February marked LGBT History Month, and Long Road staff and students celebrated in rainbow style with a range of activities taking place throughout the month!
Rainbow Day 🌈
Kicking off our celebrations with Rainbow Day on 1st February, staff and students brightened up a cold and frosty winters morning by wearing rainbow clothes and accessories. Throughout the day the Long Road Pride Club encouraged fellow staff and students to sign the No Bystanders Pledge and buy rainbow laces, with all proceeds donated to The Kite Trust. You can click below to find out more or click here to see all our Rainbow Day outfits!
Bridging Binaries tours
On the 12th February, we invited students to come along to the Bridging Binaries LGBT+ tours of the Zoology and Fitzwilliam museums in Cambridge! The pilot Bridging Binaries tours were organised by Cambridge Museums. Each 45-minute tour is run by a volunteer and explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life and history. Cornelia and Becky took us around the Fitzwilliam and Museum of Zoology showing us their favourite objects and telling us all about their research into these objects and the fascinating people connected to them.
Long Road Alumni Chris Stening talk
After taking our students to explore LGBT History in the world around us, the following day we invited Long Road Alumni Chris Stening into college to tell us about his experiences with an LGBT identity. Chris is a former Long Road student who has come to Long Road for History Month the last few years to share his experience of coming out and his successful life in the telecoms industry – he was recognised in the Top 100 Outstanding Leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the Financial Times! Chris is also very active in the promotion of LGBT+ issues within business and he is a trustee of The Kite Trust.
Queer Sexual Health
After a relaxing half-term break we continued our celebrations with a workshop on Queer Sexual Health from The Kite Trust. The teaching of sexual health in schools rarely covers the information that young LGBT+ people need and they can easily feel excluded. Jess Borthwick from The Kite Trust comes into college every year for History Month. The session uses inclusive language and explores sexual health for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. It is a fun and informative sessions where questions and discussion are encouraged. A great student and staff turn out meant that insightful discussions could be had in a safe and joyful environment – we never knew learning about sexual health could be so fun!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Chris, Jess and everyone at The Kite Trust for their involvement in our LGBT History Month 2019 activities – we can’t wait for your next visit!