LGBT+ History Month 2023 at Oxford

February is LGBT+ History Month, a month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) history and an opportunity to raise visibility of these lives and experiences.

To mark the month, we’re sharing a range of stories, events, resources and support in our 2023 guide. Here you'll find everything going on around the University and we'll continue to update it throughout the month. 

Events and activities

LGBT+ History Month Lecture: A personal story of transition

Wednesday 22 February, 6.00pm, Saïd Business School
Max Siegel, Transgender activist, speaker and content creator, will explore the history of trans and gender non-confirming people, what can be learned and his own experiences. A Q&A will follow the talk.


Ashmolean museum: exploring LGBTQ+ connections and Pride stories

Throughout February at the Ashmolean
From 'Bulldog Baths' tokens distributed to the participants at Gay Freedom Day, 1980 and 1981 to the work of German Neo-Expressionist artist Salomé, learn more about the LGBTQ+ stories represented in the Ashmolean’s collections. 


A Service of Readings and Silence 

Wednesday 8 February, 5.45pm, Harris Manchester College Chapel 
An LGBT service in Oxford's only college chapel that allows same sex weddings: Service led by Rev Dr Claire MacDonald, with Ashley Walters and members of the College community. 


Jonathan Cooper LGBTQ+ Mooting Competition 2023

Saturday 11 February, 4.00pm, Faculty of Law

Please join us  for the Grand Final of the First Jonathan Cooper LGBTQ+ Mooting Competition. The Competition is the first one at Oxford specifically focusing on the promotion of the intellectual study of legal issues related to sexual orientation and gender identities. For its inaugural edition, the competition’s problem question will focus on the constitutional interpretation of the right to marriage, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the right to private and family life in the case of a fictitious country. The event will be followed by a drinks reception. If you would like to attend, please register in advance


Diversity Role Models: Evan Davis

Thursday 16 February, 5:30-6:30pm, Worcester College
Join Worcester College Provost, David Isaac CBE, in conversation with Evan Davis.


In Conversation with Dr Emily Rutherford

Monday 20 February, 5.30-6.30pm, St Edmund Hall 
LGBTQIA+ History Month Lecture: 'Historians Will Say They Were Just Good Friends': University Histories, Queer Histories.


Queer Love and Literature Exhibition

Saturday 25 February, 10.00am-4.00pm, New College Lecture Room 4

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, New College Library is showcasing books and manuscripts from our spectacular collections featuring queer stories, histories, and authors.


Queer connections - old 'stuff', new stories?

Free Talk, Monday 27 February, 2.30pm, Pitt Rivers Museum 
Pitt Rivers staff will share research stories from Out in Oxford and Beyond the Binary, initiatives developed with community partners, researchers and activists to challenge the types of stories told in Pitt Rivers Museum displays.



About the University's Equality Policy 

The University's Equality Policy provides for an inclusive environment which 'promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected to assist them in reaching their full potential'. It also outlines that no student or member of staff will be treated less favorably on grounds which include sexual orientation and gender reassignment. You can find further information about the University’s work in the areas of gender, sexual orientation and transgender here.


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