LGBTQ+ History Month Free Webinars

February is LGBTQ+ history month and organisations across the UK and other countries put on FREE webinars to help educate and inform everyone on the past and present issues and challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is also a time to celebrate the advances made in legislation and societies opinions on LGBTQ+.

We have selected a few free webinars from Eventbrite that we feel may be interesting and useful to watch and take part in.

You can find more LGBTQ+ events on Eventbrite


Queering prisons and Gender in sport: LGBT+ History Month research lecture

Date and time

Wed, 9 February 2022

15:30 – 16:30 GMT

This event is open to all, including staff, students and the public.

This event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. You do not need a Teams account to access the event. You will be sent a link to attend the event the day before, with a reminder one hour before the event.

If you have any questions please email

Dr Sheree Bekker

Dr Sheree Bekker (she/her) is committed to research that is social justice oriented, in the public health area of (sports) injury prevention and safety promotion. She has a special interest in sex/gender and uses qualitative methods.

This underpins her work as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. At Bath, she is Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research, and a member of the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (CHI2PS), and the Gender and Sexuality Research Group. She also serves as the Deputy-Director for Equality and Diversity in the Department for Health.

Kayleigh Charlton

Kayleigh's current research explores the potential for applying queer political and analytical strategies to prison planning, design, and construction.

General research interests involve the experience of LGBTQ prisoners, gender and sexuality more broadly, and prison architecture and design.


From the 1969 Stonewall Riots to Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners Group: a history or revolt, defiance and solidarity.

Date and time

Wed, 9 February 2022

17:00 – 18:30 GMT

Speakers: Professor Marc Stein, San Francisco State University; Nicola Field, member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Respondent/discussant: Tristan Craig, HCA, History Society and EDI Committee UG student rep.

The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of 28 June 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among customers and residents as police hauled employees and customers out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

The London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group was formed in July 1984, four months into the year-long miners’ strike of 1984-5. Founding members Mike Jackson and Mark Ashton had organised a bucket collection to support the striking miners on the June 1984 London Pride march and decided that more needed to be done to raise awareness of the miners’ cause in the London lesbian and gay community. Eleven people attended that first meeting and over sixty people were involved in LGSM by the end of the strike in March 1985. LGSM groups were also formed in ten other towns and cities across the UK, among them Manchester, Brighton, Southampton and Lothian. A Dublin LGSM group was also formed. The LGSM story is told in the 2014 film Pride, and the group reformed in October 2014 to respond to the new wave of interest in this story.

Come and hear stories about this incredible history of activism, defiance and solidarity.

A link to join the session vi a Zoom will be circulated nearer the event.


LGBT+ History Month: Bi+ Histories

Date and time

Wed, 23 February 2022

17:00 – 18:30 GMT

Personal stories are at the core of LGBT+ History Month, giving us a vital opportunity to learn from one another's experiences and points of view. Join us to explore personal Bi+ histories with their nuances, comparisons and differences.

With our panel, we seek to represent Bi+ identities that are often in the minority in Bi+ spaces, ie: those who do not identify as white cis millenial women. Panelists are University of Edinburgh staff members.


Sue Fletcher-Watson (she/her): My name is Sue. I’m a cis woman and I’m bisexual. I’ve been married for 15 years to a cis man and we have two kids – everyone assumes we’re a heterosexual couple.

Dave Berry (he/him): I’m Dave, a cis bi man. I’m 61 years old, married to a woman, and have one adult son.

Winnie Lam (she/they): I am Winnie, a bi cisgender woman of colour (British born Chinese), in a relationship with a cisgender bi woman.


This online event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Register to attend for access to the joining link and password for the event.


A Masterclass: Queer History with Prof Charles Upchurch (FREE webinar)

Date and time

Thu, 24 February 2022

16:00 – 17:00 GMT

Chuck is the author of groundbreaking studies into 19th century same-sex desire and sexuality: The Just Published: Beyond the Law: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain (Temple University Press, 2021) and Before Wilde: Sex Between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform (Univ. of California Press, 2009)

Chuck’s illustrated talk will introduce the background to his latest book “Beyond the Law”. Sketching out some of the practical and intellectual obstacles navigated to render-up the compelling and remarkable insight: a fascinating revelation of the previously hidden and remarkable episode of protest and campaigning for a more tolerant and accepting society.

This introduction will be approximately 30 minutes followed in a 20-minute Q&A session for which written questions are invited before (via email - siobhan.o’ and during the talk.

Dr Upchurch ( is a Professor of British history at Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA, Distinguished Patron of LGBT+ HM/OTP and President of the Southern Conference on British Studies

We have a small number of in-person tickets for this event. If you would like to attend in-person at Central Library to see Chuck on Thursday 24 February at 4pm, please email siobhan.o'

Webinar link will be sent via email 2 days before event.

Organised jointly by: LGBT+ HM, Schools OUT (UK) City of Manchester Libraries Service & OUTing the Past: The International Festival of LGBT+ History

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