February 2021 is LGBT History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
It was initiated in 1994 by Missouri (USA) high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson who came out to his class. After teaching about the Holocaust, Wilson shared that he could have been killed for being gay had he lived during that time.
Missouri is part of the USA “Bible Belt”, socially conservative evangelical Protestantism.
LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community.
I aims to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievements and diversity and making it more visible.
Sue Sanders founded LGBT History Month 15 years ago to improve education and awareness of LGBT historical figures.
We need it because the ignorance is profound
A Living History of the LGBT Movement Since The 1800s
Wanda Sykes Takes Us Through the History of LGBTQ+ — Now You Know
What’s Happening in 2021
Obviously with the Covid Pandemic most if not all events are now being broadcast over the Internet. Here are a few places to start finding out more.
The Proud Trust
Each year, The Proud Trust teams up with Schools OUT UK and LGBT+ History Month to write a simple, easy to use, education and resource pack.
The Proud Trust is committed to improving the lives of LGBT+ young people through positive education. By providing even a small donation, you can help keep the LGBT+ History Month education pack free to schools and youth services.
February is LGBT History Month. Through the questions, issues and ideas raised in a selection of films this assembly supports young people to discuss the impact and limitations of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act as the first step on the continuing journey towards equal rights for LGBT people.