Network Lunches – April and May 2018
Informal Network lunch – Canterbury
Monday, April 23, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Origins (Darwin)
A table has been booked for that time period, but do feel free to join in later/for a drink only. There will be a piece of paper with Network Lunch on it on the table, so if you are new to the Network or can’t remember faces, you’ll know where to go.
It would be lovely to see people there.
Informal Network lunch – Medway
For Medway members there will be an informal Network lunch on Thursday 3rd May between 12.00pm-1.00pm at Pilkington.
If you are interested in attending the Medway event, can you please respond directly to email@example.com so that we are aware of numbers? Thank you!
LGBT History Month February 2018
See https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/lgbtstaff/events/lgbt-history-month/lgbt-history-month-2018/ for further information on all the events.
Researching the Rainbow – Speakers Announced!
Please find the Agenda on
Flying the Flags – LGBT History Month 2018
In case you were wondering, this year the University has added some new flags to its collection, to celebrate LGBT History Month.
You will be familiar with the rainbow flags, but the other flags symbolise the following:
Eliot College – Trans
Darwin College – Asexual
Rutherford College – Pansexual
Woolf College – Bisexual
Turing College – Nonbinary
Keynes College – Lesbian
Enjoy LGBT History Month!
LGBT History Month – Film Screening – Call Me by Your Name – Friday 2 February 2018
On Friday 2 February 2018 at 7pm there will be a re-screening of Call Me By Your Name at the Gulbenkian Cinema.
Film showing and post-film discussion hosted by the University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network as part of LGBT History Month. Find out more and book here – https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/event/call-me-by-your-name-with-q-a/
Members of the LGBT Staff Network can buy discounted tickets from the Gulbenkian by selecting “Student” on the website and entering the discount code LGBT50 at the check out.
The post-film panel discussion will include speakers from the LGBT+ Staff Network and Kent Union.
Canterbury Christ Church University Events for LGBT History Month
LGBT Flag Raising
Date & Time: 12:00, Thursday 01-February-18
Location: Augustine House
The flag raising will kick-start the CCCU month of activity and will bring the community together to show their support for equality for all. The flag will be flown across the month to show the University’s proud support for LGBT History Month.
Other Canterbury Christ Church University Events for LGBT History Month can be seen by following this link:
See new page regarding informal Network Lunches on 26 January in Medway and 1 February in Canterbury!
Researching the Rainbow Conference 2018 – Registration now open!
Registration is now open for the Researching the Rainbow Conference from 15.00 – 19.00 on Thursday 15 February 2018 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 on the Canterbury campus. We strongly suggest you register online to confirm your place by Monday 5 February.
The conference, which forms part of the University’s LGBT History Month celebrations, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The conference will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the Executive Group’s LGBT+ Champion.
Topics include literary and cinematic representations of homosexuality, transsexuality in mental health care and the legal system, and the decolonization of sexuality, from students and academics from a range of schools and disciplines, as well as external partners.
If you would like to display a research poster, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 5 February. The conference is free and open to all. Please forward this invitation to any colleagues/friends who may be interested.
LGBT+ Staff Network
Researching the Rainbow Conference 2018 – Call for Papers
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the LGBT+ Staff Network is pleased to open the call for papers for the Researching the Rainbow Conference from 15.00 – 19.00 on Thursday 15 February 2018 on the Canterbury campus.
The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done at Kent on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The conference will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the Executive Group’s LGBT+ Champion.
Speakers last year included academics and students from the Schools of English, Law and History, discussing topics such as British colonial laws on sodomy, transgender and parenting identities within the law, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Research posters from students and academics from across the University are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (30 minutes) or display a poster, please email email@example.com by Monday 15 January. The conference is free and open to all.
LGBT+ Staff Network
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.
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.