LGBT+ History Month Resources (old)

We have compiled resources from recent LGBT History Months. Please click on the year you are interested in to see what is available.

The new Pride flag is available to download for free here.

Hidayah is a national non-incorporated charity founded in 2017 to support LGBTQI+ Muslims. Its aims are to To increase the visibility and voices of LGBTQI+ Muslims; To raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims; To provide educational resources and projects to support LGBTQI+ Muslims; To develop opportunities for LGBTQI+ Muslims to access welfare services; To campaign to provide social justice for the LGBTQI+ Muslim community. To find out more go to their website

A new film about the first Pride London March in 1972 is now available. Directed by Zachary Cole, the film is ostensibly about Britain’s first Pride March. However it covers the beginning of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation, the Shropshire LGBT Film Festival, the Shropshire National LGBT History Festival (now known as OUTing the Past) and Liverpool Pride. It finishes by asking questions about Pride in London as it is now.

The 20 minute whistle-stop tour also includes the international struggle for LGBT+ Equality – including images that some  people may find disturbing. Contributors and interviewees include Peter Tatchell, Frankie Green, Peter Roscoe, Geoff Hardy, Stuart Milk of The Harvey Milk Foundation, Jenny Bishop and Dr Emma Vickers. To see the film go here

Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2019 Resource Pack that you can access free here

We also have our wallchart produced in association with the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions.

Daniel Bregman has put together very useful suggestions on how to Usualise LGBT issues throughout the curriculum.

There are also Curriculum Subject Area Identity Posters produced by Kit Heyam of York LGBT History Month in response to requests from schools in York for resources to help make LGBT history visible in the curriculum.

Annette Pryce of the NUT LGBT+ Network has created a video file that can be shown in school for history month. Some trailers clipped together and other stuff to show them how close history really is. Download the video here

Historic England looks at some buildings and asks whether there is such a thing as Queer Architecture. Go here  to see and read more

English Heritage has created a map and guide to England’s LGBT Heritage entitled Pride of Place. Check out your hometown and, if there’s anything missing that you think needs to be there, put it in. It’s interactive.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Policy Advisor Liz Ellis talks about how they celebrated LGBT History Month and the importance of creating safe spaces, as well as tellling us of some LGBT History events throughout 2018. Go here to read it

Meanwhile, our partners in Scotland are celebrating LGBT History Month Scotland. Organised by LGBT Youth Scotland, Scottish LGBT History Month is based on the theme of ‘When We Were Young’. They have published a pdf explaining how to celebrate the month and it can be accessed here

LGBT Youth Scotland’s website is  . They have a folder of resources for schools including lesson plans and ideas, as well as assembly plans. You can find them in a Onedrive folder here

Section 28 – 2018 is also the 30th anniversary of Section 28, a regressive piece of legislation introduced by the Thatcher government of 1979-1990. Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work.

Back in 2013 we gathered together a small collection of original documents and publications relating to Section 28, as part of our ‘pink promotion’ to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the legislation. We’re making them available again: Schools OUT UK – Section 28 Resources

Elizabeth L. Chapman & John Vincent of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals have put together their Top Tips for Preparing for LGBT History Month. See their guide here

Andrew Lumsden, who was a participant in the Gay Liberation Front in the 1970s and edited Gay News during the 1980s, has kindly sent us his perspective on The 1967 Sexual Offences Act, in which he expresses the importance of celebrating the Act as the first stepping stone on the crossing to equality and of thanking those who put their careers and reputations on the line to see it through, rather than focusing on the shortcomings. To read his analysis, go here: andrew-lumsden

Queering Glamorgan is a research guide to sources for the study of LGBT history, produced by the Glamorgan Archives – compiled by Norena Shopland and Dr Daryl Leeworthy.

If you have spaces available to host events, if you want to advertise your availability to host events or you are looking for either, please visit our Resources Proferred or Wanted page for adverts.

Don’t forget to list all your events on our calendar page.

Inspired by pride parades around the world, it is our pleasure to present to you our new LGBT History Month badge for 2019!

About our LGBT History Month 2019 badge designer:

 ‘My name is Karolina Bednarz. I am studying Graphic Design. I am a person with a lot of interests. Besides graphics, art, and painting I love nature and time spent outside in the fresh air. Originally I’m from Poland but wanted to expand my knowledge and experience new things I came to study abroad at the University of Bedfordshire. The Design of the badge I created to represent the history of the LGBT community for 2019 event. My idea is based on the pride parades. First pride parade took place on June 28, 1970, in New York, this event was the anniversary of the Stonewall riots which are the initial part of LGBT history. To present my idea I decided to combine the LGBT colours with the concept of a parade. I wanted to give them a look of the peaceful yet powerful wave because I think this is what the community stands for nowadays.’

