About LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month 2018 is now over, but we still have materials and ideas for schools, colleges and workplaces that want to raise LGBT+ awareness and issues. Outlined below are some of events we celebrated or marked; plus a range of exciting ideas from ourselves and our friends.
The Representation of the People Act, which gave women over 30 the right to vote (men could vote at 21) received Royal Assent on February 6th 1918. It’s often forgotten and more often ignored that many of the campaigners for votes for women were bisexual or lesbians including two of our faces for LGBT History Month in past years: Ethel Smythe and Emmeline Pankhurst. An event at the LSE library was held at the beginning of the month to explore the key role of lesbians in women’s suffrage.
Throughout February this year our theme was Geography: Mapping the World. We commemorated two rather sombre events; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year. And 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Sarah Waters’ classic Tipping the Velvet
We look forward to next year when we will focus on ‘History II: Peace, Activism and Reconciliation’, celebrating the official end of the First World War and marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Check our materials to see what’s available this year. Look at our calendar to see what’s happening where you are. If you have an event, put it up on our calendar. Check out the OUTing the Past LGBT History Festival hubs during February to find out which one you can attend.
Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2018 Resource Pack, with a foreword by Stuart Milk and an introduction by Sue Sanders that you can access free here
A Happy LGBT History Month
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We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your information only.
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Schools OUT UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that began life as The Gay Teachers Association in 1974. Our overarching goal is to make our schools and educational institutions safe spaces for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities as teachers, lecturers and trainers; as pupils and students; as parents; as teaching and learning support staff; as site-officers, catering and cleaning staff; and as headteachers, managers and governors. There is no other organisation that supports such a wide community in attaining such a wide, yet simple overarching goal. See our website for more news and materials for educators www.schools-out.org.uk
The Classroom The Classroom is an accessible space for teachers to find a range of materials to make Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans people visible in education. We believe that to eradicate homophobia and transphobia, the lives and contributions of LGBT people need to be visible throughout education. This can be done by delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. See our website for more information and lesson plans at www.the-classroom.org.uk
OUTburst: Schools OUT UK’s Official Guide to LGBT History Month is our outreach magazine. This exciting new publication enables us to share our work every February through the print magazine and throughout the year on the website. 35,000 copies are distributed to every secondary school in England, plus colleges and universities, private and public organisations, community venues, prides, festivals, diversity networks and trade unions. As well as news, interviews, opinions and lifestyle features, the magazine includes a Diversity Dashboard, advertising job opportunities and raising the profile of LGBT-friendly employers. Through advertising revenues, the magazine is able to support the ongoing work of Schools OUT UK. To read the magazine or explore commercial opportunities, please visit www.outburstmagazine.co.uk.
As a not- for-profit global organization, our program goals – to empower local, regional, national and global organizations so that they may fully realize the power of Harvey Milk’s story, style, and collaborative relationship building – are as large and bold as Harvey taught us! The Foundation, through Harvey’s dream for a just tomorrow, envisions governments that celebrate the rich and universally empowering diversity of humanity, where all individuals – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, the disabled – all who had been excluded can fully participate in all societal rights without exception.
LGBT Ed (LGBTed.uk) is a website to tell help LGBT teachers be the role models they needed when they were younger. Nobody should feel they need to hide who they are at school, but we recognise that this is harder in some schools than others.
Simply by being adults who are comfortable being openly gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans* then we show being LGBT for what it really is – natural and usual. This website will contain:
- Case studies and stories of teachers and other school-based (or college-based) professionals who are out at school, hopefully with supportive statements from senior leadership teams, pupils and parents.
- Information from teaching unions, the Department for Education and from C of E and Catholic Schools on their ‘official line’ on being openly LGBT in school. This will initially be focused on England but we hope to extend this to other countries in time.
- Links to support sites, including EllyBarnes.com, Stonewall, Schools Out and others, where education professionals can get further information and guidance on how to make their schools more LGBT friendly.
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