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It’s LGBT+ History Month!
 
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Celebrating the achievements, contributions and diversity of the LGBT+ community, discover this year’s themes and details of events happening across the country here.
 
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LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

The month is intended as a means to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible. It provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT+ community.

You’ll find details of events happening across Scotland to celebrate LGBT+ History Month here.

The Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association are also running a number of events this month in celebration – you’ll find all the details here, including twice weekly webinars throughout February.

In the UK, LGBT+ History Month is observed during February, to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in 2003. This year’s themes are unsung people and intersectionality.

Selective documenting of history and culture has been a pervasive issue for centuries, and the stories of LGBTQ+ people of colour are notably underrepresented, not least within the LGBTQ+ community itself. This marginalisation is not limited to race, as we have seen similar side-lining of disabled LGBTQ+ people, transgender people and women. To tell the story of LGBTQ+ activism, our triumphs and our tragedies, we should seek out and share these stories, as there is empowerment in representation.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, the academic recognised as the person who coined the term intersectionality, described it as "a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other". There is a lot to be learned from other parallel movements striving for equality. For example, to effectively address the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Muslims, we must begin by better understanding Islamophobia, its causes and effects, and consider how that form of oppression interacts with other forms like homophobia or transphobia. For many people, intersectionality is an appreciation that movements for equality and justice are more effective when they learn from one another and collaborate.

The University’s LGBT+ staff network enables LGBT+ colleagues to come together to share information, learn together, socialise and support each other all year round. By signalling a LGBT+ presence on campus, we can ensure we maintain a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which everyone can each reach their full potential without fear of discrimination. In the spirit of true inclusivity the network is also open to all staff who are supporters of LGBT+ and equality issues.

Find out more about our LGBT+ staff network here, or get in touch confidentially via lgbt@napier.ac.uk to be added to their confidential email distribution list and be invited to the network's secret Wrokplace by Facebook group.



 








 




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