New stock of staff rainbow lanyards for LGBT History Month 2019

With demand outstripping supply, more University branded rainbow staff lanyards have now arrived  – ahead of LGBT History Month 2019.

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) History Month takes place around the world every February. It celebrates the lives, achievements and promotes awareness of the LGBT Community.

As part of the celebrations the University, supported by the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and LGBT+ Student Society, is proud to be supporting a range of events throughout the month (see details below).

Staff can also show their support by wearing rainbow lanyards. The Equality and Diversity Team initially ordered 200 lanyards, but demand was so high that the entire stock was gone within two weeks.

Dave Small, Equality and Diversity Manager, said: “We’re very grateful that so many colleagues wanted to show their support for LGBTQ+ equality and promote diversity across the University. Wearing the lanyards is a visible sign to staff and students that we celebrate diversity, inclusion dignity & respect at Portsmouth.”

In the run up to LGBT History Month we are also asking staff to tweet a photo of them wearing the lanyard and/or post a message letting us know why you are happy to support the campaign using the hashtag #WearTheRainbowUoP. If you are not on Twitter but still want to get involved please send your message and/or photo to and the Equality and Diversity Team will tweet it for you.

If you would like a lanyard and were not already on our waiting list please, send a tweet to @uopequality or email

LGBT History Month Events

LGBT History Month Film Festival (Free for UoP Staff and Students)

The University celebrates LGBT History Month with films and talks on the theme of Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.

In collaboration with the Portsmouth Film Society, we present the 5th Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival with a lineup including ‘Postcards from London’, ‘Anchor and Hope’ and ‘A Moment in the Reeds’. All the films are free to staff and students and will be screened in Eldon Building. Click on the festival programme for more details and to book your tickets.

First Floor Eldon Building Art Display

Ashleigh Beames, second year illustration student at UoP has selected 8 icons of the LGBT+ movement to create a series of posters spanning 8 decades to celebrate their achievements and to inform the public of the successes within the community – in particular, individuals that are less known. Ashleigh said:  “Through my art I want to inspire and uplift the community by highlighting past achievements in the LGBT+ timeline.”

Eldon Building lights up rainbow style

Once again, to mark support for LGBT History Month, the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, will be lighting up the front of Eldon Building in a rainbow style.

Lecture – Queer Women Poets in the Age of Modernism

A free talk on ‘Queer Women Poets in the Age of Modernism: Photography, Self-Fashioning and Celebrity’ by Dr Sarah Parker from Loughborough University will be held on 20 February 2019, 1.00pm to 2.30pm in Milldam LE 1.03. Organised by the Celebrity, Citizenship and Status (CCS) project group, this is a free event for staff and students and a light lunch will be provided. Please email to register your interest.

UoP Rainbow Laces

The Students’ Union is supporting an Athletics Union wide fundraiser from 4 to 10 February for the LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall, by wearing rainbow laces to show their support of sexual and gender identity acceptance for all. The idea stems from the desire to encourage more LGBTQ+ people into sport and ‘make sport everyone’s game’ (Stonewall). The Union is encouraging all student groups to take part, not just sports groups.

Jack Dranfield, a student who championed the rainbow laces through the Have Your Say platform said: “It is really important to me that everyone who wants to, feels they can, take part in sport at the University of Portsmouth. One way of doing this is for our societies to be open and accepting of every student who wants to join. Showing their support of the LGBT community in such a public way means people who may not know what rainbow laces are, see them and start a conversation. Hopefully, it will also show people that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia will not be accepted in sport at Portsmouth. Wearing your laces to fixtures, nights out and casually means you’re being an active Ally for the LGBT students of Portsmouth.”

Look out on the Union’s social media on how to get hold of a pair of these rainbow laces.

The week also includes a Pride Wednesday (6 February) wherein groups will be encouraged to dress in rainbow colours and donate to Stonewall.

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  1. Colleagues

    Within one day our stock has gone! Though we are totally amazed by the response and enthusiasm to wear one of these it does mean that we have had to add a lot of staff who asked to a waiting list. We will endeavour to order!

  2. please can i have a LGBT rainbow lanyard.I am working at Portland building.

    • Hi Richard, Please email although I think they have run out already and will need to put you on a waiting list!

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