We Launched the 2019 theme at The British Library on Wednesday, 14th November 2018.

You can read the programme below (click on the PDF link):

2019 Launch Programme edit

2019 Posters


2019 Fact-Sheets



PDF Versions (better for printing)

2019 theme

Faces of 2019 V2

2019 Factsheet 1 Mariella Franco

2019 Factsheet 2 Magnus Hirschfeld

2019 Factsheet 3 Robert Graves

2019 Factsheet 4 Marsha P Johnson

2018 Badge 354 x 354 JPG

We wish you all the best for 2018 and would be grateful if you would publicise OUTing the Past: The National Festival of LGBT History.
See more information here:- OUTing the Past

The logos can be found below (right click the link and select ‘Save As’ to download):

2018 Badge Design 354 px square (jpg) 2018 Badge Design 354 px square (pdf)

2018 Badge Design 354 px square (gif) 2018 Badge Design 354 px square (png)

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2018 Badge Design 1417 px square (gif) 2018 Badge Design 1417 px square (png)

Cristian-Emanuel Buda

Cristian-Emanuel Buda

I am Cristian-Emanuel Buda, studying Advertising and Branding Design at the University of Bedfordshire. I am passionate about arts, photography, music and love to travel.  My LGBT History Month badge design for 2018 illustrates the theme “Geography – Mapping the world”. During my research I tried to avoid using a cliché idea. This is the reason I chose not to use the symbol of the earth and maps. Some of my ideas were inspired by means of travelling and navigation. I developed some scamps using the image of planes, compasses, symbols used in digital navigation apps and the symbols of LGBT community. The main colours I used are the colours of the rainbow. I considered the rainbow as an important subject, being linked with LGBT people. In my final design I chose to use two compasses facing each other. I consider this to have a strong visual impact. The compass suggests that LGBT people can find their way in a world that is not always accepting. It is emphasizing that love wins and their unity is important because only together they can fight for their rights and “travel” with honour in their life journey.


Liverpool Launch Night Programme (PDF)


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Geography 2018 (JPG Version)

Geography prototype 4

Geography 2018 (PDF Version – better for printing)

Faces of 2018 Fact Sheets:

Factsheet 1 - Kate Marsden

Factsheet 1 – Kate Marsden (PDF – better for printing)

Factsheet 2 - Gilbert Baker

Factsheet 2 – Gilbert Baker (PDF – better for printing)


Factsheet 3 - Claude McKay

Factsheet 3 – Claude McKay (PDF – better for printing)

Factsheet 4 - Jan Morris

Factsheet 4 – Jan Morris (PDF – better for printing)

Faces of 2018 (JPG Version)

Faces of 2018

Faces of 2018 (PDF Version – better for printing)


Further resources

rsz_the_proud_trust The Proud TrustLGBT History Month 2018 Education Pack

Social Mapping of LGBT+ Spaces in Deptford, London

Huffpost: The LGBT Historic World, Mapped

A brief look at Trans History around the world 

Know your rainbow flag!

The native American two-spirit culture of trans inclusion

The importance of LGBT History Month

Don’t separate trans people from the LGBT movement – that’s what the bigots want 

Havering proudly flies the rainbow flag

British Psychology Society – free event  

How to plan and design a gay-friendly city

My best LGBT+ heritage sites – Stephen Williams Blog

Historic England – LGBTQ Architecture

PrintOur 2017 Programme was launched at the Parliament’s Speaker’s Chambers on the 30th November 2016. Read our full review of the event here.

We wish you all the best for 2017 and would be grateful if you would publicise The National Festival of LGBT History which this year will have Festivals in Bournemouth, Manchester, Coventry, Preston, Exeter, Shrewsbury, Liverpool, York and London. See more information here:-

The logos can be found below (right click the link and select ‘Save As’ to download):

2017 Badge Design (jpg) 2017 Badge Design (pdf)

2017 Badge Design (gif) 2017 Badge Design (png)


Image Areli Jacobs Web

My design for the 2017 LGBT History Month badge was based on the theme “Law and Citizenship”. I wanted to create a visual symbol that would join together both.
After my research, I came up with the idea of using a finger print, since in a lot of places it is the mark left after voting, participating actively in society and the creation of community. At the same time, it represents identity, and how every person is different and unique (just as their finger prints) and why it is a motive for pride, since it is the seal of who we are. I incorporated the rainbow flag celebrating LGBT citizens, and embracing them as unique members of society.

