The University of Dundee are proud that we celebrated LGBT+ History Month from 1-28 February 2021.
We recognise that there are significant challenges facing the LGBT+ community in academia, and we want to drive that change. With talks and lectures looking at history, science, medicine and more, we want to showcase the breadth of talent amongst our family. February is a chance for us to foreground LGBT+ stories.
We'll also be running social events in collaboration between our students, staff, and DUSA. Come along, listen in, and take part as much as you like. We want to use the opportunity to build new friendships and alliances across the University, and to really listen to what you think. Together, we can make the University a better place.
We have a very active student society and a busy staff and postgraduate network. If you want to find out more, connect with us on social media and check back here as we announce our plans for the month.
Professor Alison Oram, hosted by Professor Perry Willson
Thursday 4 February, 17:00-18:00, Teams Live
How do we see and value everyday queer heritage? How have same-sex intimacies and gender diversity in the past been layered into the places we inhabit today?
Queer heritage has recently become ever more visible as buildings have had their LGBT+ histories rescued. These are increasingly recognised as an important part of the story both for the places and for our wider national heritage.
This lecture will draw on the queer heritage projects that Professor Alison Oram has been involved with. She will look at places that might be ‘queer’ because of their architectural style or thanks to their association with LGBT+ inhabitants or activities.
Find out more and book your free tickets at Eventbrite.
Saturday, 6 February 2021, 19:00
Join us for a night of snacks, good chat and a screening of the LGBT+ film, 'Call Me by Your Name' (2017).
The film is accessible for free through 'Box of Broadcasts', a streaming service accessible by all students and staff at the University of Dundee. It’s also on Netflix. We will be chatting through Microsoft Teams. Everyone is encouraged to arrive for 7pm to get settled in for the evening, and we will be 'clicking' play at 7.15pm.
Saturday, 13 February 2021, 19:00
Join us for another evening of nibbles, banter, and a screening of the LGBT+ film, 'Rafiki' (2018).
Kena and Ziki live very different lives in Nairobi. Kena works in her father's shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and they find themselves drawn to each other. Soon their interest grows to affection and the girls find ways to love each other despite the ever-watching gaze of the neighbourhood.
Thursday 18 February, 13:00-14:00
There is very limited evidence on trans people's access to sexual health services, particularly in the UK. Yet we know that globally, trans women are at higher risk of contracting HIV and are more likely to be diagnosed late. Trans people in the UK are less likely to visit a sexual health clinic than their cis counterparts and are more likely to feel worried, anxious, and embarrassed when doing so.
'There needs to be care throughout' is a peer-led project that builds on the small pool of existing research on trans people’s access to sexual health care and is the first national study of trans people’s experiences of accessing sexual health services in Scotland. The research was a partnership between Waverley Care and Scottish Trans Alliance, combining our respective expertise in sexual health and trans people’s access to health care.
Join Oceana Maund from the Scottish Trans Alliance and Kevin McConville, senior lecturer and researcher at Ninewells, for our Grand Rounds. They will talk about the project, share their results and insights, and look to the future of care for trans people.
Thursday 25th February, 13.00-14.00
Join consultant Dr Katie Hands of the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service introduced by Dr Kevin McConville of the University of Dundee. Dr Hands will be looking at the changes that will be happening in the service in summer 2021.
Since the 1980s and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, gay men’s blood has been treated differently. For many decades, countries around the world banned men who have sex with men from donating for life. This brought up a huge range of issues and challenges. In the UK, it took until 2011 for these restrictions to begin being lifted. In 2020, Scotland took the lead in the UK, announcing individual risk assessments rather than dealing with whole demographic groups as a monolith.
What does this mean for the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service? And is this an issue that only affects gay men, or does it extend to other members of the LGBT+ community? Join Katie Hands and Kevin McConville who will discuss these questions and more at what is sure to be a fascinating talk.
Book your free ticket at Eventbrite.
Purple Friday, 26 February, 19.30-21.00
What is the body’s best organ? Is “Ironic” better than “You Oughta Know”? How many ropes do you need to go cruising? These subjects and many more have formed the basis of the PowerPoint Party, and we’re thrilled to host one for LGBT+ History Month alongside LGBT Youth Scotland.
The idea is simple: participants have 3 minutes to present on anything they like, using slides and pictures to illustrate their talk. Do you have a theory to prove? A pet whose antics need to be shared? A rant you need to shout about? If so, then sign up!
On the evening, wear your favourite purple item to support LGBT Youth Scotland’s Purple Friday and join us online. There’ll be plenty of time for breaks, drink top-ups, and heated debate. We guarantee you’ll learn things you never expected!
Sign up to present here – slots are limited, so do sign up early if you’re keen!