Engaging the LGBT+ community in public service leadership
Pride Month resources
To celebrate Pride Month 2023, we have collated some recommended resources for you to explore, including things to read, listen to and watch. We hope these support your personal study and understanding, and will help you to become an ally.
Further reading and media
UK LGBT+ History Month website
Explore this year’s national campaign and resources.
Mental health statistics: LGBTIQ+ people
The Mental Health Foundation details some interesting statistics about LGBTIQ+ people.
Herts Memories - LGBTQ+ History Month 2021 archive
A local archive of events and resources from LGBTQ+ History Month 2021 in Herts.
The National Autistic Society explores this intersectionality.
Autistic, Gender, & Sexual Diversity
Resources on the intersection between gender, sexual diversity, and neurodiversity.
BBC Sport's 2021 LGBT+ History Month celebration
Celebrating the achievements of LGBT+ athletes, and their impact beyond sport.
BBC Sport: Six LGBT+ sportspeople you should know more about
Six lesser-known LGBT+ sportspeople who made history in their respective sports.
Resources from mental health charity Student Minds
A range of resources on topics such as coming out and transitioning.
Education charity aimed at making schools safe and inclusive for the LGBT+ community
Information from charity Mind about mental health support for people who are
Film, TV and videos
The Importance of Normalising Queer Love
Ted Talk exploring the importance of normalizing queer love in public spaces.
A message from our University Chaplain in 2021
Watch the LGBT+ collection on Netflix
This includes Disclosure, The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, Boys in the Band and fan favourites such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Atypical and Schitt’s Creek.
Amazon Prime has a range of classic LGBT+ films
These include Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Milk, Pride, Moonlight, The Danish Girl and Blue is the Warmest Colour and many more.
A show which follows a group of LGBT+ characters during the 1980s AIDs crisis.
A look at life for young trans and non-binary people at the start of the 2020s.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness brings a weekly exploration of queerdom in this interview-based podcast.
This podcast hosted by Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney describes itself as ‘Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour’ but for an LGBT+ audience.
LinkedIn Learning courses
All staff and students at Herts have access to LinkedIn Learning. Activate your free account from a laptop or PC today, by entering your username and password.
You can choose to watch a selection of videos and if you complete a whole course, you can gain a certificate to add to your professional portfolio and show as evidence of your learning.
Suggested courses to take part in during LGBT+ History Month are:
Out and Proud: Approaching LGBT Issues in the Workplace
About the talk
This collaborative event was held in conjunction with Hertfordshire Constabulary and City of London Police.
Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL, the first openly homosexual Lord Mayor of Manchester and now an advocate for inclusion and equality delivered a thought-provoking keynote speech.
This was followed by a panel discussion where Carl was joined by Inspector Steven Alison from Hertfordshire Constabulary, who was pivotal in making Hertfordshire Constabulary one of the first police services to offer gender neutral uniforms; and Temporary Commander Clinton Blackburn from City of London Police, who Co-chairs the National Police LGBT+ Network.
The event was chaired by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Matthew Weait.
Lawyers that make a difference: fighting for LGBT Rights
About the talk
There have been huge advances for LGBT equality in the UK over the last 20 years, with the advent of civil partnerships in 2004, and more recently same-sex marriage. But change has been painfully slow. Section 28, which prevented schools from talking positively about homosexuality, was only repealed in 2003. In the same year LGBT people finally received protection against discrimination in the workplace.
This event celebrates lawyers who have played a significant role in advancing LGBT rights through some of the landmark court cases of the last few years. Gain a valuable insight into the stories behind the headlines as we speak to the barristers involved.
We learn about the case of a bakery in Northern Ireland who refused to ice 'Support Gay Marriage' on a cake. The bakery, owned by evangelical Christians, argued that it was against their religious beliefs and declined the order. The case raised interesting legal arguments around the conflict of sexual freedom and religious freedom. Robin Allen QC offers a valuable insight into this high profiled case, which has journeyed through the courts and is currently awaiting to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights.
We also hear from Raza Husain QC who successfully argued that his Iranian client should be granted refugee status. Asylum was originally refused on the basis that his client could be reasonably expected to conceal his sexual identity in order to avoid persecution in his home country. The landmark decision legally recognised that a gay person is entitled to live freely and openly, in the same way that a straight person can.
