LGBTHM18 – Curzon, Canterbury Film Showing – Special Preview: A Fantastic Woman (20-Feb-18, 18:30)


In support of LGBT History Month, Curzon Cinema, Canterbury has organised a film showing (in fact a special preview!) of A Fantastic Woman.

The showing will be on Tuesday 20 February 2018, 18:30.

The film tells the story of Marina Vidal (played by Daniela Vega), a trans woman, and her experiences of suspicion, doubt and disdain following the death of her partner.

To read more about the film and to book tickets to the screening please use the Curzon Cinema, Canterbury website.

You can also book directly by visiting the box office. You can find the cinema at Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury CT1 2BT.

If the event proves successful, it would be brilliant, as it would put us in a position to host this as an annual event. With that in mind can I please encourage you to attend, to bring a friend and to share/advertise widely! I’ve attached the poster as PDF and as a .jpg for tweeting and the like.

Curzon, Canterbury would also like to host a panel discussion following the film showing. If you have any interest or know of anyone who could participate could you please contact

If you have any questions or problems please do not hesitate to contact the network via


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What is LGBT History Month?

Established in 2005, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month aims to raise awareness and promote LGBT equality.

Throughout the month organisations host seminars, publish posters, post blogs, raise flags and a host of other promotional activity to raise awareness and educate the public on the LGBT community, including their history, their diversity, their culture and experience.

Each year there is a dedicated theme, which provides a focus for activity, in particular for schools to embed LGBT History Month into the curriculum. This year, for example, is Geography – Mapping the World.

You can learn more about LGBT History Month on their website

LGBT History Month and CCCU

CCCq, CCCU’s LGBTQI Staff Network, hosts a range of activities and events, often in close collaboration with University colleagues across the University and in the LGBT community. For example. this includes inviting academics to host seminars related to LGBT History Month. The Bookshop and Library have also hosted fantastic displays marking LGBT History Month (picture below).

You can find out more about our programme for LGBT History Month 2018 on our blog.


LGBT History Month 2018 – Programme of Events

As part of LGBT History Month, the network has organised a programme of events and activities.

As you can see below sets out the details of the key events we’re hosting and we’ll be sure to advertise additional activities and events hosted within the University and beyond!

LGBT Flag Raising

Date & Time: 12:00, Thursday 01-February-18

Location: Augustine House

The flag raising will kick-start our month of activity and will bring the community together to show their support for equality for all. The flag will be flown across the month to show the University’s proud support for LGBT History Month.

Global LGBT Rights in 11 Maps – Lunchtime Seminar

Date & Time: 12:00, Friday 09-February

Location: Lg25, Laud Building (NHR Campus)

Drawing on this year’s theme of ‘Geography – Mapping the World’ we have organised a lunchtime session hosted by Dr Julia Maxted (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography) focusing on the rights of LGBT peoples around the globe.

LGBT History Month Seminar with Stonewall

Date & Time: 12:00, Thursday 15-February

Location: Lg20, Laud Building (NHR Campus)

Pete Mercer, Head of Public Sector Membership Programmes from Stonewall will host an engaging session building on Stonewall’s global work including campaigning for LGBT equality, providing training, advocacy and research.

Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – CPD Workshop

Date & Time: 12:00-14:00, Monday 19-February

Location: GHf05, Governors House (NHR Campus)

Led by Clara Barnes, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, this session is an opportunity for staff to get together to find out how much we do and learn more about gender identity and sexual orientations and explore ways in which we can become more aware. Please book to attend this session via StaffSpace.

Film Screening and post-film discussion – A Different Country

Date & Time: Monday 22-February

Location: CCg16, Cathedral Court (Medway Campus)

John Gilmore (Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing) is hosting a film screening and post-film discussion on our Medway Campus. A Different Country tells the story of the LGBT community in Ireland advocating for the change of laws which made homosexuality illegal in Ireland.

CCCq Network Meal – Lets Celebrate!

Date & Time: Evening of Monday 26-February

Location: Suggestions

The network would like to invite our CCCq members, their friends and loved ones and the wider LGBT community to bring everyone together for a meal to celebrate another successful LGBT History Month!

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‘I want to choose – its more transformative if you get the right person’

This was the overriding statement from a well-attended joint presentation of findings from the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol, Stonewall – national campaigning organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, or Intersex (LGBTQI+) equality, Regard – a national disabled people’s organisation for LGBTQI+ equality and the Social Care Institute of Excellence – a national organisation with a remit to improve the lives of people who use social care, at the end of October 2017 in London.

LGBTQI+ disabled people, self—directed social care support.  The principal investigator for this project was Professor David Abbott.

The focus of self-directed support is a way of people having more choice and control over their social care support. The aims of this study were threefold.  Firstly, to understand more about the little researched experiences of using self-directed social care support by LGBTQI+ disabled people.  Secondly to discover if they are, or could be, supported by adult social care professionals through self-directed social care. Finally, they also aimed to improve social care professionals understanding of and approaches to LGBTQI+ disabled people, so enhancing care experiences.

This research project also aimed at gaining insight from support workers and personal assistants (PA) on ways to successfully support and empower LGBTQI+ disabled people and to overcome challenges or barriers encountered.

The study involved qualitative interviews with 20 LGBTQI+ disabled people; a focus group for PA’s and a survey of 56 LGBTQI+ disabled adults who used self-directed social care in England.

Key findings from the study showed that more often than not, people in the study felt their sexual orientation or gender identity were ignored. Other concerns included coming out to social care staff jeopardising support; difficulties in recruiting and retaining good Pas; difficulties in securing support for social /leisure opportunities, which has led to social isolation; and reactions of other people.

In relation to assessments, it was found that these should emphasise the whole person, and not ignore sexual orientation or gender identity. A common comment related to this not being found on forms, just binary male/female. It was recommended that professional staff should draw upon their training, ethical practice and legal obligations to raise equalities issues confidently and sensitively.

Overall, in both interviews and surveys, people talked about the many benefits and challenges encountered in relation to self-directed social care support.  There is also a need for more targeted support and information for LGBTQI+ disabled people as well as more information for their PAs.

A full range of the research findings and other resources developed by the project can be found on the SCIE website.

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