LGBT+ History Month in the UK is co-ordinated by grassroots voluntary organisation and registered charity Schools Out UK, who aim to increase the visibility of the entire LGBT+ community, as well as their history, lives and experiences. It was founded by professor emeritus Sue Sanders of the Harvey Milk Institute and activist and educator Paul Patrick; they work with schools and other educational institutions – providing resources and training to help make them safe spaces for LGBT+ people, as well as raising awareness of issues that affect the community.
They chose February as LGBT+ History Month to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28, which stated that local authorities were not allowed to “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality”.
This year’s theme is ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’.
There are a host of events taking place throughout February including 'OUTing the Past' at the National Maritime Museum – this will now be a virtual event which is free to join on the 13 February at 6.30pm. Visit their website here for further information and details of how to join.
The Museum of London are hosting a series of talks, walks and events, more information can be found here.
The NHS Health & Care LGBTQ Leaders Network have collated the events happening in the NHS across the month, for more information, visit their website here.
LGBT+ Strategy launch
Here at NELFT we are proud and excited to be launching our first LGBT+ Strategy on the 26 February.
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Follow us on our Twitter page @NELFT_LGBT as we will be posting regularly throughout the month.