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LGBT+ History Month: Home

February is LGBT+ History Month and LLS is ready to celebrate!


Library and Learning Services are celebrating LGBT+ History Month. February is the month all over the world were we look at the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other identities, otherwise known as LGBT+

Have a look at some of the resources we have put together that looks at the challenges and triumphs, supporting LGBT+ folks in UoN, interesting LGBT+ historical figures, media representation, rights issues, and more below! We have also made an LGBT+ Reading List full of books, films and articles so have a look at some of the resources that UoN have.


What is LGBT+?

Representation and stereotypes

LGBT+ history and issues


  • Every year GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) release a report looking at the cultural landscape and positive representation of LGBTQ+ people in film and TV. You can read the full report, or have a look at the highlights; Media representation 2020 (~5 - 45 minute read)
  • Ru Paul's Drag Race has done a lot to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in mainstream media over the last decade, although it has not been without it's criticism for handling of some topics.

LGBT+ films and shows

  • Dear White People is a fab show that deals with a variety of pressing issues and has a diverse spectrum of LGBTQ+ characters among its core cast.
    • Shows by Russel T Davies often delve in LGBTQ history and rights as seen through ordinary folk;
      • Cucumber looks at a 21st century gay life. The show builds to a moment which examines the Gay Panic defense, something that is still shockingly used today to try and justify acts of violence against LGBTQ+ individuals.
      • It's a Sin is currently running on Channel 4, and looks at the rise of the AIDs crisis emerging in London in the 1980's.
    • Pose is a show by the prolific Ryan Murphy which explores the emerging underground drag ball culture in 1980's New York. The show has a large cast of trans actors.
    • Pride is a historical comedy drama film looking at a group of gay and lesbian activists who helped raise awareness and support for miners during the miners' strike in 1984.
    • Pixar's 'OUT' is a wonderful short film (about 10 minutes) available on Disney+, about a man finding the courage to come out as gay to his parents. OUT Trailer (2020) Pixar Disney+ Short Films

What does it mean to be Transgender?