LGBT+ History Month
LGBT+ History Month has been happening every February in the UK since 2005. The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
This is done by:
- Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
- Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
- Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
The theme for the month in 2020 was poetry, prose and plays, highlighting all the amazing LGBT+ writers throughout British history, like Dawn Langley Simmons, E.M. Forster, Lorraine Hansberry, and William Shakespeare.
Imperial celebrated with a range of events, including a panel discussion with YA authors Darren Charlton, Cynthia So and Kay Staples, who talked about their experiences as LGBTQ+ writers telling LGBTQ+ stories for teenagers.