This February is LGBT History Month in the UK – a month dedicated to celebrating how far the community has come and remembering the people who fought for LGBT rights.
In the UK, LGBT History Month was started by Schools OUT UK, a charity that has been campaigning for LGBT rights for more than 40 years. The campaign was started in 2005 after the abolition of Section 28, an act that stated that a local authority ‘shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ or ‘promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’.
An easy way to show support of the LGBT community is through celebrating Purple Friday. Purple Friday this year is February 24, and it is a day when people wear something purple to show support for anyone they know who is part of the LGBT community.
There are many events throughout the year to be celebrated, such as Pride, where around the world many large cities have a parade to celebrate the community, as well as National Coming Out Day on October 11, which can be a day of great courage and strength for all who are ready to come out.
For many people, LGBT History Month reminds them of how far they have come and how much they have changed as a person. February will mean a lot to so many people: some might be remembering loved ones in the community and some just need a reminder that there are people who will support and love them for the beautiful human that they are.