LGBT History Month 2019

As always, as part of LGBT History Month, all the Colleges, the Registry and Medway will be flying various flags from the LGBTQ+ movement. This year the students have selected which flags they would like to display on campus (representatives from the LGBT+ Society who attended the LGBT History Month planning meetings). For more information on events and activities taking place during LGBT History Month, please see

Please note that the Library currently does not have a flag pole

The flags chosen are as follows:

Registry: Philly Pride; This is the 8 colour Gay Pride Rainbow Flag, with the 2 additional stripes of Black & Brown. These 2 stripes were first added for Philadelphia Pride in 2017 and represent POC (People Of Colour) to show support for the racial discrimination they experienced on the gay scene.

Woolf: Genderqueer; The Genderqueer Flag supports Genderqueer people and those with non-binary identities. Lavender symbolises androgyny or queerness, white represents agender identity, and green represents people with non-binary identities.

Turing: Transgender; The flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pink, and one white in the centre. The stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional colour for boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional colour for girls, and the white stripe is for people that are non-binary, feel that they don’t have a gender.

Darwin: Non-Binary; Yellow represents people whose gender exists outside the binary, purple is those who feel their gender is a mixture or between male and female, and the black represents people who feel as if they have no gender. The white stripe represents those who embrace many or all genders

Keynes: Lesbian; The flag, featuring seven different shades of pink, white and red, is flown as the official lesbian flag. Sometimes it features the addition of a lipstick mark in one corner

Rutherford; Bisexual; The pink colour represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian). The blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap colour purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi)

Eliot: Asexual; The asexual pride flag consists of four horizontal stripes: black, grey, white, and purple from top to bottom. The black stripe represents asexuality, the grey stripe for the “grey area” between sexual and asexual, the white stripe for sexuality, and the purple stripe for community

Medway: Rainbow. The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. The flag is typically flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBT rights marches

Flags will be installed on the 1st February and removed on the 1st March

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


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 4pmIf you would like to attend, please email us at:


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

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 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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