Throughout February, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History is recognised across the UK. The month provides an opportunity to explore, celebrate and remember the significant contributions LGBT people have made to the country as well as reflecting on the challenges faced over years of discrimination.
LGBT History Month is particularly poignant in 2017 as it coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality. The Sexual Offenses Act, passed in 1967, decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21 in England and Wales. This week also saw the announcement of the new ‘Alan Turning Law’ enabling individuals with historic sexual offences to be pardoned and extending to posthumous pardons.
What can you get involved in?
The University are supporting a range of events, activities and resources for staff and students to explore:
- LGBT History Timeline – the Equality and Diversity team have worked with colleagues in the Law School to develop a timeline of LGBT History in Britain. From Roman times to the current day, this narrative explores the many events that have shaped people’s lives.
- Celebrating women in LGBT History – Walk. Talk. Feast. – The Proud Trust are organising a three-part celebration of the roles women have played in recent LGBT history. The event will include a history walk about Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre and discussion from Dr Kate McNicholas-Smith about lesbian and bisexual representations and in/visibility.
- Guided Tour of the Never Going Underground Exhibition – The People’s History Museum are opening an exhibition curated by members of the local LGBT+ community on 25th
- LGBT History Month Quiz – Join members of Manchester Met’s LGBT Staff Forum and University of Manchester’s LGBT Staff Network in the annual quiz.
- MMU Library’s LGBTQ Resources Guide – Explore links to information and library resources about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) lives and experiences.
If your area is organising activities to celebrate LGBT History Month we would love to hear about them, get in touch at email@example.com.
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