February marks LGBT History Month and there’s plenty of ways for you to get involved.This year’s LGBT History Month comes at the same time as four important anniversaries.
2018 marks the anniversary of two events which dramatically effected the LGBTQ+ community. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of the Section 28 amendment, which stated that local authorities should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” within schools. 2018 also marks the 40th anniversary of the murder of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor.
On a slightly more positive note, two further anniversaries celebrate the positive impact the LGBTQ+ community has made. We will celebrate 40 years of the rainbow flag, which was originally designed by Gilbert Baker, as well as the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ influential ‘Tipping the Velvet’.
There’s clearly plenty to be acknowledging this year. LGBT History Month is not only an important opportunity to educate both those within and outside of the community but it’s also about paying our respects to those who came before us and fought for equality, most often facing adversary.
Thankfully, there will be plenty of events held up and down the country which will reflect and provide an insight into the history of the community. We can’t recommend any more that you try and attend as many of these events as you can. Not only is it an ideal opportunity to meet other people within your local LGBTQ+ community, but it’s also a chance to learn more about the people who had an impact.
You can find a list of events and talks that are happening near you on the LGBT History site here.
Not only that but ‘OUTing The Past 2018’, the The 4th National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History, will also be taking up vacancies around the country too. Having already visited Liverpool, they’ll be setting up hubs in Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast, Bedford, Birmingham and London over February.
Some highlights include:
- From Bedroom to Battleground, Hackney Museum
- Let’s Talk About Sex, Manchester Central Library
- Other Stories – Derbyshire LGBT+ exhibition, Chesterfield Museum
- Dancing Bear, Palace Theatre Manchester
- Queer Stories at the Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum
- Turnabout: The Story of Policing of Gay/Bisexual Men in England and Wales 1950-2010, Petersfield Library
- Future Past: the impact of LGBT+ History Today, LSE Library
- “Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows” – An Audience with Christine Burns MBE, Central Library Blackpool
- Amnesty International UK Present Inclusion For All with Shaun Dellenty, Amnesty HQ
Don’t forget to test your knowledge with our Awareness Day quiz too.