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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


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.


Canterbury Pride

The University was proud to be a sponsor of Canterbury’s third annual Pride celebration on Saturday 9 June. 

Nearly 100 staff, students, alumni and colleagues from Kent Union marched together as part of the event. Over 1,100 people joined the parade, up 400 from last year, which was followed by a festival of entertainment including a craft fair, local food stalls and music from members of S Club 7.

The parade marched up Canterbury High Street into Dane John gardens. The atmosphere was one of jubilation and unity as people from all over Kent joined together to celebrate diversity, and remember those around the world who cannot attend such events, for fear of persecution or harassment.

 Members of the LGBT+ Staff Network helped to coordinate the University’s group, working alongside colleagues at Kent Union to ensure everyone was brought together as a team.


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.


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:

 Out and Proud


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
01227 823127


LGBT History Month February 2018

See 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!


See new page regarding informal Network Lunches!


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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