February is… LGBT History Month.
LGBT History Month is an opportunity to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBT+ people have made to our country and the world at large.
Here are 5 things you can do to celebrate LGBT History Month 2016:
1. Host an event
Every year, LGBT History Month Scotland has a theme to help us shape our programme, and help you shape your events. This year, we’re putting the spotlight on LGBT innovators.
How you choose to interpret the theme is up to you; your event might focus on a famous LGBT person – an activist, an author, a musician, a sportsperson – or you might choose to highlight someone you feel hasn’t been given the recognition they deserve. You might want to focus on the unsung heroes who have made a difference in your own area, or your local LGBT community.
Your event doesn’t have to be huge – it’s about quality, not quantity, and you’ll know what works best in your community.
Previous events have included film screenings, literary readings, photography exhibitions, open mic nights – we’ve even had a big queer roller disco!
Whatever you’re doing – let us know! Get your event information to us by Friday 4th December to be included in our LGBT History Month Scotland 2016 brochure. You don’t need to have everything figured out – just let us know what’s happening, where and when, and we can help you promote the event to the wider community.
Check out the Hosting an Event page to help you plan your event.
2. Make your regular event an LGBT History Month event…
LGBT History Month isn’t just about hosting or attending big events. If you host any sort of regular activity – a youth group, a film night, a book group – why not use it to celebrate LGBT innovators?
Read a book by an LGBT author, watch an LGBT-themed film, or use the space to discuss the LGBT innovators who have been important to you.
Don’t forget to tell us what you did – or send us a picture – on Twitter @LGBTHistoryScot
3. Start wearing purple!
Friday 26th February is… Purple Friday. To mark the last Friday of LGBT History Month, we’re asking you to wear purple to show your support for the LGBT community and stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
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.
Why not get creative? Host a Purple Pot-luck, bake some purple cupcakes or hold a purple knit-a-thon - don't forget to let us know what you're doing over at @LGBTHistoryScot!
4. Take a small step…
LGBT History Month is about changing hearts and minds, and we believe that small steps make big change.
No events near you? No problem! Celebrate LGBT History Month 2016 in your own way by reading a book by an LGBT author, watching an LGBT film on Netflix, wearing an LGBT badge with pride - you could even write us a blog about a Scottish ‘LGBT innovator’ who’s important to you and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know what small step you’re taking using the hashtag #lgbtsmallsteps
5. Use your imagination!
LGBT History Month is for everyone: individuals, community groups, organisations, service providers, LGBT and non-LGBT people alike.
We’re here to help you plan and promote your events, and make sure LGBT History Month Scotland goes off with a bang. We’re not here to tell you what to do in your own communities.
If you’ve got an idea you’d like to talk through with us, we’re here to help – get in touch!
LGBT History Month is a project delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland. To find out more about the work that LGBT Youth Scotland does, visit: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk