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Researching the Rainbow Conference 2017 update

A mini conference was held on Wednesday 22 February 2017 to showcase the vast array of research being undertaken at Kent on or related to LGBT+ people and issues.  A selection of photographs from the event can be seen below and there are links to videos which show the whole event and an introduction to each of the speakers.

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Canterbury Pride 2017 update

Members of the LGBT+ Staff Network again joined with the LGBT+ student society to organise the University’s representation at Canterbury Pride on Saturday 10 June 2017.

The event, now in its second year, had almost twice the participants of last year and there was an array of entertainment in Dane John Gardens. The march started from outside the Marlowe and participants were joined by Canterbury’s new (Labour) MP Rosie Duffield.

The University (a Pride sponsor) was represented in the march by staff, students and alumni and some members of the network and the society were interviewed by Sky News.

Photos for Kent’s team are below.

IDAHOT 2017 update

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network organised a number of activities to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Wednesday 17 May 2017. All events were free and open to all Kent staff and students.


  • An introduction to trans awareness: a 90-minute session provided by Gendered Intelligence to set the wider context for trans* identities – how sex, gender and sexual orientation interact, explore key terms and provide tips for a more inclusive environment – Monday 15 May
  • Pronoun Challenge: challenging staff to use non-gendered pronouns for the day, raising funds for Mermaids UK – Wednesday 17 May
  • LGBT+ on Jarman plaza: LGBT+ Staff Network members provided advice, treats and activities to promote the LGBT+ community at Kent – Wednesday 17 May
  • Wear the Rainbow: Student Services at Medway invite Staff and Students to join us in celebrating IDAHOT by wearing colourful clothing for the day and donating to support METRO Charity – Wednesday 17 May
  • LGBT+ Staff Network social – Wednesday 17 May

LGBT History Month 2017 update

To mark LGBT History Month 2017, the University of Kent LGBT+ Staff Network, in partnership with Kent Union and the LGBT+ student society, organised a number of events to promote awareness of LGBT issues and history on campus and provide opportunities for LGBT staff and allies to network and socialise. To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality, this year’s theme was ‘Law and Citizenship’.

Events were open to all (regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression), including staff, students, alumni and the public. Rainbow pin badges were available for a donation to Stonewall throughout the month at events and various outlets across the campus, and colourful cupcakes were on offer at the Gulbenkian Café on the Canterbury campus.

Rainbow flags were also flown at the Medway campus and at Darwin, Eliot, Keynes and Woolf Colleges at the Canterbury campus.


  • Screening of ‘The Pass’ (2016) and post-show discussion – Friday 3 February
  • LGBTQ Writers’ Week (various talks and activities) – 9 – 20 February
  • Inaugural Researching the Rainbow Conference – Wednesday 22 February

Find out more about the month’s activities on the LGBT History Month 2017 page.


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