1st – 29th February 

Join SUSU as we celebrate and learn 

LGBTQ+ History Month

February is LGBTQ+ History Month, and this year’s national theme is:

Medicine – #UnderTheScope

The 2024 theme celebrates LGBTQ+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.

Queering Connections: Triangulations

Tuesday 30 January - Sunday 25 February
The Winchester Gallery, WSA

In this exhibition, three women - Katherine Anteney, Sally Schuh, and Louise Siddons – are brought together for a queer experiment in co-creative, collaborative cartography, curated in converstion with the WSA artists book collection.

GIAG Crafternoon: Rainbow Bracelet Workshop

Thursday 1 February 14:00 - 16:00
The Concourse, Building 42

The popular beaded bracelet-making workshop is back for LGBT+ History Month! This workshop is perfect for all skill levels, this hands-on experience lets you design bracelets that reflect your unique style, you can choose different beads and thread them to a rainbow bracelet, and take them home with you! Booking required, £1.50 per ticket. Click here to book now.

Rainbow Laces Day

Thursday 1 February

Rainbow Laces day is on Thursday 1 February and raises money for Stonewall. The Rainbow Laces campaign is 10 years old and in that time  over a million people have laced up in support of LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, fitness and physical activity.

LGBTQ+ Flag Raising and Pulse Network Coffee Morning

Monday 5 February 09:30 - 10:00
Jubilee Plaza, Highfield Campus

Join the PULSE LGBT+ Network in marking the start of the month to raise the Progress Pride flag at the Jubilee Plaza, followed by a friendly coffee at the Arlott.

Union Films: Bottoms Film Screening

Tuesday 13 February 20:00 - 22:00
The Cube, Building 42

Unpopular best friends PJ and Josie start a high school self-defense club to meet girls and lose their virginity. They soon find themselves in over their heads when the most popular students start beating each other up in the name of self-defense. Booking required, ticket prices vary. Click here to book now.

In Conversation with Dr Brendan J. Dunlop- Author of The Queer Mental Health Workbook

Wednesday 14 February 18:00 - 19:00

The Library is hosting an In Conversation with Dr Brendan J Dunlop., author of The Queer Mental Health Workbook on Wednesday 14th February, 18:00-19:00 and will be held on MS teams. The session is open to anyone to attend and everyone can register via teams.

GIAG Crafternoon: DIY Badge

Thursday 15 February 14:00 - 16:00
The Concourse, Building 42

Join us for an exciting and inclusive experience where you can design your own badges! Whether you're passionate about proudly displaying your pronouns or want to create a badge that represents your favorite hobby, character, or quote – the choice is yours! Our workshop provides all the materials and guidance you need to craft a unique and meaningful badge. Click here to book now.

Drag Bingo

Friday 16 February 19:00 - 22:00
The Bridge, Building 42

Get ready for a night of bingo with a fabulous twist! Our Drag Bingo event is where the excitement of the classic game meets the glamour and charisma of drag entertainment. Join us for an evening filled with laughter, dazzling performances, and the chance to win fantastic prizes. Booking required, £5 per ticket. Click here to book now.

Southampton Pride T-Shirt Design Competition

Submit your designs by Friday 16 February 2024, with the shortlist announced on Thursday 1 March.
The Pulse network is hosting a Pride T-Shirt Design competition open to all students! Details can be found on The Pride T-Shirt Design Competition page.. The competition runs throughout February so we hope lots of you get involved!

Union Films: Red, White and Royal Blue Screening

Tuesday 20 February 20:00 - 22:00
The Cube, Building 42

When the feud between the son of the American President and Britain's prince threatens to drive a wedge in U.S./British relations, the two are forced into a staged truce that sparks something deeper. Free event, booking required. Click here to book now.

GIAG Crafternoon: Rainbow Bath Bomb making with LUSH

Thursday 22 February 14:00 - 16:00
The Cube, Building 42

This month marks LGBTQ+ month, and GIAG is excited to announce a collaborative workshop with LUSH on creating rainbow bath bombs! 🌈✨ Join us for this engaging session where LUSH staff members will guide you through the process of crafting a "Toby's Magic Cow" rainbow bath bomb. When placed in the bath, the finished product will showcase a delightful rainbow effect, enhanced with the addition of crackling candy for a playful touch, making it an ideal gift for both kids and adults alike. 🛁🎁 Booking required, £4 per ticket. Click here to book now.

Southampton Stonewall Lecture 2024: Why We Need Queer Kinship Now More Than Ever: Lessons from Lessons from German History

Thursday 22 February 18:00 - 20:00
Avenue Campus

In this lecture, Professor Jennifer Evans asks us to think about how the queer and trans past has often been drawn upon to make a series of claims about liberal democracy itself, including the place of identity in rights-based discourses of experience, policy and governance.

Student Christian Movement Event

Monday 26 February 20:00 - 22:00
Faith and Reflection Centre

A session centered on affirming at Christianity and seeing people of all sexualities and genders as part of the body of Christ. There will be free snacks, a chance to meet new people and activities to celebrate LGBT history month!

GIAG Crafternoon: Craft Rainbow Workshop

Thursday 29 February 14:00 - 16:00
The Concourse, Building 42

Experience a burst of color at our Rainbow Workshop! 🌈✨ Join us for a vibrant and creative journey where you'll have the opportunity to craft a variety of rainbow-themed masterpieces. From rainbow money boxes to stunning window decorations, our workshop offers endless possibilities for you! Free event, booking required. Click here to book now.

Film Screening: Desert Hearts

Thursday 29 February 16:00 - 17:30
Avenue Film Theatre, Avenue Campus

Catch a free film screening of Desert Hearts, a romantic drama film set in 1950s Reno, it tells the story of a university professor who finds her true self through a relationship with a more self-confident woman.

LGBT+ History Month is for everyone; whether you work in education, a museum, a library or an art gallery, a business, a service, or are a member of a network/social group or an individual.

It is celebrated every February across the UK and was founded in 2004 by Schools OUT UK  co-chairs, Paul Patrick & Professor Emeritus Sue  Sanders. It was first celebrated in February 2005.

For so long LGBT+ people’s history was hidden, following the repeal of Section 28, UK LGBT+ History Month was created to:

  • claim our past
  • celebrate our present
  • create our future

LGBTQ+ Society welcome anyone from any gender or sexual minority to join their society, and even allies who wish to support the community.

LGBTQ+ parade at the University of Southampton.

Share Your Rainbows

All month you can leave messages and stories on our "Share Your Rainbows" wall in SUSU B42. Simply add your message to a rainbow magnet and add it to the wall. Lets stand strong together this LGBTQ+ History Month and beyond by sharing the history of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as our stories and the stories of our loved ones.

Pronoun Badges

Pronoun badges are available for free at SUSU main reception in Building 42. The badges we have available are she/her, they/them, he/him, he/them, she/them, and blank for you to add your own choice of pronouns.


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