50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots


The Stonewall Riots took place in New York in the summer of 1969. They were one of the key events that marked the acceleration of the campaign for LGBTQ equality across America and here in the UK.

DMU is celebrating the anniversary, and the subsequent liberation campaigns that ensued, as part of our commitment to support, and advance equality for LGBTQ staff and students.


Some 20 years after the riots, Stonewall UK was formed, and is now the largest LGBT rights charity. DMU is a proud member of Stonewall.

Early this year, DMU was named one of the most inclusive employers by Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. Ranked at 31 out of 445 employers entering.

Each February, the university runs a month-long DMU Pride festival, involving students and staff in weeks of events, music, films and debates around issues affecting LGBT communities.

DMU’s message of inclusivity extends beyond the campus into the community, working with LGBT organisations in the city and county, and supporting the city’s annual Pride parade and event. De Montfort Students’ Union also has a thriving LGBTQ+ student society.



Posted on Friday 28th June 2019

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