Hi, I’m Alex, a final year Management & Modern Languages student and the President of King's LGBTQ+ Society.
It’s February, which means it’s LGBTQ+ History Month – a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, our history and achievements. It’s important to acknowledge our collective past to help us understand our present and look to the future of LGBTQ+ equality. This year’s theme is #UnderTheScope, providing an opportunity to discover LGBTQ+ history in medicine.
There’s a lot of interesting events happening at King’s and around London, so I thought I would share with you how I plan to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month.
There are loads of cool things happening on campus this February.
Science Gallery London – 404 Papers Not Found
Across LGBTQ+ History Month and Women’s history month in March, Science Gallery London is collaborating with the KCL LGBTQ+ society and KCL Womxn in Bioscience to raise awareness of the experience of marginalised genders in healthcare.
Over the past couple of months, they have been working with GRRRL Zine Fair, a feminist zine organisation, to represent these experiences through zines and pieces of art.
On Wednesday 21 February, Science Gallery London is hosting a launch event for 404 Papers Not Found where you can meet the creators at Grrrl Zine Fair and make your own pronoun badge.
Explore the collaboration in the Science Gallery’s ‘Takeover Space’ until Wednesday 6 April.
LGBTQ+ Society events
As the President, I have to use this as an opportunity to plug LGBTQ+ Society’s events!
We’re organising loads of activities from a visit to Gay’s the Word, the UK’s oldest LGBTQ+ bookshop, to a talk on LGBTQ+ identities in the ancient world. Come along to any of our events in February to connect with other LGBTQ+ students and allies and learn more about our culture.
Find out what the KCL LGBTQ+ society is up to through our Instagram @kclgbt.
KCLSU LGBTQ+ History Month events
KCLSU is hosting crafting workshops throughout the month. If, like me, you’ve dreamed of knowing how to crochet for years, they will be right up your street!
Head over to Bush House on Thursday 15 February to crochet your own pride flag.
The beauty of London is that there’s always something interesting to do and LGBTQ+ history month is no different!
‘That which never can be suppressed’: LGBTQ+ history in the RCP collections | RCP Museum
The Royal College of Physicians have collections that span 350 years of LGBTQ+ history. On Wednesday 21 February, they’re holding an online event to explore LGBTQ+ stories through these archives.
I think this event will be a great way to learn about the lives of LGBTQ+ physicians, their contributions to healthcare as well as past attitudes towards LGBTQ+ identities in the medical field.
Queer Britain and their upcoming Trans+ Healthcare event
Queer Britain, the UK’s first museum about LGBTQ+ history, is celebrating this year’s theme of medicine with a panel event on Trans+ Healthcare on Sunday 25 February. There will be speakers and providers at the forefront of Trans+ healthcare.
Whilst I’m not a medical student, although I have learnt a lot from my medic flat mates this year, I think this event will be fascinating. As a non-binary person, I’ve had firsthand experience with the difficulties trans+ people face in healthcare. Hearing how healthcare providers are tackling these issues will be eye-opening.
This is a paid event.