Join us as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2024. This year's theme is Queer Resistance and Expression Through Creativity.

LGBTQ+ History Month

Join us as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2024. This year's theme is Queer Resistance and Expression Through Creativity.

Happy LGBTQIA+ History Month 2024! LGBTQIA+ History Month is dedicated to championing diversity and equality of the queer community to the broader public, and to advocate for the rights and awareness of the community within our institution to the community.

This year's theme is Queer Resistance & Expression Through Creativity, centring around championing the huge variety of ways that LGBTQIA+ people express themselves while ensuring we celebrate the importance of the concept of queer resistance.

We live in a tense and challenging political climate that threatens LGBTQIA+ rights and spaces, from the Government targeting the rights and livelihoods of our trans community to the alarmingly increasing rates of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate crimes.

It is vital for Arts Students’ Union to ensure that UAL remains a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community.

To celebrate, selected UAL students showcase their work at the year’s LGBTQIA+ Exhibition at Central Saint Martins. This year’s theme is Queer Resistance and Expression Through Creativity, aiming to demonstrate how the queer community throughout history has used creativity to fight for queer rights and showcase their immense talent.

The curators of the exhibition are Katwamba Mutale, London College of Fashion Sabbatical Officer, and Minna Ellis, Central Saint Martins Sabbatical Officer.

Exhibiting Artists:

Gaurav Vikalp | Elena (Elektra) Moga | Kaavya Shankar | Naysha Satyarthi | human | Daisy Owen Van Mechelen | Ebrahim Piperdi | Laura Nies | ildelciali

Arts Students’ Union would like to thank University of the Arts London.

Arts Students’ Union is delighted to announce a range of events and opportunities to accompany our landmark exhibition. This includes a short film screening of LGBTQIA+ filmmaking talent, a voguing dancing workshop and exhibition, and a panel discussion about queer liberation. Find out more below!


The history behind the history

LGBTQIA+ History Month is celebrated annually in the month of February in the United Kingdom. The first LGBTQIA+ History Month took place in 1994 in Missouri, and started in the United Kingdom in 2005 following the repeal of Section 28 two years prior. Not to be confused with Pride Month which is held annually in June, LGBTQIA+ History Month has a particular focus on visibility and awareness within the education system for LGBT+ people, something which was illegal under Section 28.

While it has been almost 20 years since the repeal of Section 28, the impact of this homophobic legislation is still felt today. As recent as 2003, children in schools would have been forbidden from learning or teaching LGBTQIA+ issues, and this stigma did not disappear overnight. And the current political climate is seeing trans people's livelihoods threatened more than ever. This is why it is so important to celebrate and to encourage visibility and awareness of LGBTQIA+ people and their experiences across all genders, sexualities, races, cultures, abilities and faiths.

Explore 2024's programme

This February we will offer you a series of talks, workshops, artist showcases, and opportunities to have your voices heard and your work seen and celebrated. We are committed to making sure that your experience at UAL as an LGBTQIA+ person is the best it can be, and to help our allies understand why we do this every year.

Queer Liberation Society

UAL's new Queer Liberation Society has collaborated with us on this month's events.

UAL Queer Liberation Society

image of Justin South.

"This month, this year, and every year, at UAL we have this message to our LGBTQIA+ students and teachers: you are seen, you are heard, you are valid, and you are loved! If there is one thing the LGBTQIA+ community is good at, it is being a community. In the past we have had to do this in secret, but now we do so in the open, hand in hand, lifting up and supporting the most vulnerable amongst us. While COVID restrictions mean we can’t meet in the same ways as previous years, this community still thrives and with your help we can make this LGBT+ History Month one to remember."

Justin South, LGBTQ+ Students Officer 2021/22 (He/Him)

image of Georgia Spencer.

"Art allows for self-expression. We can escape through art, be immersed in it. Our practices communicate our voices in unique ways. Our art can act as a safe space for us, it may protect us, challenge us, help us answer difficult questions in our lives. As LGBTQIA+ artists our art deserves to be seen, heard, digested and celebrated. What does this celebration of self and practice look like at UAL? This exhibition space for LGBTQIA+ History Month displays student artwork with their peers and recognises the unique importance of themselves and their practice."

Georgia Spencer, Arts SU Welfare Sabbatical Officer 2021/22 (She/Her)

LGBTQIA+ History Month 2024 Event Programme

Panel Talk
29th February
M01 - LCF
Join us for a Queer Alumni Panel Talk where we discuss creative journeys after graduating and what this month means to us.
LGBTQ+ History Month

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