February is LGBT+ History Month and 2019 marks the UK’s 5th annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture, the hiLGBTstory of the 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 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.
Why not start by browsing our suggested 10 reads for LGBT Month! As always, let us know your reading experiences.
This year we will focus on ‘Peace, Activism and Reconciliation’, The theme this year is of such great importance, exploring LGBT+ activism in the year marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT+ rights and history. It is crucial that the struggles and fights of others, to give us the lives we have today, are recognised. It is also so important that we understand the fights that are still continuing to happen, and still need to happen, to give folk liberation and peace.
Get involved and celebrate LGBT+ history month:
Whether it be attending a local event, sharing the celebration through social media or taking part in a National Festival the choice is enormous! It’s never been easier to find out what your local community may be doing for LGBT+ month and getting involved!
Want to join the Pride Parade? Come along to Winchester on Saturday 23 February and join the march through Winchester! Here’s the plan: