Network News

Official statement from the University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network:

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is deeply concerned about the University’s hosting of the 2020 Lambeth Bishop’s Conference. The Archbishop of Canterbury has explicitly chosen to single out bishops’ same sex spouses for exclusion. In a recent statement, the University has defended its decision to host the event despite this clear instance of institutional homophobia (https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/03/18/lambeth-conference-university-kent-defends-excluding-same-sex-spouses/). The University’s stance, as quoted in the article, is unacceptable and needs to be challenged. As Staff Network we believe that the University should prioritise its commitment to students and staff alike on issues of equality, diversity, and inclusivity. Specifically targeting same-sex spouses and excluding them from the Lambeth Conference is homophobic from the side of the church, and hosting the event on University premises facilitates this act of homophobia.

 

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The LGBT History Month web page is now live at

https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/lgbthm.html

Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – UPDATE!

Please click here for updates regarding the 2019 Conference.

The Conference events will start at 9am on Saturday 16 February 2019 in the Aphra Theatre.

Free admission – Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/researching-the-rainbow-conference-2019-tickets-52899868932 

 

Gay as in Happy

We’re here, we’re queer, and we want to hear your stories!

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is looking to publish Gay as in Happy, a collection of interviews and personal stories that focus on LGBTQ+ members of staff, students, and the wider community.  Gay as in Happy will be published as a book and excerpts will be featured on social media platforms.

We want to provide a positive outlook on coming out and on being queer in a predominantly straight world.  Why?  Because it is crucial to live in hope and to know that a fulfilled life as a queer person is possible (and, dare we say it, desirable).  Sharing positive stories gives us hope and allows us to imagine happy endings for ourselves and for our loved ones.  Thus, hope becomes a radical act.  Because to imagine a better life is an important step towards creating a better life.

In order to make this happen, come and speak to us!  We are looking for contributors who want to share their positive experiences about coming out and being out.  If you would like to get involved, or to simply find out more, please email lgbtqbook@kent.ac.uk

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LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition February 2019

For History Month, the ‘Out & Proud’ LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition, previously at the Templeman Library, will be at the Drill Hall Library.  The exhibition will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox, Champion for the LGBT+ Staff Network, at the Drill Hall Library (Medway campus) on Thursday 14 February at 4pm.

Please register for your FREE ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/out-and-proud-lgbt-role-models-exhibition-tickets-55154868697

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Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – Call for Papers – Extension

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is pleased to open the call for papers for the third annual Researching the Rainbow Conference on Saturday 16 February 2019 on the Canterbury campus.  More details have been released about timings/venues on the Conference page (link above).

The University can also offer 10 students or early career researchers (up to three years post PhD) up to £140 towards travel and accommodation.  Please email lgbtstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk if you are interested.

The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, 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.

Previous topics have included gay and lesbian representation in the media, transgender issues within mental health care and parenting law, British colonial laws on sodomy, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives, and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Papers are welcome from academics at any stage of their career, students or professionals.

Research posters from any discipline are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (15 or 30 minutes) or display a poster, please email lgbtstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk by Tuesday 15 January 2019.

The conference is free and open to all. Please do forward this email to colleagues/friends/networks that you think would be interested.

Medway Informal Network lunches for spring/summer 2019:

The following dates have been set:

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 12:00-14:00, No1 Bistro

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12:00-14:00, Pilkington

Thursday 25th April 2019, 12:00-14:00, No1 Bistro

Friday 14th June 2019, 12:00-14:00, Pilkington

There will be no informal meetings in January, May or July as these are the dates for the formal Network meetings:

  • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 12:00-14:00
  • Thursday 16th May 2019, IDAHOT Day
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 12:00-14:00 (AGM)

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LGBT+ Role Models Exhibition February 2019

This exhibition, previously at the Templeman Library, will be opened by Vice-Chancellor Karen Cox, Champion of the LGBT+ Staff Network, at the Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus at Thursday 14 February at 4pm.  If you would like to attend, please email us at: lgbtstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk

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Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – Tickets now available!

Tickets for the seminal Researching the Rainbow Conference at the University of Kent are now available.

Dates: Friday 15 February 2-7pm and Saturday 16 February 9am-5pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/researching-the-rainbow-conference-2019-tickets-52899868932?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

Researching the Rainbow Conference 2019 – Call for Papers

The University of Kent’s LGBT+ Staff Network is pleased to open the call for papers for the third annual Researching the Rainbow Conference on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2019 on the Canterbury campus.

The conference, which takes part during LGBT History Month, 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.

Previous topics have included gay and lesbian representation in the media, transgender issues within mental health care and parenting law, British colonial laws on sodomy, homosexual WWII clandestine operatives, and queer exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Papers are welcome from academics at any stage of their career, students or professionals.

Research posters from any discipline are also welcomed for display. If you would like to do a talk (15 or 30 minutes) or display a poster, please email lgbtstaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk by Friday 4 January 2019.

The conference is free and open to all. Please do forward this email to colleagues/friends/networks that you think would be interested.

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Network Meeting News!

Details for the next meeting are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 26th September.

Time: 12pm-2pm – please feel free to come along to some of the meeting if you cannot stay for all.

Venue Canterbury: Keynes KS16.

Venue Medway: Medway Building M1-16 (via video link).

Lunch:

Canterbury network members will be provided with a buffet lunch in KS16.

Medway network members (due to smaller numbers) will be able to order lunch to the value of £5 from No1 Bistro (L&OD/EDI tab arranged by Kitty Fairweather will be in place for this) which you can bring with you to the meeting.

Other meeting dates for the year are as follows:

Network 2018/19 Meeting Dates

  • Thursday 26th September 2018, 12:00-14:00
  • Tuesday 15th January 2019, 12:00-14:00
  • Thursday 16th May 2019, IDAHOT Day
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 12:00-14:00 (AGM)

Blog Updates

September 2018 Blog Updates…

Please see the Network Lunches Page under the Events tab for the Autumn Term 2018 Network Lunch dates.

Please see the Events Page for the 2018/2019 Network meeting dates.

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Please see the Latest News page for a report on Canterbury Pride which was held on 9 June 2018.

Please see the Researching the Rainbow 2018 page for a recent update, including photographs and videos.  This can be found under Events and LGBT History Month 2018.

Network AGM News!

The Network AGM, planned for Wednesday 4th July, will now be rescheduled to Wednesday 18th July, 12pm-2pm. This will be chaired from the Canterbury campus, room location to be confirmed and more details to follow. 

For those members based at the Medway campus, as this is out of term time could you please let us know whether you will be on campus/likely to attend at Medway on the 18th so that we know whether to set up the video link to Medway.

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IDAHOTB – International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Thursday 17 May is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.

Please join us today at our exhibition launch (see below) or join in one of the other events listed on the blog page, link below:

https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/lgbtstaff/idahot-2018/

https://dayagainsthomophobia.org/

https://www.unfe.org/bethere/

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Invitation to Exhibition Launch – ‘Out and Proud’

You are cordially invited to the launch of Out and Proud – an exhibition of LGBT+ role models and allies at the University of Kent.

Thursday 17 May at 4pm – Templeman Library Block A 1 08 – Refreshments will be served.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/out-proud-launch-reception-tickets-45762623238

 Out and Proud

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Exhibition – ‘Out and Proud’

An exhibition of LGBT+ role models and allies at the University of Kent

17 May – 6 July 2018 

Curators:  Christin Hoene and Jan Moriarty for the LGBT+ Staff Network, Joanna Baines and Elspeth Millar (Special Collections & Archives) for Templeman Library

Design:  Leanne Taylor

“And to those who are living out and proud.  You are a beacon for others to find their way home.” – Julie Anne Peters

The University of Kent is proud of its diverse student, staff and alumni community.  ‘Out and Proud’ aims to showcase some of our LGBT+ champions, role models, and allies to highlight the amazing people on our campuses who share their stories to inspire others.  This exhibition also features books from the Templeman Library on and by LGBT+ role models throughout the ages.

Role models challenge stereotypes, provide guidance and advice, and they are examples to all about overcoming prejudice and discrimination and about being proud of who you are.

This exhibition is designed to share experiences, good and bad, and to be a reminder that we are all citizens of this beautifully diverse world.

The Gallery, A Block Floor 1
Templeman Library
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NU
01227 823127
templemanexhibitions@kent.ac.uk

https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/templeman-exhibitions/category/coming-up/

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