DMU Pride 2023

This year will see the ninth annual DMU Pride take place here at DMU, with an exciting month of vibrant events taking place to mark LGBTQ+ History Month. Running from Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 28 February, the in-person and online events are designed to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.

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This year’s theme is ‘Behind the Lens’ (#BehindTheLens) and celebrates LGBTQ+ people’s contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens, including directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, makeup artists, lighting directors, musicians and choreographers. In addition, as LGBTQ+ lives are in the media, the theme also encourages you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBTQ+ people’s lived experiences.

Chris Hall, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “LGBTQ+ inclusion is vitally important here at DMU. As a university, we strive through our policies and activities to support our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues. We have some great policies in place. Now, with DMU Pride 2023 we have the opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ+ history, culture and identity, as well as developing our understanding and awareness of issues that impact upon our LGBTQ+ students and staff. I hope that you will be able to join us through our extensive programme of Pride events.”

This year's highlights also include a #BehindTheLens Q&A with Ash Kotak at the Phoenix Theatre on remembering film producer Ismail Merchant, Strictly Come DMU Pride Dancing where you can learn to Cha Cha Cha and the Waltz, and an event examining ‘The beautiful game and LGBTQ+ rights and experiences’.

Check out the dedicated DMU Pride microsite which includes event listings, information about what LGBTQ+ symbols mean, lists of films and TV shows you can watch, a list of books to read and interesting interviews with alumni.

View the full timetable of events below.

DMU Pride timetable

LGBTQ+ Quotes Display

Wednesday 1 February until Wednesday 1March

The glass cabinet located in the Campus Centre

Gender Bending Fashion Exhibition

Wednesday 1 February until Tuesday 28 February

Exhibition space beneath the big screen of the Vijay Patel Building, Mill Lane

Interactive Pride Artwork Project

Every Wednesday throughout February

Wednesday 1 February, midday–2pm

Wednesday 8 February, 10am-midday

Wednesday 15 February, 10am-midday

Wednesday 22 February, midday–2pm

Inside the Campus Centre

Mindfulness meditation

Tuesday 7 February 2023, midday–12.30pm


Strictly come DMU Pride dancing!

Wednesday 8 February, Main class: midday–1pm, Additional practice: 1–1.30pm

Studio 1, PACE Building

Space for Ace (DMU staff and students)

Thursday 9 February, midday–1pm

Trinity House Chapel, Trinity House

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sport Training (DMU staff and students)
Friday 10 February, midday–1pm

Football reflections: The beautiful game and LGBTQ+ rights and experiences 

Monday 13 February, 1–2pm


The Big Pride Quiz

Thursday 16 February, 6–8pm

The Union, located in DSU, Campus Centre Building

Blue Jean (15) film showing

Screening from Wednesday 22 February, various show times

Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester

Rainbow Families Gallery Takeover (LGBTQ+ families, friends and allies)

Sunday 26 February, 1–3pm 

Leicester Gallery, DMU Campus

#BehindTheLens: In Conversation with Ash Kotak: Remembering Producer Ismail Merchant

Tuesday 28 February, 6–7pm

Terrace Room, Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester

Maurice (15) film showing

Tuesday 28 February, 7.45pm

Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester



Posted on Friday 20 January 2023

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