LGBT+ Heritage Briefing and Network event 9th February 2018

The South East Museum Development Programme is working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Classic Boat Museum to offer a special twilight LGBT+ Heritage Projects – Heritage Lottery Fund Briefing and Networking Event.

The event is scheduled to coincide with the launch of the Classic Boat Museum’s new display in its East Cowes Gallery about the extraordinary story of Joe Carstairs, ‘the fastest woman on water.’ The Classic Boat Museum holds a wealth of information about Joe’s time on the Isle of Wight, including trophies, albums, press cutting books and many photographs and has redeveloped its displays about Joe as part of the ‘Hidden Heroes of the Isle of Wight’ partnership project, supported with public funding by Arts Council England.

By taking part in the event, people can:

  • Have a special tour of the Classic Boat Museum Gallery’s new display about Joe Carstairs.
  • Find out about the Heritage Lottery Fund programmes that you can apply for projects that explore, commemorate and share the history of LGBT+ communities and their experiences.
  • Hear some great examples of HLF-funded LGBT+ projects that are already happening.
  • Get an update from HLF on how to access support for funding applications
  • Network with others who are interested in developing LGBT+ history projects.

The event is free of charge and open to all. Full details and booking are here:

LGBT History Month (UPDATE)

Suggestions for LGBT History Month are coming in from Pulse Network colleagues, and we’ll be collaborating with the Student Union on some great activities! Watch this space for more information; the calendar for February 2018 will be released soon and is shaping up with something for everyone.

There’s still time if you have ideas for what you could do for LGBT History Month, so get in touch.

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network Chair

New Year and new opportunities

Happy New Year!

I hope that you’re all recharged after the break and have the best foot forward for 2018. As we’re all probably aware, this year will bring many changes across the University, so it’s important for us to remain focused on how we can help keep our colleagues and communities together.

Your input is needed to shape and deliver what Pulse is about, and an ideal opportunity is coming up in February for LGBT History Month. Plans are in place for the Annual Stonewall Lecture – details to be released shortly for 14th Feb – and this week a meeting is happening with the Student Union to think about what events the Pulse Network can collaborate on.

So the question is, what events or activities could you make happen, or like to see for LGBT History Month?

Please get in touch by the end of this week (cop Friday 12th Jan) with your ideas, so they can be added to a calendar of events and if extra support is needed this can be agreed. You may also have other ideas for events later on this year, so again get in touch. This is our network, and your input is needed to help make it the best it can be.

See you soon,

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network Chair

International Trans Day of Remembrance

Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance. On this day we focus and acknowledge those lost to transphobia, transphobic violence, suicide and hate crimes. There are a couple of events on campus and in Southampton which are free to attend, and open to the public:

Vigil hosted by SUSU LGBTSoc from 6.30pm at The Art House. More details can be found on their website.

Service for Trans Days of Remembrance hosted by UoS Faith and Reflection and SCM Southampton from 8pm, at the Reflection Centre. More details can be found on the event page.


End HIV stigma

End isolation. End stigma. End HIV transmission. World AIDS Day joins the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.

This year in the UK there have been the first significant reductions in HIV diagnoses for gay men in London, thanks to frequent testing, rapid treatment and PrEP. World AIDS Day is about growing this success so that it includes everybody at risk, across the UK.

But our fight is not just about the virus. For the more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, ignorance and discrimination can still limit opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.

The Pulse Network will be supporting World AIDS Day by fundraising, and we have a number of red ribbons available from the National AIDS Trust. We’ll be accepting a minimum donation of £1 for each ribbon, and you’ll be able to pick up a ribbon at the following locations on 1st December:

Boldrewood Campus Reception (B176) during the day

Highfield Campus location TBC, between 12noon to 1pm


Focus on Events/Social Committee rep

The Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network needs a solid foundation to continue doing great work. Last year we agreed the Terms of Reference and it’s vital we fill the Committee roles, to best support each other and the University, in a sustainable way.

We have three roles left on the Committee up for grabs, and this post is about the Events/Social position.

What is the Events/Social position about?

This person will organise regular LGBT+ events for Pulse members and the University, working with the Diversity team to ensure open events appear in the University-wide Diversity calendar. These could happen every few months, and be in collaboration with:

  • Faculties
  • Professional Services teams
  • The Student Union
  • Other local or external bodies and groups

A list of previous events can be found here. For example, the last event we held in September was in collaboration with Irwin Mitchell LLP and Stonewall. We already have a few ideas for next year and can’t wait for you to develop these further. You would get support in this role from the Chair and/or other members of the University, in planning and making events happen.

What is the first task?

To organise the Pulse Christmas Social! The tentative date is 6th December, so I’d like to invite anyone with ideas/suggestions to come forward and turn it into a great evening! There has been mention of karaoke, what other ideas do you have?

How do I put my name forward to be on the Committee?

Send your expressions of interest to James Allen by Friday 3rd November. These will be collated and if there’s more than one, then a network vote will take place.

What if I want to help organise the Christmas Social, but not be on the Pulse Committee?

That’s fine too! Contact James Allen by Friday 3rd November and everyone interested in organising the Pulse Christmas Social will be connected together.

What other roles need to be filled?

We also have spaces for Vice-Chair and Secretary. If you’re interested in finding out more about these then check out the Terms of Reference for an overview and contact James Allen with expressions of interest.

BiVisibility Day 23rd September event

BiVisibility Day (also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day) is taking place on 23rd September. It has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community and engage in conversation.

To celebrate the day, BiWessex are having a drinks and informal quiz night at the Slug and Lettuce in Southampton, on the evening of 23rd. It’s open for people to join and you can find out more on the event Facebook page here: Some of the Pulse network are also members of BiWessex so you may spot a few familiar faces as well as get to meet new people.

If you have other events/socials/conferences coming up that you’d like to share across the network then please get in touch.