About LGBT History Month
Throughout February this year the theme is Geography: Mapping the World. We will be commemorating 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 this year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, especially now that our friends in Australia and up to 16 more central and south American nations will be able to enjoy same-sex weddings.
The Proud Trust is thrilled to bring you the LGBT History Month Resource and Education Pack for 2018, in conjunction with Schools OUT UK. We’re also delighted that Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey, co-founder of Harvey Milk Foundation and international LGBT rights campaigner, has also contributed, by writing the foreword.
This three session pack will help you bring LGBT awareness into your youth groups or classrooms, and could be delivered as part of PSHE, history or geography! This year’s pack has been quality assured by the PSHE Association.
There is a 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
Inaugural LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson has kindly made herself available for LGBT History Month events available for LGBT History Month events. In her own words: I’m happy to come along and support your LGBT History Month event with site/event specific poetry.
My work explores the external & internal landscapes of our LGBTQ+ Community. It records our History and Celebrates our Diversity.
During my tenure I’ve worked with: Pride in London (theme poem 2016/17) The British Library. M Shed. National Trust. Tate Modern. Sky TV. Ch4. BBC. Incite@The Phoenix. Amnesty International. ELOP. Stonewall. Kings College. Cambridge University.
Please check out my website for examples of my poetry and videos of my performance.