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Friday 5 February 2021

Free LGBT+ History Month online events at UCLan

Free talks and screening form part of the University’s LGBT+ History Month activities

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting a range of free online events in February as part of its LGBT+ History Month activities.

Webinars from UCLan academics and documentary screenings are taking place to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities, and their contributions to culture and history.

Law lecturer Dr Zanele Nyoni is delivering ‘The Struggle for Equality: LGBT Rights Activism in Sub-Saharan Africa’ at 1.00pm on 11 February. The talk will discuss the existence of laws that ban same-sex relationships in large parts of Africa and the struggles LGBT people face.

At 5.00pm on 11 February, there is an online screening of ‘Invisible Women’. The short documentary tells the untold story of the North West’s LGBTQ past over the last 50 years through the lens of Luchia Cooper and Angela Fitzgerald’s incredible journey of activism and rebellion. Following the screening, Angela and Luchia will take part in a Q&A session.

"These interesting events really give an insight into some of the issues our LGBT+ community is facing around the world and is part of our commitment to advance equality for all"

Dr Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLan

On 15 February at 4.00pm, ‘My God, I’m Queer’ will be screened and asks the question can you be Muslim and gay? Matt Mahmood-Ogston a bereaved fiancé, goes on a deeply personal journey to try and prevent a future tragedy in this powerful and inspiring short documentary. The film, which has been shortlisted for two awards, will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with Matt and a range of UCLan academics.

Dr Megan Todd, Senior Lecturer in Social Science, is delivering ‘In and Out, On and Off – LGBT+ online experiences’ at 4.00pm on 24 February. She will discuss the implications of how young, and indeed older, LGBT+ internet users are at particular risk of exploitation.

Dr Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLan, said: “We are delighted to offer a variety of free talks and screenings to members of the public, as well as our student and staff community. These interesting events really give an insight into some of the issues our LGBT+ community is facing around the world and is part of our commitment to advance equality for all.”

For booking details, visit the event page.