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 Upcoming events

Every Sunday  

Weekly from Sunday 28 October

11:00 - 12:00

University of Reading

Whiteknights Campus

 

Football for all: Diversity Football Sessions

Looking to play football in an inclusion, relaxed and fun environment?

Whatever your sexual orientation, gender identity, race, culture or religion our Just Play sessions are For All.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced player dusting off your trusty boots, our Just play sessions are social and recreational and delivered by friendly, local, qualified coaches.

Cost: £3.50 per person per week

Age: Over 16's

Contact: Development@Berks-BucksFA.com

February 2019    

Throughout February

 

LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month and we will be flying the rainbow LGBT+ flag on the main Whiteknights flagpole through February. 

You can show your support individually with one of our LGBT+/LGBT+ Ally postcards or lanyards, which can be picked up from any of our main receptions in RUSU, Whiteknights House, Henley Business School (Whiteknights and Greenlands), Palmer Building, London Road, and over in Earley Gate (Psychology, Meteorology, Art, and Typography).

Please read on to find out more about the interesting and varied range of events arranged by staff, students and from our LGBT+ Staff network during LGBT+ History Month .

Tuesday 5th February

Chinese New Year

This coming Chinese New Year is on Tuesday 05 February. 2019 is the year of the Pig.

Throughout February there are a number of events across the University to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Learn more about Chinese New Year events here.

Read more about Chinese New Year over on  #Diverse Reading

Wednesday 6 February

17:00

Room 108, Henley Business School

University of Reading

Whiteknights Campus

Jessica Lynn's Transgender Journey

In recent years, Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador, Jessica Lynn, has become well-known for her activism on behalf of the transgender community. Her experience, exuberance, and extraordinary life produce a presentation that has put her on over 700 stages in 22 different countries. After a prejudiced Texas judge stripped her of all parental rights to her youngest son, Ms. Lynn dedicated her life to combating the intolerance and ignorance of the public toward peoples who share her plight. Addressing audiences unabashedly and answering any-and-all questions has earned Ms. Lynn worldwide renown, the prestige of a Stonewall School Role Model, and a position advising the medical community by request of the National Health Service England.

This event is free, but registration is required.  

Register for Jessica Lynn's Transgender Journey here

Monday 11 February

16:30 - 18:00

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF

Offences against the person? Discovering hidden LGB histories in Berkshire court archives

As part of LGBT History Month, join us to hear University of Reading students Amy Hitchings and George Stokes discuss the findings of their summer 2018 UROP research. Learn about some previously forgotten lives, see some of the documents Victorian sand Edwardians used for research and enjoy tea and cake.

Exhibition and refreshments from 16:30pm, discussion from 17:00.

Admission is free.  To book email arch@reading.gov.uk.

Wednesday 13 February

13:00 - 14:30

G01, L22 London Road

Becoming a UoR LGBT+ Ally: Information and Recruitment Session

For all staff and students.

This is a recruitment event for our new LGBT+ Allies Programme, hosted by the RUSU Diversity Officer and the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and led by LGBT+ staff, students and allies.

The event will focus on: 

Are LGBT+ allies needed for UoR staff and students?

What is an ally?

What do we want allies to do?

Q&A.

The session will be followed by a networking lunch.

Staff members can book a place via ESS.

Students can email Sinead O'Flynn to book a place.

Thursday 14 February

10:00 - 12:00

Room 128, Edith Morley, Whiteknights   

Transgender Awareness Training  

For all staff and students.

The Transgender Spectrum is complex. This session looks at the range and variety of people who identify in one way or another as Transgender. An important aspect of this is to realise that there are many misconceptions that come from media coverage of trans people.

The variables of gender, sexuality and other aspects are explored and explained, including: What it is like to be Trans; Coming Out; Being Trans in Public; Being Trans at work; How do staff react to trans people? The session includes time for discussion, questions and answers.

Staff members can book a place via ESS.

Students can email Sinead O'Flynn to book a place.

