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.
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+
find details of events happening across Scotland to celebrate LGBT+ History
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
out more about our LGBT+ staff network here, or get in touch confidentially via firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to their confidential email distribution list and be invited to the network's secret Wrokplace by Facebook group.