February is LGBT History Month in the UK and this year, the theme is ‘sport’. SPECTRUM, LSE’s LGBT Staff Network has planned some exciting events for this month. Please see below for details.
Louganis chronicles his winning of back-to-back double gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics and 1988 Summer Olympics, and his self-doubt and lack of confidence that held him back personally and professionally because of concealing his sexual orientation as a gay athlete. This is about him coming out as an HIV-positive gay man.
Training Rules examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, collude in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes. It focuses on the women’s basketball program at Pennsylvania State University under head coach Rene Portland and her policy of discrimination on her players based on their sexual orientation over a 30-year period as coach of the university’s basketball programme, particularly from the 1980s to the late 1990s.
A similar format to last year’s successful pub quiz event. This year, there’ll be questions on Sport as well as other aspects of LGBT History. Booking is required for this event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance so that we know exact numbers for catering. Places are limited to 40. You won’t need to book to attend as part of a team (we can make up teams on the night), but team bookings are also fine if you’d like to come with a group of colleagues.
Out in the Archives – a hands-on session examining historical sources in the Hall-Carpenter Archives. Booking is required for this event. Please email email@example.com to confirm attendance, as places are limited to 20.