February is LGBT+ History Month

At the University of Chester we’re committed to creating a safe, friendly LGBT+ inclusive environment for both students and staff.

With that in mind, we just wanted to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on some great initiatives we’re part of, our inclusive networks and societies, and some great upcoming events:

– Did you know the University holds the Navajo Charter mark? This charter is given to institutions who are working to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment. Find out more.

– We also work regularly with Chester Pride and always take part in the annual Chester Pride event every summer.

– Chester Students’ Union (CSU) run the LGBT+ Society which is a social society that promotes inclusivity among their members and the wider community. They run a range of events, including socials on and off campus, and are always welcoming of new members. Find out more.

– The University also runs an LGBT+ Staff group. This group has seen a surge in members in the last year is going from strength to strength. They meet quarterly but have lots of socials in between and are always welcoming of new members. Click here for more info.

– To mark LGBT+ History Month, CSU will be displaying an exhibition highlighting three influential figures in LGBT+ history – Marsha P Johnson, Harvey Milk and Sylvia Rivera – and a brief history of stonewall. This will be on display across the sites during February, starting in the CSU building at Exton Park.

– We’ll also be flying Progress Pride flags at a number of our sites throughout the month, and CSU will also be flying flags covering a range of gender identities and sexualities.

– The University’s annual Diversity Festival returns later this month. As part of the festival, there are lots of great, inclusive events which are open to all, including some which focus on gender diversity and becoming an intentional ally to the LGBT+ community:

Gender Diversity and Trans Awareness Training – Find out more from G of The Queer Box on gender identity, gender expression, biological essentialism and the gender-critical movement. More info and book.

Engaging for Success – Learn how you can become an intentional ally to the LGBT+ community and you can be safely authentic if you’re LGBT+. More info and book.

Visit our Events pages to see all the upcoming Diversity Festival events.

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