As part of our new Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group, we are celebrating key dates in the calendar across the nine protected characteristics. This includes age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Beginning with our first calendar event – LGBTQ+ History Month.
What is LGBTQ+ History Month?
LGBTQ+ History Month occurs every February and raises awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history, as well as the issues faced by LGBTQ+ people. It provides the LGBTQ+ community and its allies with the opportunity to honour those who have come before us and raise awareness of the work still to be done to promote fairness/equality. This year’s theme is Body, Mind and Spirit.
Stonewall (LGBTQ+ rights charity) conducted a study in 2017, which found that two in five LGBTQ+ students in the UK had never been taught anything about LGBTQ+ issues in lessons. Today, LGBTQ+ History Month is seen as a way to raise awareness/educate not only those at school, but in the workplace to promote a more diverse and inclusive culture.
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APMP UK Diversity & Inclusion Focus Group