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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+
It's always worth the time to have a browse of Stonewall UK's dictionary of terms, if you're not sure of a term you'll likely find it explained here, and a browse will bring to light something you probably didn't know about before
Learn about the Kinsey Scale, derived from research which determined sexuality to be more of a spectrum than a binary straight / gay 'setting', and led to a shift in discussion of perception of LGBTQ+ people. (~3 minute read)
This article looks at the issue of deadnaming where a trans person's birth name is repeatedly used instead of their chosen name. Whilst this can be done by accident quite innocently, it can also be a microaggression and a deliberate act to undermine a trans person's identity. (~10 minute read)
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.
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.