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.

To catch up on all our and the LGB and T happenings across the UK, follow us on our Facebook page here and follow Schools OUT UK here.

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

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Upcoming events from our year-round calendar:

7:00 pm WITCiH Presents: The State of Ge... @ The Barge House
WITCiH Presents: The State of Ge... @ The Barge House
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 28 @ 11:00 pm
WITCiH Presents: The State of Gender? @ The Barge House
WITCiH – The State of Gender? is a three-night festival at The Barge House, Dalston from 26th-28th September 2018 celebrating Women, Technology & Creativity WITCiH has commissioned four new music based audiovisual works created by four new up & coming artists, which will receive their world premiere at the festival. Topping the bill each will be a star guest performer ...
8:30 am Suicide Prevention Awareness Tra... @ Clifford Chance
Suicide Prevention Awareness Tra... @ Clifford Chance
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Suicide Prevention Awareness Training @ Clifford Chance | England | United Kingdom
Every 85 minutes, someone dies from suicide in the UK and the risk is elevated for LGBT adolescents. There were 6,188 suicides in 2015 in the UK, compared with 1,730 deaths by traffic accidents. 31 people drowned in the Thames in 2015, which is double the number of cyclist deaths in London. The location and distinctive infrastructure of the City ...
Oct 6 all-day
A one-day festival celebrating co-existence, the historical contributions of migrant and refugee artists and contemporary performance makers that are exploring their migrant and queer identities in their art. Deeper Routes is an artistic intervention, a celebration and a space for co-existence of multi-national queers and their allies who resist today’s ‘hostile’ political environment. The festival dives head-first into nuances of ...
8:00 pm SwanSong @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
SwanSong @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm
SwanSong @ Royal Vauxhall Tavern
A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans, starring the leg-endary Lavinia Co-op, David Meyer and Nathanael Campbell. This bittersweet comedy with an opulent operatic soundtrack is staged site-specifically at the RVT as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival then travels ...
10:00 am Albert Kennedy Create Your Futur... @ Salesforce
Albert Kennedy Create Your Futur... @ Salesforce
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Albert Kennedy Create Your Future Youth Conference @ Salesforce | England | United Kingdom
The Albert Kennedy Trust invites people aged 16-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or gender diverse, queer or part of the amazing rainbow community to a one-day national conference. Bringing together young people from across the United Kingdom, you are invited to a series of amazing panels and workshops looking at how we create the futures we want ...
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm
SwanSong @ THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE | England | United Kingdom
A gentleman called Joan lands in a subdued, suburban care home like a colourful, combustible cocktail in a new play written and directed by Nathan Evans, starring leg-endary Lavinia Co-op and produced by 89th Productions as part of And What? Queer Arts Festival. A veteran of Gay Lib, Joan dons battle dress, seeking an ally in the young, gay but ...
all-day Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Nov 14 – Nov 17 all-day
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre | England | United Kingdom
Nathan Evans takes a comic and poetic look at a pair of botched departures from forty-year unions: the UK’s exit from Europe, bien sûr, and Nathan’s British-born, Brittany-residing, Brexit-supporting father’s departure from the state of matrimony. A brand new solo show marrying the personal and political, spoken word and storytelling, music and film. ‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt In 2002, ...
all-day Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre
Nov 14 – Nov 17 all-day
Foreign Affairs @ Etcetera Theatre | England | United Kingdom
Britain is bowing out of Europe. Nathan’s British-born, Brittany-residing, Brexit-supporting Dad has closed the curtain on his marriage. Well, sort of. A pair of botched departures from forty-year unions. A metaphor waiting to happen. Part of Voila! Festival 2018. ‘witty, engaging and inquisitive’ Exeunt on Flights of Fancy, Soho Theatre 2017 In 2002, Nathan’s Dad sold his semi in Medway, ...

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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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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.
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