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LGBTQIA+ History Month

Online Events

Join us online this LGBTQA+ History Month for a variety of events throughout February that celebrate and highlight the LGBTQA+ community.

LGBTQA+ experiences on the Library shelves

Date: Wednesday 8th February

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm

Location: Online

Registration link for Queen Mary staff (search for LT010)

Registration link for Queen Mary students

Speaker: James Soderman, Faculty Liaison Librarian – Science and Engineering

Rainbow coloured library book spines lined up on a black background on a poster to promote a library talk for LGBTQA+ History Month

Queen Mary Library Services have organised a session around LGBTQA+ literature in all its forms, to celebrate LGBTQA+ History Month. The session will cover various initiatives, such as the LGBTQA+ collection and the LGBTQA+ online reading lists. There will also be short book talks about inspiring & entertaining resources available from the Queen Mary Library.

Come along! Get inspired and find out how the Library Services can support you and your students' wellbeing and studies.

LGBTQA+ in Nature seminar (an early evening event)

Speaker: Professor Tony Michael, Dean for Education, Professor in Reproductive Biology and Deputy Vice-Principal for Education (Strategic Projects), Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Date: Tuesday 21st February

Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm (including time for questions and discussion)

Location: Fogg Lecture Theatre (Open Door attendance in person) or online via MS Teams- register for online attendance via Eventbrite. Event open to staff and students.


Throughout the history of the LGBTQA+ community, a common attack has been that "it's not natural" to be lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, asexual or other.

This informal seminar will debunk the myth of "unnatural" sexuality by looking at a wide range of examples of LGBTQA+ behaviour taken from the natural world (featuring examples you probably have heard of and a whole load of examples that you probably haven't yet - from bison to bonobos, from giraffes to gynandromorphs).

Tony Michael (Faculty of Science & Engineering, School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences) has designed an accessible, thought-provoking seminar which requires no prior knowledge of biology.

There will also be time for questions and a discussion following the seminar.

A Taste of Mindfulness

Date: Thursday 23rd February

Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm

Location: Online - Register via Google Forms

A black and white image of a hand holding a rainbow coloured heart. Overlaid with text reading 'Mindfulness in the City at Queen Mary'Mindfulness is now widely recognised as an effective and learnable way to manage stress. Whilst stress is an unavoidable part of human life, mindfulness offers an understanding of its mechanisms and practices that help build resilience to stress.

The sources of stress, for each of us, may be very different and change over time. Research has shown that those in minoritised groups, such as members of the LGBTQA+ community, may experience additional stress because of factors such as discrimination.

This session will introduce the key concepts of Mindfulness and offers the opportunity to participate in some guided Mindfulness practices. It’s suitable for newbies and anyone who already practises. Links to resources, including LGBTQA+ specific resources, will be made available following the session.

The tutor will be Bob Chase (he/him) from Mindful in the City. Bob has over 30 years’ experience in meditation practice and trained to teach Mindfulness with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. He is a lifelong LGBTQA+ ally and has supported positive initiatives as a community media worker for many years.

For more online events also take a look at our Lunch and Learn Series, many of which are taking place online or hybrid.

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