Student Services at Medway celebrate IDAHOT 2016


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LGBT History Month 2017


Find out more about what is going on in Canterbury and Medway here.

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2016

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The Development Office will be celebrating IDAHOT on Tuesday 17th May by challenging everyone in the department to wear as many colours to work as possible to help raise awareness of this significant day.

CAKE – rainbow cake will be available on the day together with any other rainbow treats people decide to bring along!

Student Services at Medway will be following suit by celebrating in their department also.

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Successful IDAHOT 2015 Celebrations

The Network had a very successful IDAHOT celebration today. The Rainbow flag was flying at the Canterbury and Medway campuses  in celebration of IDAHOT 2015.

We welcomed the help of Sue Sanders from the the UK charity Schools Out who gave a very inspiring speech about LGBT history. Thank you again for coming along!

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the event today, and for coming along to say hello.

Here are some snaps from the day:

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Social Lunch Wednesday 13th May

The next social lunch will take place next Wednesday 13th May from 12:30-2pm at the Gulbenkian Cafe at the Canterbury campus. Declan the new Chair of the network will be there with his cactus Henry. He’s potted in a green ceramic pot and he has yellow flowers.


Please come along and meet Declan and other network members for a pleasant lunch and to catch up after  a busy last two terms.


If anyone wants to contact Declan prior to the lunch please email:


Bon appétit!


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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) 2015

The University will mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) at both Canterbury and Medway Campuses on Friday 15th May 2015.IMG_0075

The event will include the now traditional flying of the rainbow flag above the Templeman Library at the Canterbury campus and for the first time the rainbow flag will also be flown at the Medway Campus. The rainbow flag has been the international symbol for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities and social movements around the world since the 1970s.


IMG_0059Members of the University’s LGBT Staff Network will be on hand at a stall based in the Central Plaza, opposite the Essentials Campus Shop, to distribute information about the day and its importance and also to answer any questions about the work of the network and support available for LGBT Members of the University community.




All are welcome to join in with the event and show their support and the stall will be open 12pm-2pm



Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, who is the university’s equality and diversity champion for LGBT issues, said:

‘The University is proud to once again be marking IDAHOT with celebrations at our Canterbury and Medway Campuses.  This is a very important event to raise awareness of the issues still facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace and worldwide.’


Show your support on the day by tweeting the network @kentlgbtstaff #IDAHOTKENT

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Kent study seeking lesbian and gay participants

Earn a £10 Amazon Gift Card by participating in a PhD research study

We are seeking participants who identify as either a gay man or lesbian, are 18 years of age or older and who are fluent in English, to take part in our research study.

The study is aimed at exploring how these sexual minorities use point-of-view video to capture their reflections, observations and experiences.

You will be asked to record a series of videos over a one-day period using either your mobile phone or Google Glass. The combined running time of all the videos recorded should be approximately 1 hour.

Before the study you will be required to attend a briefing session and at the end of the study you will be required to participate in a short interview lasting no longer than 30 minutes.

You will be reimbursed with a £10 Amazon Gift Card for your time in participating in this study.

If you are interested in taking part or if you have any further questions, please contact Michael Green at by Wednesday 6th May 2015.​​​​

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New Chair

The LGBT Staff Network would like to welcome our newly appointed Chair Dr Declan Kavanagh


Declan is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing in the School of English, University of Kent.

He joined the School in September 2013, having studied and lectured at both Maynooth University and the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

His research draws upon queer studies in order to examine eighteenth-century texts. He is originally from Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

He lives in Canterbury with his partner, John, who is a doctoral scholar at CCCU.


We are all very excited to welcome Declan to the network and look forward to working together to continue the activities of the group.

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Kent Pride Parade planned for Summer 2015

There is news that Margate may be hosting a Kent Pride Parade this August. Read more about the plans at:

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Rainbow World Photograph Campaign

A message from the LGBT History Month at Kent Coordinator
Did you know that being LGBT is ILLEGAL in 79+ countries around the world?? Well, we’ve decided to do something about it by launching the Rainbow World Photograph Campaign.

Find out which countries are on the list here:

What we want is for you to upload your pictures of yourselves and a flag of one of the 79 nations where LGBT people are unable to live freely. These can take any form you like… so get creative and get active!

These pictures will be turned into Polaroids and placed on the Gulbenkian Gallery wall as part of LGBT History Month at Kent and will be added to throughout the month. 

Here is the Facebook event link:

Don’t need to wait until February though, this event is live now!! So send them in 😀
If you’re not on Facebook email me at:”
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