UK LGBT+ History Month is Every February

Welcome to UK LGBT+ History Month 2020.

We are gearing up for our theme next year which is POETRY, PROSE AND PLAYS our four representatives of the theme are Loraine Hansberry, EM Forster, Shakespeare and Dawn Langley Simmons. We launched the month at The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford see the pictures here with some brilliant contemporary poets and authors.

The usual information and free posters supporting the theme are here and we will soon be adding the Proud Trust work book that supports the 2020 theme.

The calendar is ready for you to add your event. I am sure we will have more events than last year which was over 1500 as the success of the month grows every year. We are indebted to the thousands of people who ensure that the month is well celebrated by creating myriad of events from discos, to conferences, quizzes to flag flying, theatre to sporting events.

OUTing the Past our specific LGBT history month festival will be in 22 hubs next year 14 in England, 6 on the island of Ireland and 2 in the USA. For more in information see here.

We have added a new page to this site with presentations offered to OTP for you to peruse and may be book for your event. If you are a venue that wants people to offer ideas to you can ask people to contact you and if you have something you want to offer to a History month event then see here.

There is also a page for you to show off what you did and see what others did here.

So I think we are on our way to supporting what we are sure will be a very exciting, informative and celebratory month where we will educate out prejudice and make LGBT people visible in all their rich diversity.

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The Sue Sanders Schools OUT UK archive is now at the Bishopsgate Institute

We have chosen the Bishopsgate institute for all our archives as we feel it is one of the most accessible

and friendly archive that are home to a huge range of LGBTQ+ resources, including thousands of journals, books, banners, badges, t-shirts, memorabilia, oral histories, written personal accounts, private papers, reports, postcards, posters, press clippings, photographs and more on individuals and organisations important to understanding and celebrating LGBTQ+ history, politics and culture. The collections include the archives of organisations such as Stonewall, Switchboard and Outrage! and the records of important LGBTQ+ activists such as Peter Tatchell, Paris Lees Out!. The collections are open to all; you don’t need to book in advance to come and see them or to undertake research. Follow this link to access the catalogue and find out more about this incredible repository of LGBTQ+ history.

Our papers are quite extensive covering our own activities and myriad lgbt organisations, events and conferences the catalogue can be found here.

Before you have a clear out of papers, memorabilia and photos check with Stef Dickers at Bishopsgate or your local archive we need to have a record of what we did who we are.

We must not be invisibilised!

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From logos to flyers and people to places, all you need to get your event off to a flying start!
PLUS all our materials and themes all the way back to 2005!
The LGBT History Month February 2019 theme is History: Peace, Activism and Reconciliation

LGBT History Month Materials


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You can now show people what you did by sharing photos and a report to our YOUR Events page, promote your work and inspire others!

Upcoming events from our year-round calendar:

2:00 pm Invisible women: the story of tw... @ Working Class Movement Library
Invisible women: the story of tw... @ Working Class Movement Library
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Working Class Movement Library LGBT History Month Luchia Fitzgerald is the co-founder of the Manchester branch of the Gay Liberation Front. Together with Angela Cooper she opened the city’s first women’s refuge, started a rock band, and launched a radical queer printing press.  Join us for a screening of a documentary that uses their story to shine a light on Manchester’s ...
7:00 pm Monthly British Black Queer Shor...
Monthly British Black Queer Shor...
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 8 @ 11:00 pm February 6th 2020 The Batty Mama is hosting a Monthly Short Film & Opening Mic Night at The Front Room in East Croydon! The aim of this project is to have a more frequent space to showcase Black Queer Art and provide opportunities for folk to test new work and try out new material. It will also aim to ...
7:00 pm Mr Lucas’s diaries and the Queer... @ Bishopsgate Institute
Mr Lucas’s diaries and the Queer... @ Bishopsgate Institute
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mr Lucas’s diaries and the Queer Britain Archive, with Mark Gatiss: A glimpse into Britain’s queer past with excerpts from Mr Lucas’s diaries read by actor, writer, producer and director Mark Gatiss. Mr Lucas was an unremarkable man who led a remarkable life. From the early 1940s until his death in 2014, Mr Lucas kept a daily diary. Millions of ...
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Entertaining the Troops: From 1979 to 1988 Consenting Adults in Public was one of the leading Lesbian and Gay Theatre Companies in England. While Gay Sweatshop battled with the Arts Council for funding, this Community Theatre group performed plays, cabaret and musicals in theatres and for Student Unions and Gay Groups up and down the country, including two visits to ...
7:00 pm Queer Quiz for LGBT History month
Queer Quiz for LGBT History month
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Queer Quiz for LGBT History month
Queer Quiz for LGBT History month, organised by Pink Sou’westers LGBT Social network Explore, expand or show off your knowledge of all things lesbian, gay, bi and trans from past to present on sport, history, geography, art & literature, politics & society, music, entertainment and ‘local’. All welcome, come alone and we will find you team mates, or come as ...

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

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OUTing The Past

The introduction and promotion of LGBT History Month (UK) by Schools OUT UK in 2005 has significantly enhanced and further validated awareness of and interest in LGBT and Human Rights Campaigns of the second half of the 20th century. The associated and growing interest in ‘LGBT History’ has created a growing public demand for readings of that past, that has in turn encouraged popular and academic research into that past. However, despite the increasing popular demand for such history, it still an area of study that in the UK is very much in its infancy compared to the remarkable advances made elsewhere.

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The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through providing LGBT+ youth groups, peer support, managing the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester, delivery of training and events, campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources. We’re proud to work in collaboration with Schools OUT UK each year, to produce the official LGBT History Month Education and Resource pack, find them here.

LGBT Ed ( 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, 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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