LGBT+ History Month


LGBT+ History Month is an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the individuals and events which have shaped LGBT+ communities, as well as our collective history.


It also provides space for LGBT+ students to explore and articulate their own experiences, and a focus for the whole University community to discuss and address the on-going challenges facing LGBT+ communities in Britain and around the world.


The Students' Association's LGBT+ History Month celebrations take place during national LGBT+ History Month in February and are led by our LGBT+ Officer, who this year is Natasha Ion.


You can view the current event programme below or on What's On, but please note that we'll be continuing to add more events in the run-up to February. 


If you have any questions about LGBT+ History Month or the Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign, or would like your event to be featured in the programme, please email



Queering the Map of Our City with LGBT Health & Wellbeing
February 2nd, 12:00-16:00; City Art Centre, Market Street


Join LGBT+ folks from across Edinburgh for a creative workshop which aims to create a queer map of the city! The map will focus on places which hold meaning and significance, both for individuals and the community as a whole. It's a great opportunity to make new friends and learn a bit of Edinburgh's queer history.


Find out more and sign up via the Facebook event.



LGBTQ+ Art Exhibition Opening Party

February 5th, 19:00; Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art


Join the LGBT+ Campaign and Edinburgh College of Art for the launch of the LGBT+ History Month Queer Arts Collective exhibition! There'll be dancing, performances and some video installations, so don't miss it.


If you're interested in submitting a piece to be featured in the exhibition, join the Queer Arts Collective Facebook group or email



Being Trans and Political

February 7th, 19:30-21:00; Balcony Room, Teviot Row House


Join Edinburgh Labour Students for a LGBT+ History Month event exploring experiences of being trans in politics! The panel will be discussing their own experiences from the student movement and beyond.



Red Ceilidh with Heriot-Watt LGBTQ+ Society in aid of Waverley Care

February 7th, 19:00-23:30; Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street


The lovely folks at Heriot-Watt LGBTQ+ Society have invited us to their annual fundraiser ceilidh for Waverley Care! The band Bridges will be leading the ceilidh and keeping everyone dancing, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to meet up with queer students from across the city.


Tickets are just £7 and can be bought in advance via their website or on the door.



Travis Alabanza on Poetry and Power

February 8th, 19:00-21:00; Lecture Theatre A, David Hume Tower


As part of LGBT+ History Month, the team behind Poetry and Power are delighted to be hosting Travis Alabanza, a London-based performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer, who has been hailed by artsy, id and Mobo_Awards as one of the most prominent emerging in queer arts activism today. Their book of poetry ‘Before I step Outside (you love me),’ released in 2017, has been shipped to over nineteen countries worldwide and was listed as one of the top trans literary books of 2017.


Travis will be giving a talk on poetry as a source of personal and political power, and perform some of their poetry. They'll afterwards be in-conversation with Edinburgh-based organiser and PhD researcher Jessica Brough (@Jessica_Brough), discussing how poetry can be a vehicle of liberation and transformation.


Tickets are available on Eventbrite for £4.



LGBT+ History Month Lecture with Nigerian Activist Bisi Alimi

February 13th, 18:30-20:30; Debating Hall, Teviot Row House


To celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2019, Edinburgh University Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign, with the support of the University of Edinburgh's Principal, are honoured to be hosting a guest lecture by Nigerian gay rights & HIV activist Bisi Alimi.

Bisi made history in 2004 when he became the first gay Nigerian man to come out live on national television. After receiving death threats as a result of his sexuality, Alimi was forced to seek asylum in the UK, where he has continued to use his platform to advocate for causes close to his heart.


He'll be speaking with us about his own experiences, his activism, and his hopes for the future. Following his lecture, there will be a facilitated Q&A session.

Tickets for this event are free and open to students, staff and members of the local community. We will be collecting donations on the night for a local LGBT+ charity.



Re-Politicising Pride with NUS UK LGBT+ Officer Rob Noon

February 18th, 18:00-19:30; LG.11, David Hume Tower


We're super excited to be joined by NUS LGBT+ Officer (Open Place) Rob Noon, who this year is focusing on helping students re-politicise Pride, focusing on our radical roots and the challenges we face today.

They'll be chatting to us about the history and politics of Pride organising in the UK. In particular centring the experiences of groups often left out of LGBT+ history, including QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour) and trans people.

We'll also be joined by older members of the LGBT+ community who'll be sharing their exhibition of materials relating to Edinburgh's LGBT+ history.



FREE HIV Testing with SX

February 20th, 17:15-18:45 and February 22nd, 11:30-13:30; Balcony Room, Teviot Row House


GET TESTED. KNOW YOUR STATUS. Come along to this free and informal drop-in to get tested & find out more about safer sex!

The Students' Association's LGBT+ Campaign are pleased to be partnering with PrideSoc, Edinburgh Youth Stop AIDS Society, & Waverley Care to offer free, rapid HIV testing on campus.

HIV doesn't discriminate & neither do we - this testing drop-in is open to ALL students.



LGBTQ+ Alumni and Former Staff Networking Event

February 21st, 18:00-20:00; Lounge Bar, Teviot Row House


Join the Staff Pride Network and PrideSoc for an informal social and an opportunity to contribute to their latest project which aims to document the experiences of LGBT+ students and staff - past and present - at the University.



I Have a Que(e)ry Panel on Bisexual Representation

February 24th, 19:00-22:30; Underground, Teviot Row House


This LGBT+ History Month, join Positive Change Arts Projects with the support of PrideSoc and Non-Binary Edinburgh for a night of poetry, guest speakers, and a panel including Q&A!

I Have a Que(e)ry About Bisexual Representation aims to be a catalyst for wider conversation and better support around the impact of Bi+ media representation. This event will also act as a fundraiser to cover the costs of the title sequence and editing of upcoming I Have a Que(e)ry webseries.



Turing Talk + Coding for Beginners 

February 25th, 17:30; Rooms 4.31 and 4.33, Informatics Forum


Join PrideSoc and the Staff Pride Network in welcoming CodeBar to the University! CodeBar's aim is to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in coding, and this event will feature a short talk on the life of Alan Turing followed by a Coding for Beginners workshop.



'Singing for Joy!': Music, Mental Health and the LGBT+ Community

February 27th, 17:30-19:00; Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building


Join the SPS Community Choir and Edinburgh's Gay Men's Chorus for a special workshop focused on the positive impact that singing can have on individuals and communities. The workshop will be followed by a fun and informal singing workshop featuring both choirs and open to all, regardless of experience or ability!



LGBT History Walking Tour with History Soc

February 27th, 19:30-21:00; starting at the Pear Tree


Join History Soc to explore some of Edinburgh's LGBT history by taking a gentle stroll around the city! They'll be starting at the Pear Tree pub and finishing up at the Three Sisters for their RAG Week fundraiser Time Warp, a night of dancing with hits from the 80s and 90s.



‘Pride’ Screening & Panel on Homophobia and Transphobia in the 80s and the Present

February 28th, 18:00-21:00; Lecture Theatre 1A, Business School


Join PrideSoc and the Staff Pride Network for a screening of hit film 'Pride'! The screening will be followed by a panel focused on experiences of discrimination from the 80s through to the present day, and a discussion about solidarity across our community.