LGBT+ History Month


LGBT+ History Month is an opportunity to highlight lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives and culture, and to reflect on the continued fight for LGBT+ liberation. 


The Students' Association has marked LGBT+ History Month for the past five years. Each February, we work with our LGBT+ Officer, student societies, and staff from across the University to organise a programme of events and activities. 


We're still in the process of confirming events, but you can check out our initial schedule below and like the Liberation Campaign's Facebook Page for updates on events and other activities. If you have any questions about our events, please email





Queer Valentine's Card Workshop

January 31st, 13:00-15:00, G.10 William Robertson Wing, Doorway 4, Old Medical School


To kick off LGBT+ History Month and promte their upcoming events, the University's History Society are running a queer Valentine's card workshop, where you can pop along and make a card featuring a LGBT+ icon or couple of your choice! There'll be lots of materials available but feel free to bring along some of your own too!


Find out more here.



LGBT+ History Month Quiz

February 5th, 20:00-22:00, Dining Room, Teviot


Grab your pals and join PrideSoc, the History Society and your very own LGBT+ Campaign for a quiz extravaganza you won't forget! The focus of the night will be queer history and culture, but there will also be reps from NUS Scotland and the Scottish Trans Alliance around to chat about upcoming review of the Gender Recognition Act in Scotland.


If you don't have a team, don't panic! The society committees will be around on the night to help match folks up!



Staff Pride Network and PrideSoc Lunch at KB

February 7th, 12:00-14:00, Curle Room, King's Buildings House


The first Wednesday of every month, the Staff Pride Network and PrideSoc host a lunch for LGBT+ students and staff based at King's Buildings. It's a chance to meet others and chat in a relaxed environment.


For more information and updates on future lunches, join the Facebook group here.



Poetry and Place: Queer Space

February 7th, 16:00-17:00, 2.19 Old Library, 1 Drummond Street


This is special edition of Poetry and Place for LGBT History Month, organised by the University of Edinburgh Human Geography Research Group. We’ll be reading our own poems and those of others, in any language and style, on the theme of queer space. 

Poetry and Place is a space for sharing and experiencing poetry in an informal setting. Each session we explore a different theme or topic. Bring a poem and read it yourself or simply listen to others. Participation is encouraged!



Edinburgh University Theatre Company (EUTC) presents: Tom at the Farm

February 7th to February 10th, 19:30-21:00, Bedlam Theatre


To mark LGBT+ History Month, join EUTC for their new show Tom on the Farm, described as a psychosexual thriller which offers a searing look at the legacy of homophobia and the cycle of violence left in its wake. From award-winning Quebecois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard comes a gut-punch of a play, blending biting humour and stark honesty to lay bare the devastation of losing someone that once formed a part of who you are.


Find out more here and purchase your tickets here.



PublishED LGBT+ History Month Reading Group

February 8th, 14:30-16:00, Half 8 Cafe


Throughout February, PublishEd are giving their regular reading groups a queer twist. they've picked out six perfect LGBT+ titles and will be discussing them, as well as all things books, throughout the month. Newcomers are very welcome and you don't have to have read any or all of the books - join their Facebook group to find out more!



QTPOC Nacho Party with FemSoc and PrideSoc

February 8th, 17:00-19:00, Balcony Room, Teviot


If you're a queer cutie of colour then definitely head along to this super chill pizza party organised by FemSoc and PrideSoc. There'll be good music, good food, and good chat, so don't miss out!


This event is for LGBT+ People of Colour only. For more info, click here.



LGBT+ Rights in Asia

February 8th, 18:00-19:00, LG.11, David Hume Tower


Join Edinburgh Political Union for a seminar LBGT identities, and the politics of belonging with Professor Delwar Hussain and Dr Qureshi Ayaz. We will discuss the differences in Western and Asian perception of sexual identities, and the impact of these differences on development interventions.



LGBT+ History Month Walking Tour and Pub Crawl

February 8th, 19:00-22:00, starting at New Amphion, Teviot


Edinburgh is jam packed with queer history, so join the History Society for a little tour, featuring plenty of pub stops along the way to warm up. They'll be heading out from Teviot and finishing up at the Street on Piccardy Place, with the final route to be confirmed soon - everyone's welcome so bring your pals!



