LGBT+ History Month 2022

LGBT+ History Month takes place every February, and aims to raise awareness of the LGBT+ community’s history, lives and experiences in education, culture and society

The theme for 2022 is Politics in Art: ‘The Arc is Long, inspired by a Martin Luther King quote: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ The quote is thought to mean that though it may take time, we are curving towards social justice and fairness.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can get involved this year, both at York St John and in the wider community.

In conversation with Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown | 6pm | Thursday 17 February

Hosted by York St John University

Join Revd. Jarel Robinson-Brown and Professor Esther McIntosh as they explore the themes in Jarel’s book “Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer: The Church and the Famine of Grace”. 

The Naked Civil Servant – Special Screening | 7pm | Friday 18 February

Hosted by Film at the Folk Hall

The BAFTA winning biopic of LGBT icon Quentin Crisp is brought to the beautiful New Earswick Folk Hall with funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Log Books: We are family | 3:30pm | Wednesday 23 February

Hosted by the University of York

In this talk, Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, the producers of The Log Books podcast, will share stories from the archive at Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline, and dozens of interviews.

Escaping persecution – LGBT+ stories of asylum, past and present | 6:30pm | Wednesday 23 February

Hosted by the University of York with Time to be Out

Time to be Out is a York-based charity which works with LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees to support them on their way to living freely. This talk will focus on some of the barriers faced and overcome in these stories, and how we can all make a difference.

Anne Lister in York Walking Tour | various dates and times

The Life of Anne Lister was recently dramatised in the television series Gentleman Jack. Join this two hour guided walking tour, exploring the streets of York where she lived, loved, partied and shopped!

More LGBT+ History Month

And lastly, go to for more information on the wide range of events taking place nationally as part of LGBT+ History Month.

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