That’s right, it's LGBT+ History Month! That time of year where we look back and learn about the very interesting history of the LGBTQ+ community! In this blog, we wanna give you the rundown of all the fun things you can do this month to celebrate!
So what is LGBT History Month? Originally founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school teacher Rodney Wilson, LGBT+ History Month evolved into a month-long event being celebrated in the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Greenland, Berlin and Hungary. February was chosen to be LGBT+ History Month as it coincided with the 2003 abolition of Section 23 which stated local authorities could not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality”.
Lets start with the historical faces via the LGBT+ History Month website! Linked below, you can go to their website and find loads of great posters with some significant LGBT+ Faces! One shown this year is of Mark Ashton, the political activist who spearheaded the ‘Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners’ (LGSM) to support the mining strikes.
Mark Ashton’s story is also told in the great movie called ‘Pride’ (2014) which depicts the LGSM movement. Check out the trailer below and watch the movie via Amazon Prime or youtube.
About Mark Ashton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74o9VlVRC9M
LGBT History Month Faces: https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/resources/lgbt-history-month/
Want something to do whilst celebrating this months theme? The National Maritime Museum will be running an “OUTing the Past” festival online with a whole evening of free talks and conversations by presenters from across the UK who will be discussing the experiences of non-western LGBTQ+ communities.
Get your free tickets here: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/outing-the-past
If that doesn’t interest you and you’re a bit more of a history buff, why not check out the Museum of London’s talk on ‘Poems, Plays and Politics: queer lives in the ancient world’ which will explore queer identities in the ancient classical worlds of Greece and Rome on the 19th Feb 2021 at 7pm.