LGBT+ History Month 1 February 2021 - 28 February 2021

Monday, 1 February 2021

The overall aim of the LGBT+month is to eliminate prejudice by educating people and promoting equality and diversity.

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.

Information you might not know:

Sue Sanders is the History Month’s co-founder.

In 1988 Section 28 was introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. The law prevented local authorities from promoting homosexuality, which meant schools could not include the subject in any lessons. It was repealed in England and Wales in 2003. 

Homosexuality was removed from a list of recognised mental disorders by the World Health Organisation in 1992.

Pop Star, Sam Smith, has asked fans to no longer refer to the singer as 'him' but instead as 'them'.  Sam identifies as non-binary. 

Being non-binary means you don't see yourself as fitting into the category of being a male or a female.  Physically you might have all of the male or female characteristics but being non-binary is more to do with your gender. People who are non-binary ask other people to use the non-gender identity pronouns 'they' and 'them' when describing them.

Nicola Adams is a British Champion Flyweight Boxer and the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.  She is a Lesbian.

Bishop Gene Robinson, a now retired American Bishop, was the first man in an openly gay relationship to be elected bishop.

Jack Monroe is a food writer and poverty campaigner and became famous for affordable recipes on an award - winning blog. Jack is a non - binary transgender person.

Jackie Kay is a Scottish-Nigerian poet, playwright and novelist and winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and many other awards. She was appointed Scottish Makar (national poet) in 2016.  She is a lesbian.

Stephen Whittle is a British trans activist and writer who co-founded the trans rights organisation Press for Change. He was awarded the prestigious Human Rights Award by civil rights group Liberty. He is a transgender man.

Andy Warhol was an American artist and filmmaker. He was a Leading figure in the “pop art” movement. He produced iconic graphical images. He was a gay man.

Alan Turing was a pioneering computer scientist. He was the first person to propose the idea of a computer program.  He led a team that created a machine to crack the German Enigma code, shortening the second world war. He was a gay man.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter. Acclaimed after her death for powerful art that expresses indigenous Mexican tradition and female experience. She was disabled by bus accident as a teenager. She was a Bisexual woman.

LGBT+ History Month 1 February 2021 - 28 February 2021