9th February 2023
Claiming our past – Celebrating our present – Creating our future
It’s LGBT+ History Month in February and it’s an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements.
The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
This is done by:
- Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives, and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
- Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
- Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
LGBT+ History Month is for everyone; whether you work in education, a museum, a library, or art gallery, a business, a service, are a member of a network/social group or an individual.
It is celebrated every February across the UK and was founded in 2004 by Schools OUT co-chairs, Paul Patrick & Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders. It was first celebrated in February 2005.
Every year Schools OUT sets a different theme for LGBT+ History Month and provides free resources for education settings, businesses, services and organisations to help them celebrate and ‘usualise’ LGBT+ lives in their full diversity.
Even the Church of England has backed proposals to allow prayers of blessing for same-sex couples as announced on 09/02/2023. So the world is finally changing, accepting, and embracing the LGBT community… slowly but surely.
For more information you can:
Visit LGBT+ History Month at: https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/
Donate to: Registered Charity No. 1156352