LGBT History Month Film Screening: Pariah

February 8th, 19:00-21:00, Screening Room, 50 George Square


Join the University's Staff Pride Network to celebrate LGBT+ History Month with a screening of the 2011 film Pariah, voted one of the best lesbian films of all time by Autostraddle! The film follows a Brooklyn teenager as she juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.


Following the screening, a post-movie panel of speakers will hold an open discussion on the issues the film raises


Find out more here.



F, M or Other: Quarrels with the Gender Binary

February 8th, 20:00-22:00, Lighthouse Bookshop


From fierce feminism to modern masculinity, nuanced experiences of nonbinary identities, perspectives on passing, speculative futures and supernatural beings, childhood, femme fatales, brazen boyishness and the like – F, M or Other is Knight Errant Press’ first curated collection; fresh, punchy and pertinent.


Join Lighthouse Bookshop for a celebration of this wonderful collection of fiction, poetry, comics and essays exploring our experiences of gender.


Find out more here.




February 8th, 23:00-03:00, Wee Red Bar

£4 entry before 12 or £5 after, £1 cloakroom


The LGBT+ Campaign is proud to be supporting Edinburgh Labour Students in organising a queer club night fundriaser for the Chris Smith List which supports LGBT+ Labour candidates standing for Parliament. 


The playlist is to die for, so come on out & kick off LGBT+ History Month in style!



Lazarus, the Princess, and the Marathon Man: HIV and Three Heroes Who Stood Against It

February 9th, 18:30-19:30, Teviot Dining Room


The LGBT+ Campaign is proud to be supporting this event from Youth Stop AIDS which will explore three stories of individuals from the LGBT+ community who responded to the AIDS crisis, demonstrating extraordinary bravery in the face of adversity.


This aims to be an inspiring and engaging talk, which will educate you about the history of HIV and AIDS while also presenting hope for the future.


Find out more here.



Queer AF Cabaret

February 10th, 19:00-01:00, Cabaret Bar, Pleasance


Join PrideSoc and the lovely George Tasda for an evening of queer cabaret fun and societal gender norms disrupting frolics! 


It's totally free (say, what) but they'll be collecting donations for the wonderful folks over at LGBT Health and Wellbeing.


For more information and to keep up-to-date with performers, click here.



Our Tribe Relaunch

February 11th, 15:30-17:00, Augustine Church, George VI Bridge


Our Tribe is a LGBT+ affirming space to explore the Christian faith, spirituality, sexuality and gender. This Sunday they're relaunching their regular Sunday worship where you'll have the opportunity to receive communion and hear from various members of the Our Tribe community.



Decolonising Sex and Gender Workshop

Monday February 12th, 19:00-20:00, G.06, 50 George Square


Many people take the concepts of sex and gender for granted but the reality is that they've been heavily shaped by colonial power structures. Join Sexpression for this workshop which will help you recognise, explore, and challenge the ways in which colonialism constructs and skews our understandings of gender and sex. They'll be looking at power structures, LGBT+ activism around the world, and the conceptualisation of queer bodies, so don't miss it!



'I am...' Workshop with Kerry Rush

February 13th, 16:15-17:45 and 18:15:19:45, Balcony Room, Teviot


To mark LGBT+ History Month the LGBT+ Campaign is proud to be hosting another instalment of Kerry Rush's popular 'I am...' workshop in collaboration with Kerry's organisation Positive Change Arts Projects!

This workshop is all about YOU. It's a response to the way society tries to put people in boxes and give them labels, and is an opportunity to creatively explore who you are in your own terms and in a supportive and inclusive space. At the end of the workshop you can either take your artwork away with you or leave it with Kerry to be included in the next 'I am...' exhibition. 

Due to last year's demand, we'll be running two workshop slots - please make sure you sign up to one of the workshops via Eventbrite.



Come On, Vogue!

February 14th, 12:00-14:00, Quaker Studio, Pleasance


As part of LGBT+ History, we're super excited to be working with Vogue Scotland to bring you this free, two hour vogue workshop, led by world-renowned voguer and Mother of Scotland's ballroom scene, Kevin Revlon.


