University of Brighton Alumni Association

Join the celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month

This month marks LGBTQ+ History Month – an annual celebration and remembrance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history. It provides the opportunity to connect and reflect on the past and present, and ensure we are working together to build a safer and more inclusive future. Join us throughout February and get involved in our diverse schedule of events as we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community – we all stand together.

To join, simply click the event links below a few minutes before the event is set to start in order to be admitted. Guests arriving late may not be admitted due to admin demands, so aim to arrive a few minutes early. A MS Teams account is not required, and the call can be accessed online or via the app.

Please email with any questions.


LGBTQ+ History Month 2022 – Programme of events:

Cucumbers, Emmerdale and the Internet: the unlikely origin stories of our queer lives: a talk by Ariel Chapman – Thursday 10 Feb 2022,  10.00-10.45

For Ariel Chapman it all started with a gay kiss on Emmerdale. For Jendrik Sigwart, he just pushed it aside and didn’t think he liked sex. For Sarah Aston it was the moment her headmaster put a condom on a cucumber. We often talk about ‘coming out’ but what about the bit before, when we have to come out to ourselves? This talk by podcast host Ariel Chapman goes through some of the stories shared on the ‘When Did You Know?’ podcast and whilst our origin stories are as diverse as our community what do these formative moments have in common which we can all learn from?

Join here.


Franko Figueiredo: Out On An Island – The Untold Heritage, Friday 11 Feb 2022, 13.00 – 13.45

In this workshop, participants will learn about Out On An Island, the research project StoneCrabs Theatre carried out on the Isle of Wight unearthing 100 years of hidden history as well as tackling three main points: How the development of LGBTQ+ Rights connected to local folk on the Isle of Wight mirrors what was happening nationally & internationally? Why is an understanding of the impact of identity important? How does knowledge and visibility of LGBT communities help us understand pluralism?

Join here.


Sussex Gay Liberation Front: Our queer pioneers – a talk by Alf Le Flohic – Wednesday 16 Feb 2022, 12.30-13.15

An overview of the Sussex Gay Liberation Front 1971–76: they gave Brighton its first demonstration for gay rights, the first Gay Pride march and started the phone-based support service that became Brighton Gay Switchboard. Made up of a fascinating cast of characters, there are connections to Duncan Grant, Lewes Prison and even Dr Who. Less than 5 years after partial decriminalisation they were bravely visible, challenging the status quo, and in essence building a community out of Brighton’s LGBTIQ+ individuals.

Join here.

Meredith Brooklyn • February 9, 2022

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