LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group

Our ‘Affinity groups’ support minoritized groups in finding community with the department, and generate opportunities for mentorship.

June Update:

Events in red are just for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, whilst events in purple are open to the whole department (including undergraduates).

Happy Pride Month! We have a lot of events going on this month and will be flying the Pride flag in the atrium and pride bunting in the RCR for the month.

See below for more details on each event:

Oxford Pride Day and Pride Parade, 4th June, 11am onwards

The annual Oxford Pride parade is on Saturday 4th June. The pride starts at 12pm from Radcliffe Square with people gathering from 11am. We will be meeting outside the Weston library at 11am and will then go to Radcliffe Square to join the parade. After the parade, there will be events throughout the day around Castle Square, Paradise Street and the County Hall. See for more information.

Pride Coffee and LGBTQIA+ affirming sticker making, 10th June, 11am, RCR

Grab a coffee and come chat about Pride. We will also be making LGBTQIA+ positive stickers inspired by the Beyond the Binary exhibition. These stickers are often stuck on street objects (lamp posts, phone boxes, street signs) as a sign of pride and protest. We will be making a collage of everyone’s stickers to display on the noticeboard by the seminar rooms during June. Everyone in the department is welcome to come along, have a chat and make their own. You can then wear them round them around the department or stick them onto the collage. No  artistic skills required.

Affinity group picnic, 17th June, 1pm

We’ll head to Uni Parks for a lunchtime picnic. Meet outside the department to walk over. Bring your lunch and extra snacks will be provided.

Book club, 23rd June, 4.30pm Wager Room and online

At the next meeting we will be discussing ‘Y’all means all’ edited by Z. Zane McNeill. This is a collection of essays from different queer voices in Appalachia. An online copy is now available in the Social Sciences library. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion – you don’t need to have read the whole book.

As well as the events we are running there are lots of things going on across the University. Check out for more information about the Pride parade and Oxford-wide events.

A few highlights are given below:

Pride Pizza – 7th June, 12-13.30, Department of Maths

All invited to an informal Pride celebration event at the Mathematical Institute, organised by SPECTRA, the LGBTQIA+ Staff Network for the Mathematical Institute, Department of Philosophy and the Humanities Division. There’ll be a number of fun activities and pizza! Drop in whenever you can – and ALL are welcome.

The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture: Lord Browne of Madingley – 17th June, 17:00-18:30, St Anne’s College

The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures are named in honour of Michael Dillon, an Oxford alumnus who was the first person to undergo hormone treatment and surgery for a transition from female to male. Announced in November 2020 with an online panel event ‘LGBT+ Rights in a Time of Pandemic’, the Dillon Lectures are given by LGBT+ individuals from professions other than academia who have reached a position of outstanding achievement in their field. The lectures, which happen twice yearly, aim to shape the national and international conversation about LGBT+ issues. The second Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture will be given by Lord Browne of Madingley, the most senior British businessperson to have come out as LGBT+. The lecture will be introduced by Helen King QPM, Principal of St Anne’s College, and Lord Browne will be in conversation with David Isaac CBE, Provost of Worcester College and formerly Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016-2020) and Chair of Stonewall (2003-2012). You can find out more details about the event here: