LGBTQA+ History Month

LGBTQA+ History Month 2021

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Queen Mary is proud to be celebrating LGBT+ History Month, with an exciting programme of events to highlight the history and achievements of LGBTQA+ communities.

LGBTQA+ History Month at Queen Mary

Explore the events programme in full here.

LGBTQA+ Programme 2021

Sheila Gupta, our Vice-Principal of People, Culture and Inclusion welcomes LGBTQA+ History Month at Queen Mary: 

"Hello everyone and happy LGBTQA+ History Month!  

Every February as a community we mark and celebrate LGBTQA+ History Month Queen Mary is proud to be part of the annual celebration of LGBTQA+ History Month, joining universities, schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations and employers, with a programme of events and activities to highlight the history and achievements of LGBTQA+ communities and championing LGBTQA+ inclusion. We take this opportunity to continue to raise awareness of and educate ourselves and our community about the issues people from the LGBTQA+ community face.  

This year’s official theme is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit. We have a number of wonderful activities and events throughout the month that explore the theme of ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’. At Queen Mary we want to promote and champion the welfare and wellbeing of all our LGBTQA+ staff and students.  

You can find more about the different events happening across Queen Mary by looking at our events programme 

Please join me in celebrating LGBTQA+ History Month and supporting staff and students to look after their wellbeing.  

Happy LGBTQA+ History Month."  

Other events and information

The library will be hosting a digitial LGBTQA+ library section over the course of the month, so if you are interested in reading something new, or looking for an old favourite check out the display. 

See our great list of LGBTQA+ podcasts recommendations and LGBTQA+ book recommendations

The SU are also holding a number of events.  Please see the QMSU events programme for more information.

The LGBTQA+ community still faces discrimination, if you or someone else has experienced bullying and harassment, hate incidents or violence, you can report it and/or access support through Report and Support. You can find out more about what homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and acephobia might look like here 

Show your support for LGBTQA+ History Month at Queen Mary by downloading and using our new LGBTQA+ inclusive logo in your email signature, on social media, and in any other Queen Mary branded comms. 

LGBTQplus inclusive logo 2021 (click to download) 

LGBTQplus inclusive logo 2021 - social media version (click to download) 


LGBTQA+ support for staff and students  


Advice and Counselling - Advice and Counselling provide a range of specialist, professional and confidential services to support students with financial, welfare, legal, emotional and psychological issues. 

Togetherall - Queen Mary University of London offers all its staff and students access to an online support service called ‘Togetherall’. Togetherall offers unlimited, 24/7 accessible online support – you can connect with peers, chat online to clinicians, use self-help resources, join groups or take self-assessments. To join Togetherall follow this link and sign up using your Queen Mary University of London with your university e-mail address. 

Employee Assistance Programme  The employee assistance programme is a free, confidential service that provides a wide range of support for staff around help balancing work, family and personal life. Available anytime, any day, by phone, email or online, the service provides information, resources, referrals and counseling on any issue that matters to you.  


Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum - a project that aims to bring together LGBT+ people (and allies) who live, work, study or socialise in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to discuss and have an influence on issues which affect the local LGBT community, as well as network, socialise and meet other local LGBT people. 

MindOut - MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people 

East London Out Project (ELOP) - ELOP is a local charity to QMUL. It is a lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, with core services including counselling and young people’s services. 

London Friend - London Friend is the UK’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity. We are here to support the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBT community in and around London. 

Mermaids - Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care. Transgender and gender-variant children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. 

For anyone who might need urgent help, please keep a note of the helplines below: 

LGBT+ Switchboard: 0300 330 0630 
Galop - 0800 999 5428 (LGBT Domestic Abuse helpline) 
Samaritans - 116 123 
Mindline Trans+ - 0300 330 5468 

LGBT Foundation - 03453303030