LGBT+ History Month comes around every February in the UK… but what is it, why is it important and how can you take part? Whether you have celebrated before or know nothing about this important month, we hope to bring you up to speed with all of the ways you can honour the past of the community in 2020, including some fun activities hosted in collaboration with LGBT Society and Equality and Diversity at the University of Wolverhampton.
A brief history...
While the event has existed in the US since the 90’s, the first UK LGBT+ History Month was in February 2005, coinciding with the 2nd anniversary of the abolition of Section 28, a law which prohibited any local authority from “promoting homosexuality”. This month was introduced in order to educate people about the queer community, a group that historically has been erased and discriminated against, as well as to celebrate the parts of our history that are often overlooked. (This is why we don’t have a straight or a cisgender history month, but it doesn’t mean people outside the community can’t join in with the fun!)
What's happening this year?
This year in collaboration with the University we are hosting a variety of different events such as online panels, a LIVE drag make-up tutorial and even an LGBT+ concert!
How can I honour/celebrate this month?
There are many ways you can honour and/or celebrate LGBT+ History Month, whether you are LGBT+ yourself or not. During this month there are often many events based on LGBT+ history in the UK or around the world, the lives of key LGBT+ activists, and the current frontiers of LGBT+ activism. These events are often in the form of talks, documentary and film screenings, workshops and discussion groups, albeit online now.
History is a continuous process and some may say our history is not over, and this is evident with the number of LGBT+ specific campaigns that are still around today. They may vary wildly in size, from ensuring gender neutral toilets in your university to the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the globe, but they are still important to our community, and those involved are all making LGBT+ History.
Having a strong sense of community should not be overlooked in all the political events that surrounded LGBT+ History Month, so you should also seek out socials (for communities that you are a part of) to attend, especially if you have never done so before, this is a great time to do so!
Both the Students’ Union and University are running a number of events for LGBT+ History month, some of which include panels, a live drag make-up tutorial and an online LGBT+ concert!
LGBT+ History month is important because we must remember what happened in order for us to experience the current place we hold in society today, and to better understand how we can work, how we can shape history, so that LGBT+ can have an even better future.