February is… LGBT History Month.
LGBT History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have made to Scottish society and the world at large and to create a space for dialogue, debate and learning.
Every year, events take place across Scotland run by community groups, businesses and local authorities including schools, colleges and universities.
5 ways your college, university or student society can take part in LGBT History Month Scotland
1. Host an event
LGBT History Month is a community effort, and it wouldn’t be possible without the passion and commitment of people from all over Scotland coming together and hosting events.
Student societies have been a huge part of LGBT History Month in the past. For the past three years, GULGBTQ+ have run their annual Queerfest programme of events and workshops. Last year, EUSA put together a huge programme including storytelling sessions, film nights, a cabaret night and a lecture from MSP, Patrick Harvie. Robert Gordon University held an equality fair and helped us support our Sports theme with their Rainbow Laces campaign.
We’ve already heard from some of you about the events you’ve got planned for this year's LGBT History Month and it’s shaping up to be another exciting year!Still planning your event? Check out our range of resources, including our LGBT History Month toolkit, for some handy hints on planning, promoting and evaluating!
2. Take part in our Purple Friday campaign
To mark the last Friday of LGBT History Month we’re asking anyone who stands up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia to wear purple to college or university and tweet us their #purpleselfie.
Colleges and universities who take part in Purple Friday can also use the opportunity to raise vital funds to support LGBT Youth Scotland’s schools work. Why not hold a bake sale selling purple cupcakes, hold a purple knit-a-thon or get sponsored to dye your hair purple for the day?
Tweet us your #purpleselfie and – if you can – donate £3 by texting 'PURP28 £3' to 70070. Your donation will support LGBT Youth Scotland’s work challenging homophobia in Scottish schools.
3. Let us know your #lgbtsmallsteps
LGBT History Month isn’t just about hosting or attending big events; we want to celebrate the small, personal ways people have marked the occasion.
The idea is simple: choose a small step from the list on our website or come up with an idea of your own; carry out the action during February and let us know how it went by using the hashtag #lgbtsmallsteps on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Vine, or leaving a message on the LGBT History Month Facebook.
We can send you some of our #lgbtsmallsteps postcards – why not make an #lgbtsmallsteps display and find out what people throughout your college or university have done to mark the occasion? Order your postcards now!
4. Put up LGBT History Month posters
LGBT young people tell us that seeing LGBT-inclusive imagery on posters and marketing materials helps them feel safe and included.
You can make a visual statement with posters or a display to mark February as LGBT History Month.
LGBT Youth Scotland can provide you with LGBT History Month resources, and we’re in the process of designing a new poster.
5. Get involved with the LGBT National Youth Council’s ‘Time For T.E.A.’ campaign
The LGBT National Youth Council (LGBT NYC) is a network of youth groups and young people from across Scotland that campaign on issues important to LGBT young people.
Their current campaign, ‘Time For T.E.A. (Transgender Education Awareness)’, aims to raise awareness and understanding of transgender identities in Scottish Education.
We can’t wait to hear about it!