ARELI JACOBS, 2017 Badge Designer, University of Bedfordshire

A poster advertising the 2017’s theme is available here




PDF Version: 2017 PSHE Citizenship and Law


Posters advertising the four faces of 2017’s theme are available here



PDF Version



The Factsheets describing the four faces of 2017’s theme are available here

Factsheet 1 Jackie ForsterFactsheet 2 Allan HorsfallFactsheet 3 Emmeline PankhurstFactsheet 4 Sylvia Rivera

PDF Versions (better for printing):

Jackie Forster Factsheet 1 Jackie Forster

Allan Horsfall Factsheet 2 Allan Horsfall

Emmeline Pankhurst Factsheet 3 Emmeline Pankhurst

Sylvia Rivera Factsheet 4 Sylvia Rivera


Further resources

pshelogoThe PSHE Association is the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, leading the effort to ensure that every pupil receives high-quality provision.

Good PSHE education begins with a well-planned programme. Our curriculum guidance section brings together the advice you need to develop your PSHE curriculum, and our invaluable resource library offers high-quality resources to help you put your plans into practice – from planning frameworks to detailed lesson plans. The resources here are either developed by the Association or quality assured by us against best practice criteria.

Find out more here

There are some paid for resources available on the PSHE Association website by EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) and the Christopher Winter Project.


LGBT+ Objects showcases material from across UK museums which reveals the diversity of ideas about gender and sexuality throughout world history, together with free lesson ideas for using each object as the basis of LGBT+ focused discussions with young people (in PSHE, RSE, other school subjects or out-of-school youth activities).

The resources were developed by the University of Exeter’s Sex & History project, Brook and RSE Hub, together with museum partners and young people.

Support was provided by Schools OUT UK  and Wellcome.

To access the free resources go to:

LGBT+ Objects

association-for-citizenship-teaching-logoACT is the subject assocation for Citizenship representing teachers and others involved in Citizenship education.

Our mission is to support the teaching of high quality Citizenship and to promote wider public understanding of the subject. We also promote research into the participation of young people in society.

Our work is led by our Council, a group of teachers and practitioners who are members of ACT from across the country and overseen by our Board of Trustees. We encourage all our members to help steer our work and have a leading role in Citizenship education nationally.

Find out more here

Shh Report Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘SRE: Shh… No Talking’ report, published in July 2016, highlighted that sex and relationships education (SRE) is inadequate or absent in many schools. The report was published following a survey of over 900 young people aged 16-24 and it revealed that:

  • 99 per cent of young people surveyed thought SRE should be mandatory in all schools
  • 97 per cent thought it should be LGBT inclusive
  • one in seven respondents had not received any SRE at all
  • over half (61 per cent) received SRE just once a year or less
  • half of young people rated the SRE they received in school as either ‘poor’ or ‘terrible’
  • just 2 per cent rated it as ‘excellent’ and only 10 per cent rated it as ‘good’
  • 95 per cent were not taught about LGBT relationships

Meanwhile, several key topics were conspicuously absent from respondents’ experiences of SRE:

  • 75 per cent of young people were not taught about consent
  • 95 per cent had not learned about LGBT sex and relationships
  • 89 per cent were not taught about sex and pleasure
  • 97 per cent missed out on any discussion around gender identity
  • three out of five respondents either didn’t remember receiving information on HIV in school (32 per cent) or didn’t receive information on HIV in school (27 per cent)

More information here

LGBT History Boards Promo Web

The Shrewsbury Hub: History Boards

History gets to you, especially once you realise how little we know ourselves, never mind how much the general public know about LGBT lives:

  • How people met each other
  • Where they could meet and feel safe, non-judged, accepted for who they are
  • The impact of being criminalised
  • The impact of being abused, discriminated against, ignored, demonised
  • ‘Coming out’ and sometimes lack of choice in ‘being out’
  • The ‘codes’ that helped people to ‘find’ each other and ‘share’ experiences without overtly announcing their sexuality

In a large rural county, finding and meeting people is harder and undoubtedly a lot of people gravitate towards larger cities and towns where there is more likelihood of a gay club, bar, group meeting and even an LGBT Community centre!! Also we know that some have come to the ‘metropolis’ of Shrewsbury from some very small rural communities

Our History Boards tell an ever-expanding story of LGBT lives in Shrewsbury – and the surrounding Shropshire County. They are A0 in size and we make them available for loan to schools, colleges, exhibitions and events.

You can download here a pdf version of our boards for free.

