The uniformity of instruction you probably received in school concealed the important truth that everyone learns differently and that you need to experiment, try new ways of working, and decide there and then whether they feel good or bad or if you are unsure. There are now many tools that can help you learn in new and creative ways and library staff can provide specific support for anyone who has difficulty engaging with text-based resources to learn more easily.

Each February we remember the troubled and fraught history of sexually diverse people and the ongoing struggle for equality and justice worldwide for all those who are not exclusively attracted sexually to members of the opposite sex and/or who do …

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This Friday (22 October 2021) is Wear Red Day – a show of solidarity and force against racism and a celebration of Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC), the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity, established in 1996 thanks in part …

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On 28 June 1969, police raided a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York. Not an unsurprising event – it was still illegal for men to dance together in a nightclub, let alone have consensual sexual relationships, and “masquerading” as …

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Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.* Created in 2004, IDAHOBIT aims to draw attention each 17 May to the ongoing violence and discrimination facing homosexual, bisexual, trans and other sexually and gender diverse individuals who are …

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Monday 31 March was Trans Awareness Day. It celebrates the existence, resilience and success of the trans and gender non-conforming community and aims to raise awareness of trans rights, or more often their absence, around the world.  We also all need …

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I would like to round out this LGBTQ+ History Month blog post series examining equality and discrimination by reviewing some of the traps that lurk in the pursuit of equality and dignity for all people. Much deliberate discrimination is disguised …

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Following on from the white privilege and heterosexual privilege questionnaires in my last LGBTQ+ History Month blog post (find them here if you haven’t taken them yet – they are really quick and I promise you will find the results …

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Stream new release film Monsoon (12A rated) for free this weekend as part of the ongoing online LGBTQ+ Film Festival. Streaming starts from 7 pm tomorrow night but you can watch the film at any time in the next 72 …

Grab your popcorn and settle in for a free film this weekend! Read more »