Planning is essential to developing a successful LGBT History Month programme. Start planning as early as possible, as projects take time to get off the ground, especially if you wish to secure the support of other partners or seek funding from other sources. The sooner you start the better!
LGBT History Month celebrations should be accessible to as many people as possible. Issues of accessibility must be considered when arranging a suitable venue for a LGBT History Month event.
Event organisers must ensure that they comply with national and local legal requirements on accessibility. In addition, make sure individual events are fully accessible to the specific groups you wish to attract (for example: wheelchair accessible, equipped with hearing loops, using large fonts, well-lit for the visually impaired).
LGBT History Month is a marvellous community tool. It encourages groups and individuals to be innovative and creative in their approach to running events, however its very diversity and flexibility make it difficult to give guidance about actual costs.
If you have limited funding, or wish to maximise your finances, it is always useful to think creatively. For example:
Work in partnership with existing contacts or develop positive relationships with new ones;
- Negotiate with venues and other providers: people may consider discounts for charities and equality events;
- Hold events in 'free' venues;
- Let others develop events for LGBT History Month – you could provide on-line support and information so that organisations and individuals could work on this independently;
- Get volunteers on board: they can bring their time, enthusiasm, expertise and experience to the LGBT History Month event.
In any case, always ensure that you have adequate insurance for your events.
Take time to plan, keep it simple with a clear message and/or target audience.
Remember to consider how you're going to evaluate it, adapting the evaluation to the event.