Research network launched for LGBT History Month

EQUALITY: The University of Salford is launching a Queer research network as part of LGBT History Month

THE UNIVERSITY of  Salford is launching a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender research network.

This network will aim to tie together the wide range of LGBT activities already taking place in the North West.

It is being created as part of of the LGBT History Month, which takes place in February every year, and colleagues are invited to join.

The university is hosting a launch event for the network and to celebrate LGBT History Month, which is the first of its kind in the region and takes place at Peel Hall on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 7pm.

“The idea is for the network to run across the region,” Steve Pugh, co-ordinator, “This means that, as well as encouraging Salford colleagues to join up, we would like to hear from colleagues if they have contacts based elsewhere in the region who might wish to join too.

“We also welcome suggestions of any pre-existing networks we could link in with.”

The network will add to the significant LGBT research activities and opportunities which already exist in the North West.

Not purely serving academic purposes, the network is proposing to be a forum where LGBT and Queer researchers can work with each other as well as a range of user and community groups.

“We want to hold meetings at various points in the year to bring academics, users and practitioners together to share ideas and develop projects,” Mr Pugh added.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has already pledged its support and active engagement in the network.

The launch event will also feature a speech from feminist historian Professor Sheila Rowbotham, an exhibition and a buffet.

“As a university we are committed to supporting our LGBT colleagues and students. And given our commitment and promise of continued support it is fitting that our university is hosting this important event – at a time when we are seeing a rising level of homophobia in schools and colleges,” vice-chancellor Professor Martin Hall, event host.

For inclusion in the showcase presentation, researchers should send a short abstract about their work and any images or media that could be used to represent it to b.light@salford.ac.uk or s.e.pugh@salford.ac.uk

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