It's National LGBT History Month!
And we've got all the info.
It’s officially February, and you know what that means. Yes, Valentine’s Day may be approaching – those torturous 24 hours where smug couples unite globally, flocking to Insta to brag about their posh dinners and glorious lives of love and fulfilment, and singletons go out “on the lash” to forget it all.
But February is more important than that in our eyes, and that’s because it’s National LGBT History Month!
LGBT History Month is all about celebrating equality and diversity. LGBT (as you may know) stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans. LGBT History Month aims to raise awareness about the issues the LGBTQ+ community face and have faced in the past, and recognises their right to live peacefully within a larger community, and to achieve their full potential.
A big aim for LGBT History Month is to promote education in schools about LGBT lives, history and experiences. On their website they give vital LGBT information out to parents, educators and students. They provide parents with knowledge about equality laws, they provide resources for educators so that they can teach LGBT history in an all-rounded, positive and well informed way, and information for students where there are gaps in their knowledge.
The LGBT community has often faced discrimination due to mainstream societal values and taboos, and have had to fiercely campaign for change. Nowadays in the Western world it’s largely recognised that who you fancy doesn’t determine who you are or how you should be treated (thank God). People are just people, and everyone deserves respect and equal opportunities.
However, the struggle isn’t over. In some areas in the world, like in many African countries, gay marriage is still illegal. And it STILL hasn’t been legalised in Australia (Kylie Minogue is one of the high profile Aussie celebs who has done a lot to contribute to the “Say I Do Down Under” campaign). Even in the UK the struggle isn’t completely over against sexuality-based discrimination.
We're seeing more celebrity icons who both identify as non-heterosexual and non-cis, as well as straight allies who are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community. Speaking up and owning your sexuality or gender identity is largely encouraged on social media, and sexuality is recognised more and more as a sliding scale rather than a binary straight or gay system.
As a way to celebrate LGBT History month, the LGBT History Month Organisation suggest you support its partner LGBT education charity called Schools Out UK, which raises money for LGBT inclusion and education in schools. Check it out!
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