What is LGBT History Month?

Simple explanation of LGBT History Month

February is LGBT history month in the UK and is a month long look at the LGBTQ+ community's history and is a way to raise awareness for the issues that many people still struggle with in today's world. The month gives people a way to look back at the moments, good and bad, that have helped to shape the community into what it is today, as well as showing people both in and outside of the community where changes still need to be made. This is achieved by increased coverage on LGBTQ+ subjects in the media and events held in educational settings and work places around the country. Some brave people also travel the country speaking out about LGBTQ+ issues, such as Stonewall

Why is LGBT History Month still important?

I know that there have been a lot of positive changes for the LGBTQ+ community over the years, but this doesn't mean that the mission of equality is complete. With more news everyday covering issues such as; bi-erasure, attacks against trans-men and women and politicians supporting or refusing to address homophobia, LGBT History month is increasingly relevant.

The world can seem like a scary place with things like Brexit in the UK & the current US president, so it's nice to be able to look back at how much the world can also change for the better.

Some important figures in LGBTQ+ History:

  • Harvey Milk - American Politician (The first openly gay elected official in California)
  • Slyvia Rivera - Activist (A founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activist Alliance)
  • Alice Nkom - Activist (Campaigner to decriminalise homosexuality in Camaroon)
  • Laverne Cox - Actress & Advocate (Trailblazer for the transgender community)
  • Baynard Rustin - Activist & Close Friend to Martin Luther King (Leader of social movements for gay rights in America)

There are more great people out there who I could mention, but the list would be huge! 

Finally, I'd like to end this post by telling you about someone I admire from LGBTQ+ history, Marsha P. Johnson. An amazing, self proclaimed drag queen who played a huge part in the Stonewall riots and was a dedicated activist in the LGBT community. Please go and read up about her or watch the Netflix documentary "The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson". It's always great to learn about the past, so we can change our future.

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