More than 200 people assembled in the Campus Centre atrium to see the official launch of the festival as esteemed academic Professor Julie Fish also announced the launch of the DMU Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) Research.

The crowd then collected official #DMUpride t-shirts to demonstrate the university’s zero tolerance approach to homophobia and racism in sport. Members of the university’s sports clubs and societies will unite and wear the t-shirts to their training sessions and matches throughout February.

Now in its second year, the #DMUpride Festival features more than 20 events taking place across the campus and around the city centre.

Paris Lees - writer, broadcaster and passionate campaigner for better media representation of transgender people – will deliver a talk about her own experiences and her campaign to address the attitudes that transgender people face from society today.

Special screenings of the award-winning Tangerine and Oscar-nominated The Danish Girl will be screened at The Phoenix cinema. While true-life stories collated in the documentary Outings will receive its Leicester premiere at Curve.

A series of open lectures will address LGBT and human rights issues, showcasing the work of academic staff and research students, and a conference will highlight current research and collaborations at DMU. Students and staff are also invited to attend an LGBT comedy night as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival

Professor Fish said: “There was an amazing atmosphere and I am delighted so many people were here to get the message out there about the festival.’’

“I am really excited about the new Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) Research. We have a number of projects which will hopefully get underway this year about Europe, human rights, hospitals and asylum seekers.”

For a full calendar of #DMUPride events, please visit the De Montfort University website