Taking place in the UK each February, LGBT+ History Month is a chance for events to boost the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people, along with celebrating their communities, histories and experiences. The running theme for 2021’s events is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’.
This year, while the coronavirus pandemic has meant in-person events sadly can’t take place, we’ve found six virtual and online highlights from Bath-based organisations happening this month…
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LGBT+ History of Bath Virtual Tour
Find out about the history of Bath’s LGBT+ community in this Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council-organised Virtual Tour led by Robert Howes from Gay West, a regional community group. In the free Zoom session on 25th February, you’ll learn more about local organisations that have offered support and undertaken LGBT+ campaigns in the area.
This month B&NES are launching a competition for young people to design a logo for the Bath and North East Somerset area. Open to those aged 18 and under, the winning logo will be used to publicise future LGBT+ news and events in Bath, and the judges are looking for memorable designs that will stand out and promote the LGBT+ message of equality and inclusivity.
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Out on the Page Online Writing Events
An LGBTQ+ writing arts project based in Bath and operating nationally and internationally, Out on the Page have four events planned this month. Though not specifically celebrating History Month, they’ll still be a great chance to meet other writers virtually and get inspired.
On 20th February they have a Writer Q&A with author and podcaster Emma Goswell planned, and look out for a writing Micro-Retreat on 27th February.
Events for Students
The University of Bath have several great virtual events lined up this month specifically for students. A careers panel on 11th February will discuss LGBT+ communities in the workplace, and an LGBT+ Doctoral student will chat about their experiences on 26th February. The University’s Wellbeing team are also running an anxiety workshop as a safe space to explore any issues and challenges.
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University of Bath Events for All
Learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the LGBT+ community on 18th February with a School of Management panel event with IBM, and across the University’s channels, they’ll be highlighting the contribution of LGBT+ people to our lives with ’28 Days of LGBT+ History’.
Library Resources and Local Support
B&NES Libraries will be signposting inclusive novels and e-audiobooks throughout the month, and the University of Bath’s Library have put together a list of books celebrating LGBT+ voices, recommended by students and staff.
‘Out in B&NES’ is also a new publication from the Diversity Trust and Healthwatch, including local LGBTQ+ role models and allies and information about community resources and support.