Celebrate LGBT History Month

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.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. and is held to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. The organisers are committed to celebrate its diversity and that of the society as a whole and encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in all we do. LGBT History Month has been welcomed by the government. However, its origins lie with the grass roots.

The idea came from School’s Out!, a campaigning organisation of LGBT people involved in education. They took their inspiration partly from the US, where LGBT History Month has been celebrated since 1994. They also make respectful acknowledgement to the example of Black History Month.

Various events are being planned around the region with the following being organised by the Equalities and Community Cohesion Team of Bristol City Council ;

Taster exhibition of the Central Libraries’ collection of Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual and Transgender books.
In the Bristol Central Library throughout the month of February 2009
Contact: Jo McDonald, 922 2662, jo.mcdonald@bristol.gov.uk, or Adam Cutler 903 8532

Monday 9th February 2009
The Politics of Exclusion – showing of the film “Queer Nation” followed by workshop presented by Espeth Kydd, lecturer, in film studies at University of the West of England, 5.30 to 7.00 pm
The capacity of the event is 15 people. For people aged 16 years and over:
Contact: Asif Khan, 903 7218, asif.khan@bristol.gov.uk

Thursday 12 February 2009
6.00-9.00 Rose Green Centre.
For further information please contact the LGB Forum on 0117 353 4621
or email: admin@bristol-lgb-forum.org.uk