LGBT+ History Month is an annual event in the United Kingdom taking place every February.The event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 in 2003. The Month is intended as a means to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible. History Month has three taglines -‘Claiming our past. Celebrating our present. Creating our future’, in addition to the ‘Educate OUT Prejudice’ motto of parent charity Schools OUT UK.
The Department for Education (DfES) promised funding for LGBT History Month for the first two years to help get the event off the ground. It is now very well established and has garnered support from other sources. Long standing sponsors include the Metropolitan Police Service, the Metropolitan Police Authority, Amnesty International and the Crown Prosecution Service.
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There are some great Films, TV series and other media which focus on moments in LGBT+ history- one which aired recently and that we fully recommend is Its a Sin, which was recently shown on Channel 4 and is available on All 4, it is a highly acclaimed Russell T Davies drama in five episodes which charts the story of AIDS and how it affects five friends in the 1980’s
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As usual, while many Councils across London and the UK flew rainbow flags, issued resources and held (online) events to mark LGBT+ History month, Bromley Council sadly once again did not. (Indeed they are one of the only Councils in London who do not mark Pride month in June, Black History Month and many other occasions throughout the year designed to celebrate, raise awareness or highlight the history of minority groups)