LGBT+ History Month 2024

AHEP proudly supports and celebrates the LGBT+ community.

We celebrate and value the diversity of our higher education community and recognise the unique contribution that every individual brings. We are committed to actively championing an inclusive professional culture, where equality and diversity is promoted and valued, and the rights and dignity of all are respected.

February is LGBT+ History Month, and this year, the theme is ‘Medicine – #UnderTheScope‘. The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today. LGBT+ History Month is an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in higher education and how we can renew our actions to create an equitable higher education experience for everyone.

On this webpage, you can learn more about the LGBT+ equality movement by exploring our links to resources and national events throughout the year. We want to celebrate the diversity of our membership and beyond so if you would like to share your story as an LGBT+ professional in HE, email us at:!

This Glossary of LGBT+ Terms will help you to learn more about the LGBT+ acronym and more.


Queer Talk: This podcast is full of inspiring and uplifting stories from the LGBT+ world, hosts Mufseen and Spencer bring you interviews, anecdotes and conversations in one of Britain’s leading LGBT podcasts.

Like Minded Friends: Hosted by comedians Suzi Ruffle and Tom Allen, this cheerful podcast promises to keep you entertained while covering life, love and everything in between!

Black and Gay, Back in the Day: Focusing on life in the UK for black LGBT+ individuals, this podcast provides an eye opening view of topics such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexual discrimination between the 1970s – early 2000s.


Stonewall – Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBT+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

Terrence Higgins Trust – This charity is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – This is a worldwide federation of more than 1,700 organisations from over 160 countries and territories campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.

Arts and Culture

Interrupt Queerfest Norwich Art Exhibition 24: This art exhibition aims to highlight and validate those in marginalised demographics, with the aim of inspiring and supporting new queer artists in their practice.

ONLINE ATTENDANCE: LGBT+ History Month: Under the Scope: This free online event from the University of Chester looks at the LGBT+ community’s stories of receiving healthcare, from patients and healthcare professionals who express some of the inequalities that still remain today.

LGBTQ+ History Month: Past, Present and Future of HIV in the UK: In keeping with the theme of ‘Medicine – #UnderTheScope‘, this event, organised by the University of Bradford’s LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, covers how medical advancements have changed the lives of those with HIV, including tales of medical struggles but importantly, medical triumph!

Did you know? There are over 20 different Pride flags? Each rainbow flags mean something special, and you can find out more about them in this video on the BBC website

Did you know? 2024 sees the 100th anniversary of one of the first gay rights movements was launched?

Find out more. Here are some key events for your diary to celebrate LGBT+ life and culture:

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