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Supporting our LGBT community at the University of Reading

LGBT events at Reading

Over the coming weeks we will be holding several special events and training programmes that focus on the unique challenges and experiences faced by the LGBT community: 

Wolfenden Lecture and seminar Thursday 4 May

The inaugural Wolfenden Lecture will be held on Thursday 4 May in the Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley (formerly HumSS), Whiteknights campus. Doors open 6.30 pm. The lecture will explore the theme of LGBT equality and will be hosted by Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall.

A special seminar will take place earlier in the day – in Before and after Wolfenden: LGBTQ+ history and Reading, researchers from the University and Support U will discuss defining moments in LGBT+ history and its connection with Reading. The seminar takes place at Henley Business School, G15, 4pm. 

Stonewall LGBT Role Models Programme 2017

The Stonewall one-day LGBT Role Models programme explores what it means to be an LGBT role model and how they can create an inclusive environment for everyone.

Up to 8 places can be centrally funded by the University over the next 12 months, with the request that the School or Service covers the cost of travel to the event for the participants. Contact Yasmin Ahmed for full details.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2017

Each year, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT) raises awareness of issues around homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. 

We will mark IDOHOBiT with the following events:

Tuesday 9 May, LGBT+ Ally Information session

Members of our LGBT+ Ally network, including Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, will provide advice on promoting better inclusion in the workplace. Takes place at Henley Business School, G11 12 – 1 pm, with lunch provided. Email Sinead O'Flynn to book a place. 

Friday 12 May, Trans Awareness Training

Exploration of the range and variety of people who identify as transgender. Takes place at the Chancellor's Building G03, 2 – 4 pm. Staff can book via Employee Self Service.

Wednesday 17 May, IDAHOBiT celebrations

A rainbow flag will be mounted onto the flagpole between Whiteknights House and the Library in a ceremony hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, RUSU, and LGBT + Network. The ceremony takes place at 1 – 2 pm and all are welcome to attend. 

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