March 2019  

Tuesday 12 March

19:30 (doors 19:00)

Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley

Edith Morley Lecture: in conversation with Laura Bates

Join us for our annual Edith Morley lecture, an 'In Conversation...' style event with guest Laura Bates. Laura is author of the 'Everyday Sexism' and the Sunday Times bestseller 'Girl Up'.

Named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Sunday Times Magazine, Laura is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. In just under 7 years the project has amassed over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality worldwide and expanded to branches in 25 countries. Laura regularly writes for the New York Times, Guardian, TIME magazine and in 2015 won a British Press Award.

Laura is also a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.

Admission free. Booking advisable.

Register to attend

Wednesday 13 March

15:30

Room G25, Edith Morley

‘Moments of Identification’: LGBTQ+ History and Heritage

Professor Richard Parkinson, University of Oxford

Professor Parkinson’s lecture will illustrate the gradual evolution of an LGBT history project at the British Museum in a variety of formats, including A Little Gay History (2013) and subsequent exhibitions and trails. It will question how LGBT histories are best displayed - as temporary interventions or as integrated parts of permanent displays - and consider the role of an ancient historian in shaping and presenting this heritage.

Richard Bruce Parkinson is a British academic. He is currently Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He was previously a curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum. His main area of research in the interpretation and performance of Ancient Egyptian poetry of the classic period.

As well as academic monographs and articles, he has written popular books on Egyptology. Drawing on his work on the 'subaltern' aspects of ancient literature, he has published on LGBTQ+ history across world cultures, including A Little Gay History (2013), dedicated to his husband. He recently acted as consultant to No Offence: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories, The British Museum's touring exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, which ran until December 2018.

This lecture is free and registration is not required.

All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 15 May

13:00 - 14:30

Van Emden LT, Edith Morley, Whiteknights 

Becoming a UoR LGBT+ Ally: Information and Recruitment Session 

For all staff and students.

This is a recruitment event for our new LGBT+ Allies Programme, hosted by the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and led by LGBT+ staff, students and allies.

The event will focus on: 

Are LGBT+ allies needed for UoR staff and students?

What is an ally?

What do we want allies to do?

Q&A.

The session will be followed by a networking lunch.

 Staff members can book a place via ESS.

Students can email Sinead O'Flynn to book a place.

 Thursday 16 May

10:00 - 12:00

Carrington 101, Whiteknights

Transgender Awareness Training

For all staff and students.

The Transgender Spectrum is complex. This session looks at the range and variety of people who identify in one way or another as Transgender. An important aspect of this is to realise that there are many misconceptions that come from media coverage of trans people.

The variables of gender, sexuality and other aspects are explored and explained, including: What it is like to be Trans; Coming Out; Being Trans in Public; Being Trans at work; How do staff react to trans people? The session includes time for discussion, questions and answers.

Staff members can book a place via ESS.

Students can email Sinead O'Flynn to book a place.

NEWS

University of Reading Becomes Top 100 LGBT+ Employer

University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2019, moving into the group of Stonewall's Top 100 Employers for the first time, placed 80 out of the 445 employers submitting for assessment in this year’s index, with a score of 115 out of 200, moving up from a 2018 ranking of 138 (out of 434) and a score last year of 98.

Read full article >>>

Same-sex married couples

Dr Alina Tryfonidou (Law), Co-chair of the University of Reading LGBT Plus Network has written for the Conversation and the #DiverseReading blog following a judgement by the European Court of Justice in the Coman case, which has granted homosexual spouses the same rights of free movement in the EU as heterosexual couples in countries that don’t recognise same-sex marriage.

University achieves highest ever Stonewall ranking

The University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2018.

In rankings announced to mark the start of LGBT History Month, we were placed 138 out of the 434 employers that entered this year's index.

Read full article >>> 

University's new Pro-Vice-Chancellors appointed as a job-share

Professors Parveen Yaqoob and Dominik Zaum have been appointed, in a job-share arrangement, as the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Innovation.

