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08 September 2016

5 things you can do to celebrate LGBT History Month 2017

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February is… LGBT History Month.

LGBT History Month is an opportunity to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBTI+ people have made to our country and the world at large.

Here are 5 things you can do to celebrate LGBT History Month.

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 heritage.

How you choose to interpret the theme is up to you; your event might focus on a specific space or place that has been important to LGBTI people in your community – a club, a coffee shop, a book shop, a centre – or the often hidden histories of LGBTI people.

You might focus on the history of a particular group – you might even look at the LGBTI heritage of your own youth or community group – or the contribution LGBTI people have made to a particular scene, like literature, music or engineering.

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! 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 focus on LGBTI heritage?

Read a book by an LGBTI author, watch an LGBTI-themed film, put on a quiz focused on LGBTI history.

Again, don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing so we can promote your event to the wider community – celebrating LGBTI history and making LGBTI identities visible can be a great way of letting LGBTI people know they’re welcome within your service, school or business.

3. Start wearing purple!

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Friday 24th 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 LGBTI community and stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Why not get creative? Host a Purple Pot-luck, sponsor someone to dye their hair (or beard!) or sell purple cupcakes in your foyer to raise money for an LGBTI charity!

We’ll have lots of purple goodies available soon to help you celebrate and raise money to support LGBT Youth Scotland’s work in Scottish schools – keep an eye on @LGBTHistoryScot for updates!

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 2017 in your own way by reading a book by an
LGBTI author, watching an LGBTI film on Netflix or wearing an LGBTI badge with pride

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, LGBTI and non-LGBTI people alike.

We’re not here to tell you what to do in your own communities – we’re  here to help you plan and promote your events, and make sure LGBT History Month Scotland goes off with a bang!

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

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