LGBT History Month celebrates the stories, lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
It is hosted every year in February, but LGBT HM’s work is to “educate out prejudice that continues throughout the year.”
The theme of this year’s History Month looks at Citizenship, PHSE and Law. This is especially important to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, a milestone in gay British history which marks the partial decriminalisation towards male homosexuality in England and Wales.
LGBT HM strive to raise awareness on matters affecting the LGBT community and to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for LGBT communities.
This is important for Profound Services as we aim to recognise our responsibility in ensuring that all staff and learners are treated with dignity, respect and equality. This is encouraged via regular discussions and debates using the Profound Services monthly ‘Hot Topic’ publication, which concerns itself with various current and topical matters.
The History Month is celebrated across the UK with a range of events taking place to mark the occasion including talks, films, quizzes and exhibitions.
Throughout the month, social media is taken by storm due to the awareness raised by LGBT campaign supporters who aim to help individuals ‘get the knowledge’ to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools, workplaces and the community.
You can support LGBT HM by getting involved using their resources, raising funds, sharing events and challenging discrimination wherever you are. See http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ for more details. Additionally, you can access the Profound Services website and take a look at the most recent ‘Hot Topic’ publication.