Read full article >>>

Diversity diary

 January 2019  
 1 January New Year's Day (UK Public Holiday)
 6 January Epiphany (Western; Christian Religious Holidays)
 7 January Christmas Day (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
19 January Epiphany (Eastern; Christian Religious Holidays)
21 January Tu BeShevat (Jewish Religious Holiday)
26 January Republic Day (India) 
27 January Holocaust Memorial Day 
February 2019  
 February 2019  LGBT History Month UK
 4 February  Chinese New Year's Eve
 5 - 7 February  Chinese New Year
19 February    Purim Katan (Jewish Religious Holiday)
March 2019  
6 March   Ash Wednesday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday) 
8  March International Women's Day
20 March   Taanit Ester  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
21 March   Purim  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
22 March   Shushan Purim  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
April 2019  
2 April   Lailat al-Ma'raj (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
14 April   Palm Sunday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
19 April Good Friday (Western; Christian Religious Holiday, UK Public Holiday)  
 19 April Erev Pesach  (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
19 April Lailat al-Baraat (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)
20 April   Pesach (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
20 April Lailat al-Baraat (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
21 April Easter Day (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
21 April   Palm Sunday (Eastern;  Christian Religious Holiday)  
21 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (1st Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday) 
 21 April Pesach Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
22 April   Easter Monday (UK Public Holiday)
22 April Hol HaMoed Pesach (1st Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
22 April  Hol HaMoed Pesach (2nd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 April Hol HaMoed Pesach (2nd Day-outside Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 April Hol HaMoed Pesach (3rd Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
24 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (3rd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
24 April    Hol HaMoed Pesach (4th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
25 April   Hol HaMoed Pesach (4th Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
25 April Hol HaMoed Pesach (5th Day-Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
26 April   Good Friday (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
26 April   Shvii of Pesach (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
27 April   Isru Hag Pesach (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
27 April Pesach Yom Tov Ha'aharon (outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
28 April   Easter Day (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
 May 2019  
5 May Start of Ramadan (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
6 May   May Day (UK Public Holiday)  
17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
23 May   Lag BaOmer (Jewish Religious Holiday)
23 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
25 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
27 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
27 May   Spring Bank Holiday  (UK Public Holiday)  
29 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday) 
30 May   Ascension (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)
31 May   Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)
June 2019  
 2 June Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holiday)  
 4 June Eid al Fitr  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
 6 June Ascension (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)
 8 June Erev Shavout (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 9 June Shavout (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 9 June Whit Sunday (Christian Religious Holiday)
10 June Isru Hag Shavuot (Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
10 June Shavuot Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel)  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
July 2019
18 July   Fast of 17th Tamuz (Jewish Religious Holiday)
August 2019  
10 August Arafat (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
11 August Eid al Adha  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
11 August Tisha BeAv (Jewish Religious Holiday)
15 August Assumption (Western; Christian Religious Holiday)  
15 August Independence Day (India)  
19 August   Eid al-Ghadeer (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holiday)
22 August Assumption (Eastern; Christian Religious Holiday)   
26 August   Late Summer Holiday (UK Public Holiday)
31 August   Hijri New Year  (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
31 August    National Day (Malaysia)
September 2019  
 9 September  Ashoora (Islamic (Sunni and Shia) Religious Holiday)
16 September    Malaysia Day (Malaysia)
29 September Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish Religious Holiday)
30 September   Rosh Hashanah (1st day) (Jewish Religious Holiday)
October 2019  
October 2019 Black History Month UK
1 - 3 October   National Day (China)
1 October   Rosh Hashanah (2nd day) (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 2 October Fast of Gdalia  (Jewish Religious Holiday)  
 8 October Erev Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
 9 October Yom Kippur (Jewish Religious Holiday)
10 October World Mental Health Day
13 October Erev Sukkot  (Jewish Religious Holiday)
14 October  Sukkot (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holiday)

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