Perfect for beginners, this class will takeyou through the basics of vogue, from duck walk to catwalk, floorwork, spins and dips. This is a safe, no-pressure space for people of all abilities to discover Ballroom, discover themselves, and most importantly have fun!


If you want a taster of the session then check out this short video of one of Kevin's classes with Vogue Scotland.


Please are limited so please RSVP via Eventbrite.



A Brief History of Ballroom Culture

February 14th, 14:00-15:00, Quaker Studio, Pleasance


Vogue is THE queer art form, so as part of LGBT+ History Month we're proud to be partnering with Vogue Scotland to explore its history and ballroom culture.

From the Harlem ballrooms and African American LGBT+ community to Madonna's Vogue, and the modern Kiki Ball scene around the world, we'll be chatting Old Way, New Way, Vogue Fem and all things ballroom, with plenty of time for questions too. 

We are excited to have international guests Kevin Revlon and Harli Khan leading the session, and if you'd like to give voguing a go you can join Kevin beforehand for a vogue fem workshop!



[POSTPONED] QUEER ICONS: a LGBT+ History Month Club Night

February 14th, 22:00-02:00, Underground, Teviot


Join the Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign, BLOGS, Amnesty International, and FreshAir for Edinburgh's biggest queer Valentine's Day party! We'll have some of the city's best DJs playing non-stop LGBT+ hits, all in aid of Waverley Care.


Throughout the night we'll be celebrating the queer icons who inspire us, so dressing up as your fave is strongly encouraged!



PublishED LGBT+ History Month Reading Group

February 15th, 14:30-16:00, Cult Espresso


Throughout February, PublishEd are giving their regular reading groups a queer twist. they've picked out six perfect LGBT+ titles and will be discussing them, as well as all things books, throughout the month. Newcomers are very welcome and you don't have to have read any or all of the books - join their Facebook group to find out more!



LGBT Materials in the University Collections

February 15th, 18:00-19:30, Centre for Research Collections, 6th Floor, Main Library


To celebrate LGBT+ History Month the University's Centre for Research Collections are hosting an event to display some of the materials they hold which relate to the LGBT+ community. From talks on trans alumni, to AIDS health campaigns, and gay literature, head along and get up close to their achives and collections!



LGBT+ History Month Film Screening: The Boys in the Band

February 15th, 18:00-20:30, LG.06, David Hume Tower


In honour of LGBT+ History Month and in collaboration with the Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign, please come and join us for a showing of the 1970 film The Boys in the Band! Adapted from a Broadway play about a group of queer friends throwing a birthday party, it is one of the first American films centred around LGBT+ characters - a milestone in queer cinema!


Everyone is welcome, whether you're a cinema buff eager to see this historic work, a theatre fan or you're simply looking for that representation fix. Plus there'll be snacks!



XOXO: It's Valentine's Gay!

February 16th, 23:00-03:00, Wee Red Bar, ECA


XOXO is a staple of the Edinburgh queer scene, so make sure you join them to celebrate their 1st birthday! Saint Valentine will be on the decks, the queens from House of Rabbit will be on the dancefloor - all they're missing is you!



Staying Safe While Queer

February 17th, 13:00-17:00, Quaker Studio, Pleasance


Being LGBT+ can be scary AF. We're constantly fighting against homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, but what are we supposed to do while we're waiting for our queer utopia? Fight back!

Whether you want to learn how to protect yourself if the worst did happen or just want to be more confident in yourself, join us for this free personal safety course provided by The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety.

The course will involve physical activity but the instructor will be happy to adapt the exercises to fit a range of abilities. There will also be an exploration of how you can use your body language and your voice to protect yourself.



Recognising Trans Alumni at The University of Edinburgh

February 22nd, 18:00-19:00, LG.06 David Hume Tower


How does the University of Edinburgh recognise transgender people? What could it do better?


Join a panel of students and staff discuss their experiences at the University of Edinburgh, and what changes can be made to respect the needs of trans people - past, present, and future.



Queer Research Showcase: The Five Ages

February 23rd, 12:30-13:30, G.01, 50 George Square


Join the University's Staff Pride Network for a floral arranging performance lecture by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, exploring the relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of queer aesthetics.



LGBT+ Salsa Taster Night

February 23rd, 22:00-03:00, Wee Red Bar


Salsa is an incredible form of dance, performance, and self-expression which can be enjoyed by anyone, but sometimes people are put off by the strict, heteronormative dancing roles. That's why, to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, FemSoc and SalsaSoc have come together to throw an open and inclusive salsa taster party!


There be plenty of help for beginners, performances from SalsaSoc, and no gender roles to make you feel awkward! It's totally free, so come along and bring your pals.



Queers of Faith Potluck

February 24th, 13:00-14:30


If you identify as an LGBT+ person of faith then join the Queers of Faith group for an informal potluck to celebrate LGBT+ History Month. The event is being hosted by one of our Liberation Campaign Committee members Moyo at their flat, so please join the Queers of Faith Facebook group to find out more.



Drag Race All Stars Screening Party

February 24th, 22:30-23:30, Cabaret Bar, Pleasance


START YOUR ENGINES and join us to watch the latest episode of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 3 OKAAAAAAY? The bar will be open all evening and the show will start at 10:30pm, so whether you'll be LIPSYNCHING FOR YOUR LIFE or you'd LIKE TO KEEP IT ON PLEASE, grab a seat & enjoy the show! 



PublishED LGBT+ History Month Reading Group

February 25th, 14:30-16:00, Kilimanjaro Coffee


Throughout February, PublishEd are giving their regular reading groups a queer twist. they've picked out six perfect LGBT+ titles and will be discussing them, as well as all things books, throughout the month. Newcomers are very welcome and you don't have to have read any or all of the books - join their Facebook group to find out more!



Celebrating LGBT History Month in Gaelic?

February 25th, 18:00-20:00, Pentland Room, Pleasance


Join the Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign and Comann Ceilteach Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann (the University's Highland Society) for a celebration of LGBT+ Gaelic culture. We'll have performances from Marit Fält, Rona Wilkie and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, followed by a discussion exploring how their identities intersect and influence their work.



Queer Research Showcase: Queer Film Studies

February 26th, 12:30-13:30, 1.15, Chrystal Macmillan Building


Join the Staff Pride Network for a lunch seminar showcasing queer film studies research at the University of Edinburgh. There will be presentations from two current PhD students followed by the opportunity for questions and group discussion.



Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things Screening

February 26th, 18:30-20:30, Screening Room, 50 George Square


To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, join the Students' Association's Global Students team for a critical watching of the film 'Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things'.


This feature documentary film explores how colonisation & religion have shaped & erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality & family structure - & how a new generation are ‘unshaming’ their past. Following the screening, there will be a discussion exploring the extent to which the film achieves its aim of disrupting colonial narratives surrounding the community in Nunavut & indigenous populations more broadly.


Reserve your place on Eventbrite.



Time Warp

February 27th, 20:30-01:00, Underground, Teviot


As part of LGBT+ History Month and RAG Week, History, Classics and Archaeology, and Retrospect welcome you to Time Warp - a party for people of all sexualities, genders and degrees! Entry is just £3 on the door with all profits going to LGBT Health and Wellbeing.



Genesis: a Queer Disco Celebration

February 27th, 23:00-03:00, Wee Red Bar


In honour of LGBTQ+ History Month, the Dance Music Society invites you to come and celebrate the queer roots of modern dance music!


They'll be celebrating disco and its many reverberations through electronic music and pop culture. There'll be disco new and old, anthems and deep cuts alike, through to italo-disco, Chicago house, 80s synthpop and beyond; expect some LGBTQ+ anthems in there too!


Commemorating the vibes of Studio 54, The Loft, Paradise Garage, queer havens which acted as the formative sites of dance music culture. People of all genders and sexualities are invited to come and party in an inclusive atmosphere and be yourself - there'll even be a prize for the fiercest outfit (think Studio 54 glam/NY Club Kids vibes) so get planning!



Let's Talk About Intersectionality

February 28th, 18:00-19:30, Business School Auditorium


The University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network present a special panel event on intersectionality, to mark the end of our programme of event celebrating LGBT+ History Month.


At this event we will hear from a panel of guest speakers from academia and business, exploring the issue of intersectionality, what it means to them, and what effect it has on their lives. The panel will then open to discussion and questions from the audience.