LGBTQ+ 2017

The University is planning an exciting programme of events and projects relating to LGBTQ+ equality, to take place throughout 2017.

Our aim is to celebrate the work of students, staff and alumni, with a particular focus on sharing previously untold stories and highlighting the experiences of historically marginalised groups. If you have an idea for an activity, and would like support to make it happen, please get in touch!

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967), which partially decriminalised same sex relationships. Whilst the Act introduced limited rights and legal protection on grounds of sexual orientation, it did mark a key turning point in the liberation movement.

We are keen to support projects and events that recognise the diversity within LGBTQ+ communities. You may already have plans for a project and would like support to publicise it, or may be interested in participating or leading on an activity relating to LGBTQ+ equality. We will work with the Students’ Union LGBTQ+ Society, and the staff network ‘queer@arts’ to promote activities throughout the year. For more information, contact Bethan Williams via the contact details opposite. 

Latest events

  • Thanks for the Mammories, Museum of Transology exhibit
    Image credit: TheyThem Studio

    Museum of Transology

    20 January – 22 April, London College of Fashion, John Prince’s Street. The largest and boldest display of trans artefacts and photographic portraiture ever displayed in the UK. Collected and curated by E-J Scott, and made possible by those who donated their stories and personal objects.

  • Image of Ken from exhibition
    Image credit: Sara Davidmann

    Ken. To be destroyed

    17 February - 24 March, London College of Communication. A collaboration between UAL Reader and artist Dr Sara Davidmann and the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), the exhibition and publication explores Davidmann’s practice-based research project and the new work which has emerged from it.

  • Image of Moose with the title 'Moose on the Loose'
    Image courtesy of Photography and the Archive Research Centre, UAL

    Moose on the Loose 2017

    17 February - 26 March, London College of Communication. Co-ordinated by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), Moose on the Loose 2017 includes exhibitions, a book launch, an exhibition of LGBTQ+ zines at LCC Library with a reading group and a tour, studio visits, workshops and demonstrations.

  • Mike Jackson in front of Pride film poster
    Image courtesy of Mike Jackson

    The Power of Communities: Actionism, Actions and Storytelling

    14 March, Central Saint Martins. Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners 1984/5, joins Dr Andrea Zimmerman and Peter Bond as they discuss the power of communities through actionism, actions and storytelling. Event open to UAL students and staff only.

  • Four photographic images in negative, one shows people stood in a line and the other three images show close up of elements of the people in the photos.
    Image by LCC MA Photography graduate Davide Meneghello

    Space for Dialogue

    22 March, London College of Communication. A panel debate featuring a range of practitioners and organisations who have designed innovative projects that create new spaces for dialogue around LGBTQ+ concerns. The panellists will discuss their challenges, successes and visions for the future.

  • Image of 3 people wearing pink from Queer Bodies film
    Image credit: Michelle Williams Gamaker

    Queer Bodies

    15 February, High Holborn. This Shades of Noir event explored issues of representation and misrepresentation affecting queer people of colour. Check out the event resources and interviews with panellists on the Shades of Noir website.