Join all our speakers, as together we discuss the importance of bringing discrimination cases to court.
About the speakers
Paul Staddon had a successful career at the Bar spanning over 30 years before retiring last year. Paul acted for the tenant in the case of Godin Mendoza v Ghaidan  2AC 557. In this case, he successfully argued that the gay partner of a deceased statutory tenant should be treated as if he were the spouse of the deceased, thereby giving him the right to inherit the statutory tenancy in accordance with the Human Rights Act. This case remains the leading authority on the ambit of section 3 of the Human Rights Act. Read Paul's CV to find out more.
Catherine Casserley is a barrister at Cloisters Chambers. She specialises in discrimination and equality, employment and human rights law and in both private and public law. She appeared in Preddy and Hall v Bull and Bull where she successfully represented a gay couple who were prevented from occupying a double hotel room by its owners. This was the first case of its kind, which reached it's successful conclusion in the Supreme Court. She also represented the claimant in the first case of non employment harassment (taken as a direct discrimination case) on the basis of sexual orientation. She has represented a number of transgender cases, including against a major restaurant chain. Read Catherine's CV to find out more.
Robin Allen QC is a leading equality law barrister based at Cloisters Chambers, having twice been Chambers and Partners' Employment Law QC of the Year. Robin has given evidence to Parliamentary Committees on the technical aspects of proposed legislation such as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and on behalf of the Bar Council. He advised the European Commission on the content of the first two key equality Directives. He represented Mr Lee in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and others, and is instructed to do so again when the case goes to the European Court of Human Rights. He also represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the Preddy and Hall hotel case. Read Robin's CV to find out more.
Raza Husain QC is a leading public law barrister based at Matrix Chambers, specialising in immigration and human rights. He successfully appeared as advocate in the Supreme Court in HJ Iran, where the Supreme Court reversed a line of Court of Appeal authority. It was decided that asylum should not be refused to a refugee on the basis that it could be considered reasonably tolerable that the asylum-seeker would have to hide their true sexuality on return to their home country in order to avoid persecution. Read Raza's CV to find out more.
Lest we forget: AIDS, COVID-19 and the politics of memory
About the talk
We invite you to join us as we question how the AIDS epidemic and its aftermath can help us think about a post-COVID future.
Jaime García-Iglesias, Dr Maurice Nagington and Dr Shivani Sharma examine how the current discourse about COVID-19 remembers (or ignores) HIV/AIDS as an antecedent.
Using a variety of materials, from qualitative research to art pieces by Critchley and commentary by queer philosopher Preciado and historian Sarah Schulman, we look at the political implications of remembering and complex questions such as: How is memory political? Whose lives matter and are remembered and whose don’t?
LGBTQ+ Support Connections Fair
This webinar brings together groups from across Hertfordshire, who offer support and guidance for our LGBTQ+ community. These include: the University of Hertfordshire LGBTQ+ Staff Network, Red Kite Rape and Sexual Abuse Service, Hertfordshire Pride and Ask for Clive, the University of Hertfordshire LGBT+ Law Clinic, Herts Mind Network and the LGBT+ Student Society at The University of Hertfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire Students' Union. Find out what support is available across the county, how to obtain it and how to get involved with the initiatives.
About the talk
This workshop was designed by the LGBT+ Society to help the wider community learn about why pronouns are important, particularly to trans and non-binary people. This workshop will make you feel more comfortable with how/when/whether to ask someone their pronouns, and what to do if you make a mistake.
Time To Change - A guest talk from Dame Inga Beale
About the talk
Breaking through several glass ceilings and addressing taboo topics, Dame Beale talks from experience about how to build an environment where people from all walks of life feel valued and respected. Driven by her desire to empower women and the LGBT+ community in business, she shares the lessons she's learned along the way. This thought provoking talk will explore how we can all be part of the change for a more equal society.
About the speaker
Dame Inga Beale is a British businesswoman with 38 years of experience in global financial services. She is also a speaker and role model for driving the inclusion agenda. Her Damehood was awarded in 2017 for her services to the UK economy during her 5-year tenure as CEO of Lloyd's of London.