LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month runs every year for the full month of February. It is a time to remember and reflect on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson.

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What is LGBT+ History Month?

The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

This is done by:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

It was founded in the UK by Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick, co-founders of the charity Schools OUT UK – The LGBT+ Education Charity. The first took place in February 2005.

Theme for 2022

This year’s theme for LGBT+ History Month is Politics in Art.

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