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LGBTQ+ at Cambridge

Cambridge has a long history of LGBTQ+ students, staff and alumni. Student and staff networks offer social events and support throughout the year, and researchers share their work in queer, trans and sexuality studies.

LGBTQ+ History Month

The collegiate University celebrates LGBT+ History Month annually in February to help promote equality and diversity by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, their history, lives and experiences. Institutions fly the rainbow flag and organise events throughout the month. UK LGBTQ+ History Month 2021’s theme is Mind, Body and Soul.

Details of exciting and varied activities going on across the University are collated here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/lgbt-history-month-2021-at-cambridge and specific Hughes Hall events will be included on our events page as they are confirmed. Encompass Network, which promotes a better quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Cambridgeshire, has put together a fantastic compilation of what is going on in the area: http://encompassnetwork.org.uk/category/history-month-2021/. Here is some further inspiration!

  • LGBT+ History Month has a range of resources, ideas and events
  • OUTing the Past at the National Maritime Museum on 13 February a virtual festival to reveal the unheard and under-recognised histories of LGBTQ+ people.
  • The Museum of London also intends to mark LGBT+ History Month with a range of walks, talks and events.
  • Lesflicks are curating a short film compilation specially for LGBT+ History Month. The 60-90 minute programme will be available for free for any library, film club, community group or university network to request to screen during February 2021: You can register here.
  • Stonewall is running various events in February and beyond.

Hughes Hall

Hughes Hall MCR Committee includes an Equality and LGBTQ+ Officer. Jodie Rawles was elected In January 2021 to this post to support and promote inclusion and equality for the College’s LGBTQ+ community. The MCR has an LGBTQ+ student society which is coordinated through a Facebook group. Please get in touch with Jodie if you’d like to join or find out more. She can be contacted via mcr.lgbt@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

Hughes Hall has made a commitment to promote equality, value diversity and maintain an environment for study, work and living in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected. We are proud to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month and Transgender Awareness week by flying flags and working with MCR officers to hold a themed Formal Hall for each, alongside other events and initiatives organised by our community (plans will be adapted for 2021, accordingly). Current students are encouraged to speak to their Tutor if they have any concerns or are welcome to get in touch with College Equality Officer, Dr Corinne Roughley: equality.officer@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

Students

The Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) LGBT+ committee has represented and supported students with events and welfare-related resources for several years, in addition to representatives in Colleges’ own student unions. It also runs specific campaigns, publishes the magazine Get Real, and holds the Harry Harris LGBT+ library.

Alumni

A recently established Alumni Group, LGBT+ Cambridge Alumni, aims to provide a personal and professional network for LGBT+ alumni, to promote awareness around LGBT+ issues, to champion LGBT+ inclusive policies and to forge links with other LGBT+ networks.

Staff

The University established the LGBT+ Staff Network, which is open to staff from the University, Colleges and related institutions, following a consultation in 2006. Alongside the University’s other diversity networks, it provides information and support to staff, assists with the co-ordination of diversity events and helps the University to progress equality.

Equality Champions

In 2009, the University approved the establishment of Equality Champions support the progression of equality for all protected groups, advocate on equality and diversity matters, and work with staff and student networks. The University’s current LGBT+ Equality Champion is Professor Andrew Webber. There is more information on Equality and Diversity at the University here.

Research

In 2018, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched lgbtQ+@cam, a new programme to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network-building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge. This page provides an overview of their work, including links to events and research, including the University-wide Q+STEM network of STEM academics.

Community

Cambridge has a thriving LGBTQ+ community both at the university and in the wider city. This Queer Cambridge page provides a great summary of the University networks mentioned above and those in the city, including Cambridge Pride, Encompass Network and Dhiverse.