LGBTQ+ History Month takes place across the UK and around the world every February. It celebrates the lives, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as raising awareness for the community, and everything they stand for.
As a celebration and show of support for LGBTQ+ History Month, Eldon Building, will once again be lighting up the front of the building with the colours of the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag.
Portsmouth Film Society will also be screening a series of LGBTQ+ films throughout February to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month.
On the 7th February, in EW1.10, at 7.30pm, Portsmouth Film Society will a host a screening of God’s Own Country, a romantic drama, in which a young man struggling with his sexuality and the challenges of running the family farm falls in love with Romanian migrant worker engaged for lambing season. The film will open with an introductory talk from the University of Portsmouth to launch the festival, and celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month.
At 7.30pm on the 14th February, in room EW1.10 Portsmouth Film Society will host a screening of Tom of Finland, a film about Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returning home following a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War Two, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals, and gay men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work, made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’, because the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
The final instalment in the Portsmouth Film Society’s celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month is In Between, which will be screened on the 21st February, in EW1.11 at 7.30pm. The film follows three Arab-Israeli women as they attempt to balance faith an tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Directed by Maysaloun, who calls this feature “an authentic picture of a kind of invisible life that we live here as a younger generation of Palestinians”. Cinema expert, Dr Yael Friedman will introduce the film.
All films can be viewed for free by University of Portsmouth students with a valid student ID.