LGBT History Month takes place in February each year. At its heart, it is an opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture and to recognise the achievements of LGBT people and communities. The ethos of LGBT History Month is one of inclusion.
- LGBT History Month is not a festival; it is a tool that can be used to engage people in discussion and challenge stigma and stereotypes. It is about education, celebration and shared understanding. The values listed below should underpin the work of individuals, agencies and organisations working within LGBT History Month:
- Recognise and promote awareness of LGBT history;
- Celebrate the contributions made by LGBT people to society;
- Reflect on the history of discrimination of LGBT people;
- Educate and inform subsequent generations of LGBT history, highlighting discrimination and celebrating diversity;
- Focus national attention on the LGBT community, and enhance LGBT equality at a local and national level;
- Champion LGBT rights internationally;
- Challenge and eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia;
- Promote an inclusive and equal society, free from homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
- When planning your event, project or activity it can be helpful to reflect on these values and ensure that they are at its heart, from planning through to evaluation.
LGBT History Month is a flexible tool. LGBT culture is very diverse and can be expressed in many ways by different people in various cultural contexts. It can be used by everyone and customised to suit individual needs. Just as there is no one 'true' LGBT culture or identity, neither is there a 'one size fits all' for LGBT History Month.
LGBT History Month can be used by everyone: community groups, organisations, individuals, professionals, activists, service providers, LGBT and non-LGBT people alike. It is largely celebrated through 'events'. Events come in many different shapes or sizes: performances, film screenings, book readings, club nights, discussion groups, parties, exhibitions, themed walks, lectures, sports events, debates, quizzes, games, information sessions, and whatever else you can think of!