolonisation.

Being out in the Work-place: networks, support and changing attitudes over time @ University of Birmingham Strathcona building Lecture Theatre 7
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hear from and chat with a panel of students and staff at various stages of their careers about being out in our sexual and gender identities in our workplaces, the challenges that this has brought and the role and value of employer based support networks.

Finding a Voice – LGBT and faith identities @ University of Birmingham Medical School Arthur Thompson Hall
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This event will provide a conversation about the intersection between religion/faith and the LGBT community, including personal accounts from individuals of different faiths and beliefs talking about their journeys. The panel discussion will bring together different views to explore approaches to living in a contemporary multi-faith and LGBT-inclusive society.

Queer Sorrow: a sad poetry workshop led by Al Anderson @ Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The general theme of the workshop shall be on ‘queer loneliness’, a deliberately vague category that shall be otherwise left to the imagination of the attendees. I shall invite those participating in the workshop to ‘respond’ to chosen artworks through their own writing. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own poetry, not necessarily reacting to the theme, along with them if they wish to have it read and critiqued (in the most friendly sense) by the group.

Al Anderson is a writer of poetry and prose originally from Birmingham. His writing has appeared in Lighthouse, Sonder, No Issue, Rapsodia, Rapso X and 2 of Pilot Press’ Anthologies: ‘a queer anthology of joy’ and ‘a queer anthology of rage’ and has been translated into Italian and FrenchHe is currently a PhD Candidate at UEA writing about The Baroque, Queer Phenomenology and inaccurate replication in contemporary poetry. He is also a dramaturge and most recently worked on ‘I occur here’ an award winning piece of devised theatre from the South American company, ‘oh dear.’

Who’s Afraid of Margery Fry? Reflections on Education and Birmingham’s Queer Heritage @ University of Birmingham Strathcona building Lecture Theatre 1
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr Mo Moulton is an expert in the history of gender and sexuality. In this talk, Dr Moulton reveals the fascinating life of Margery Fry, prison reformer (famed for her appearance on the last version of the £5.00 note) and former educator here at UoB.

STEM, LGBTQ and You Conference @ University of Birmingham School of Metallurgy and Materials
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

oSTEM Birmingham presents the first ‘STEM, LGBTQ and You’ conference.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, through the Alumni Impact Fund, we for the first time ever, are holding a daylong conference dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in STEM to finish our programming for LGBT history month.
This is designed for everyone, regardless of if you have a STEM background or identify as LGBTQ. We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about a diverse range of subjects and/or how people who identify as LGBTQ experience the world of STEM.

Bird La Bird’s Travelling Queer Peoples’ History @ University of Birmingham Arts building Lecture Room 6
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A revolutionary exploration of the deep queer past which may change the way you think about LGBTI history forever. This box set worth of true stories squashed into a show bursts with information, insight, laughter and emotion.
Beginning in the vast prison which once stood on the site of Tate Britain, Bird lovingly traces the lives of queer prisoners spanning through centuries and across the British Empire. It decolonises LGBTI history by taking an inclusive, irreverent approach to the past.