We’re off! Leeds is lighting up its civic city centre buildings in Rainbow colours this evening to celebrate the beginning of LGBT History Month UK. Keep your eyes peeled and see how many establishments have put up the rainbow flag to celebrate the 14th LGBT History Month across the nation.
Throughout February this year our 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.
Check our resources to see what’s available this year. Look at our calendar to see what’s happening where you are. If you have an event, put it up on our calendar. Check out the OUTing the Past National LGBT History Festival hubs during February to find out which one you can attend.
Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2018 Resource Pack, with a foreword by Stuart Milk and an introduction by Sue Sanders that you can access free here
A Happy LGBT History Month