UK LGBT+ History Month is Every February

LGBT+ History Month 2021 has ended – and we’re planning for next year already!

LGBT+ History Month 2021 – ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ – has now ended. We’re sending out a massive thank you to everyone who made an event happen in February. Please post us pictures of your events (clearly labelled ‘for the 2021 Your Events Page’ to promotions@schools-out.org.uk) so we can be inspired by you all. 2021 badges are available from our shop.

This has been an amazing History Month thanks to your efforts. Your creativity and tenacity working exclusively online has meant that LGBT+ lives and issues have been visibilised and celebrated further than we could have covered physically.

Business and industry have celebrated – LinkedIn was full of events.

The BBC’s platforms provided something nearly every day, and explicitly said the content was for LGBT+ History Month – a first for them. Local radio also picked up on the month. Serendipitously shown in February, Russell T. Davies’ “It’s a Sin” is reverberating powerfully as a reminder that even recent LGBT+ history must be reclaimed and retold.

There are over 150 events on our calendar, which covers the whole year. Because of Covid, many have been recorded for posterity some with global audiences.

OUTing the Past was a great success. We will link up with OTP via our YouTube channel when the recordings are available.

With Prides now being announced it is possible we might soon see each other for real come the summer. And you’ll be able to support us financially by buying our badge and lanyards, our main source of finance. We are already planning for February 2022, when the theme will be Art In Politics – ‘the arc is long’, and will link to Art on the National Curriculum. We will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in Britain. Last September we launched a competition for young people aged 5 – 18 to design our traditional annual badge, and the winner will be announced in the coming months.

Please continue to support us in these difficult times.

You can:

Subscribe for FREE to OUTburst, our bulletin, for reports of events the Schools OUT UK committee attend. Follow LGBT+ History Month on Facebook to find podcasts, webinars and videos exploring our LGBT+ness.

Given our current pandemic situation we can’t take anything for granted, so we are exploring how to be flexible and thinking of new ways of communicating. Keep visiting this website and our other social media.

2021 resources are still available for FREE, and we will be adding many more so visit both the general resources and the specific 2021 tabs.

The Proud Trust work book and the primary workbook by John Yates-Harold that support the 2021 theme are here.

In the meantime, we hope you keep safe.
In solidarity, The Schools OUT UK team

In February and March, we support a very exciting, informative and celebratory month, to educate out prejudice and make LGBT+ people, in all their rich diversity, visible.

Download the 2021 logo here.

We are here for everyone.

Whether you work in education or youth work, or educate young people at home, in a museum, library or art gallery, are a member of a corporate LGBT+ network/social group or as an individual, you can:

  • Download our LGBT+ History ‘Voices and Visibility’ wall-chart. Put it on your noticeboard at work, or in your classroom (or home classroom).
  • View LGBT+ History Month’s  resources. You can download and use these to promote LGBT+ equality .
  • Follow us on social media to stay updated on queer issues. We’re on on Facebook Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Teach some of the over 80 lesson plans that usualise LGBT+ issues across the curriculum and for all ages at The Classroom.
  • Put some curriculum posters up in your classroom, common room or on your staff noticeboard.
  • Attend OUTing the Past if you are specifically interested in LGBT+ history. See the programmes that were presented in 2020 here.
  • Offer a presentation for next year’s OUTing the Past. Do you know a lot about an LGBT+ place or person?
  • Book an LGBT+ history presentation. This year they are online. See our 2021 presentations page.
  • Research LGBT+ topics during Lockdown. Then keep a look out for our call for papers for 2022. It will be on the OTP website and in our bulletin OUTburst.
  • Download The Proud Trust’s LGBT History Month Toolkit 2021. They’ve planned the work so you don’t have to. 

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