There is also an addendum from Oswestry Museum here

The LGBT Issue

The Sex Educational Supplement Volume 1 Issue 3

The Sex Educational Supplement Volume 1 Issue 3

Young people called for LGBT inclusive SRE en masse in a recent survey (Sex Education Forum, 2013), and this reflects a new solidarity amongst the next generation; they expect equalities legislation to be put into practice in school life and in the curriculum they are taught. The youngest age band (aged 16-24) surveyed in the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles were twice as likely as the older age-band (aged 65-74) to be accepting of male and female same-sex partnerships, with around half of the younger group believing that same-sex partnerships are ‘not at all wrong’ (Mercer, 2013). Legislation and attitudes have changed.

This magazine aims to show how straightforward it can be to make SRE inclusive. I hope you will be inspired to be creative and confident in developing your SRE to celebrate diversity and let love and respect shine through.

Download the magazine here



Rainbow Teaching is a volunteer run project aimed at supporting teachers in LGBTQIA+ inclusive teaching. LGBTQIA+ inclusion extends far beyond PSHE and into the language that we as teachers use, the policies we adopt, the activities we include in our lessons and tutor times, as well as our interactions with students, parents and staff. The project is headed by Allie – a bisexual, genderqueer English, Media and PSHE teacher – and our volunteers are LGBTQIA+ members of the teaching and academic communities who are all passionate about equality and inclusion.

Introduction to the Rainbow Teaching resources from Janet Palmer who was, until recently, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of schools and the National Lead for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education:

Rainbow Teaching have produced a range of high quality, free resources and guidance that support pupils’ learning about LGBT+ issues. These include how to teach sex and relationships education (SRE) using language that is inclusive of LGBT+ young people; how to challenge bigotry and prevent incidents of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying; how to safeguard pupils through their understanding of their rights and responsibilities; and how to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development through good equalities education.

Under Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework schools are expected to actively promote equality and diversity and tackle all forms of bullying and discrimination. The Rainbow Teaching resources enable teachers to do this by providing, among other things: basic definitions of LGBTQIA; tips about how to respond effectively to incidents of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and behaviours; and ideas for assemblies and lessons on diverse families, gender identity and recognising healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Click the image above to visit their site.

LGBT on Instagram

A superb instagram page – literally hundreds of LGBT photographs, including many rare pictures of activist heroes

Available here: @lgbt_history

The Proud Trust has teamed up with The People’s History Museum to bring you this year’s free LGBT History Month Pack for February 2017 on the theme of “Citizenship, PSHE and Law”.

This easy to use, three lesson pack, will guide you and your students through an exploration of LGBT history and changes to law in the UK, as well as having a look at the situation for LGBT people across Europe. The pack will also get young people thinking about what changes still need to happen and about the types of things they can do to raise awareness of this.

Click on their logo below to visit their page and download the resource pack and PowerPoint

The Proud Trust

NationalTrustPrejudice and Pride

The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites.

“Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride. We’ll be holding events, special exhibitions and much more.”

To read more about the Prejudice and Pride exhibitions, visit the National Trust’s Website here

Image Copyright National Trust

Image Copyright National Trust


To mark LGBT History Month, RCNi have brought together a selection of our articles for you to read for free, simply by registering to their website.

Click the logo to visit their website.


University of Bristol Produce LGBT+ History Interactive PHSE Lessons (KS 3-5)

This resource pack contains five lesson plans that can be used as a cohesive unit of work or as one off sessions and contains an extensive introduction and guidance for teachers.

The lesson make use of a digital map of Bristol’s LBGT+ history as an innovative and exciting method of engaging students in local LGBT+ history and its geographies. They are designed for use in within the PHSE curriculum but they will have crossover value in English, Geography and History.

The resource pack was developed as part of Mapping LGBT+ Bristol, a large collaborative project between the University of Bristol, local LGBT+ history group, OutStories Bristol, Bristol City Council and local LGBTQ+ Youth group, Freedom Youth.

Through engagement with this rich and locally relevant source material, the resources aim to cultivate in students, a connection to place and elicit profound reflection on social and philosophical questions around gender, sexuality, social norms, freedom, crime and punishment. The resources also raise methodological questions around what it is that different kinds of source material – like historic newspaper articles or oral history recordings – can tell us about the past as well as the difficulties one enters when trying to understand historic practices using contemporary concepts.

“I have taken a look at this site and I think it is excellent. Every town and city should have one! It fits beautifully with History Month.” Janet Palmer, Education Consultancy

click the image above to go to the site and download the resource pack.