Since 2005, LGBT History Month has been celebrated in the UK in February. Building on the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, its celebration provides opportunities for all to focus on, retrieve and establish the stories of the experiences, contributions and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
LGBT History Month is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.
Until recently, most LGBT people preferred to avoid attention. Many still do. Even today, the penalties for those who refuse to conceal themselves, or fail to do so, can be severe. They can range from ostracism and victimisation to assault and even murder.
In the past, the silencing of LGBT people was often reinforced by legislation. The most recent example was Section 28, passed in 1988 and repealed in 2003, which was intended to restrict debate on homosexuality, particularly in schools.
Many community and support groups around the region have planned special events throughout the month, these include plays, workshops, networking events and much more.
Throughout LGBT History Month, Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum is hosting a blog where
you can leave messages of support, hope and encouragement for anyone who’s
LGBT and living with domestic violence and abuse. Bristol Central Library will also be featuring stock that is either by or about the LGBT community.
Also in Bristol Central Library, in the Holden Entrance, from Saturday 5th February to Monday 21 February a display of memorabilia loaned from lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women in Bristol, celebrating their history.