Guild and University joint statement on LGBTQ+ History Month
February is LGBTQ+ History Month and provides an important moment for all of us to reflect on the past and present of our LGBTQ+ community, to understand and educate ourselves about issues faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community and to ensure we continue to promote an inclusive modern society.
The Guild of Students and the University want to take this moment to reassert our joint commitment to creating a welcoming environment where our sexual and gender diversity is celebrated, where all students, staff and visitors are treated with dignity and respect and where gay, lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, and all members of our community can feel confident in expressing their identity free from harassment.
There are lots of ways to find out more and support LGBTQ+ History Month at Birmingham. We would encourage you to actively engage and participate in the wide range of activities taking place across the University and Guild, the city and nationally this month. You can find out more about what is happening in and around campus here: LGBTQ+ History Month 2022.
We are also pleased to be hosting a talk next month with Professor Ken Sloan, the Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University, on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in higher education and Professor Sloan’s leadership journey as an openly out gay man. Event details will be circulated shortly.
The University and the Guild also have a number of staff network and student societies on campus for our LGBTQ+ community LGBTQ (birmingham.ac.uk)
Moreover, wellbeing support, advice, and information are available for all students Your wellbeing (birmingham.ac.uk) - and staff Welcome to Workplace Wellbeing (birmingham.ac.uk).
Mikey Brown Adam Tickell
President, Guild of Students Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham