LGBTQ+ History Month
What is LGBTQ+ History Month?
LGBTQ+ History Month takes place during February, and we will be hosting a number of live events and sharing some recommended reading and watching.
Please view the individual links for each week's content.
Established in the 90s in America, the month is intended to educate school children on LGBTQ+ history and the community’s continued struggle to achieve equality for all. In the UK, it was initially set up by SchoolsOUT (an LGBT Q+ charity and support network) in 2005, and has since evolved to be a nationally recognised observance across the UK by schools, organisations and public bodies. The month came shortly after the abolition of Section 28. For more on this, watch our recommended video for Wednesday 17 and the webinar on Thursday 18.
To help make sure everyone is able to participate in the Council’s activities during February, it might be helpful to share some guidance on what LGBTQ+ means, and to introduce some of the other terms that you may encounter.
The week two live event - Mythbuster and allyship with the LGBTQ+ community with Morwan Osman and Zainabb Hull - covers a lot of the same content and you may prefer to watch the recording of the event below.
LGBTQ+. What does the abbreviation stand for?
L: Lesbian. A woman who is romantically, sexually and/or emotionally attracted to women.
G: Gay. Typically a man who is romantically, sexually and/or emotionally attracted to men. Some women prefer to refer to themselves as gay.
B: Bisexual. A person who is romantically, sexually and/or emotionally attracted both to others who may be the same gender or those of a different gender.
T: Transgender. A person whose gender identity and or gender expression differs from the gender assigned at birth.
Q: Queer or Questioning
Queer: This can be an umbrella term typically used to describe anyone who is not straight or cisgender (see definitions of these terms below). Queer was used as a derogatory slur against an LGBTQ+ person, however some within the community are trying to reclaim the term so that it has positive associations.
Questioning: Someone who is unsure how they identify. They may be questioning their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity.
+: Encompassing the wide array of different gender identities.
Straight: A person who is romantically, sexually and/or emotionally attracted to the ‘other’ gender (e.g. man and woman).
Cisgender: A person whose gender identity corresponds with their gender assigned at birth.
There are more terms that you may be unsure of and these are all helpfully explained in the Stonewall Glossary.
One of the most important things to remember is that this month is about education and knowledge. Please feel welcome to ask questions and to share your own knowledge and experiences.
We are working with Encompass to welcome voices from within the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that, as with any external speakers, there may be some opinions expressed that are not necessarily held by the Council.
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