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LGBT History Month Around The West

LGBT History Month has arrived in the West with a large selection of events organised to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives and culture, and to recognise the significant contribution LGBT people have made to our country and the world at large.

An exhibition is being held inside the atrium at Wiltshire County Hall in Trowbridge highlighting landmark events in LGBT history, the current legal status around the world and general information on LGBT issues.

Allison Bucknell, portfolio holder for staffing equality, customer care and systems thinking, said: “Raising the flag underlines Wiltshire Council’s commitment to equality for all. I hope people will visit the exhibition in the atrium or at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and discover more about LGBT history”. The LGBT exhibition is located in the atrium at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge from 2 – 13 February and then at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham from 19 – 28 February.

To celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month, Somerset Libraries have compiled a list of book titles available which are either from, for, or about the LGBT community. The booklist will be on display in all Somerset libraries, and is available for members of the public to take away. It is categorised to help users find relevant titles, and identifies not only books that may be of interest to the LGBT community, but also titles by best-selling LGBT authors including Stephen Fry, Sarah Waters and Clare Balding.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “Education is so important in promoting equality and I welcome the efforts of our libraries to celebrate the literary achievements of the LGBT community.”

Meanwhile in Bristol, a wide variety of events are lined up, more details can be found on the LGBT Bristol Website