LGBT History Month is specific to Hungary, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.
There is some variation as to when this takes place, for instance:
- In the United States, Canada, and Australia, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on 11th October.
- Whereas Hungary and the United Kingdom, it is observed during February; in the UK this coincides with a major celebration of the abolition of Section 28.
- In Greenland and Brazil it is celebrated at the same time as their annual Pride parades during summer.
- Finally, in Berlin it is known as Queer History Month and is celebrated in June.
Celebrate LGBT History
In the UK, this month-long celebration provides insight and education into issues faced by the LGBT community. Since its inception, the aim has been to primarily teach young people about the history of the gay rights movement and to promote an inclusive modern society.
It began in the UK in 2005 (11 years behind the USA) when it was organised by teachers Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick as part of a School’s Out UK initiative.
It has a new theme each year, and in 2020 this was Poetry, Prose and Plays.
In 2021, the theme is Body, Mind, Spirit.
Who Takes Part?
LGBT History Month is marked by schools, colleges and various organisations across the country, who work to increase young people’s awareness of the LGBT+ community through education.
There are thousands of events that take place across the country including talks and discussions from prominent figures, as well as queer city tours and performances to honour this year’s theme.
If you are interested in taking part, you can grab some resources and find out specifics about the theme for LGBT History Month in the UK for 2021: https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/resources/lgbt-history-month/