Happy LGBTQ+ History month to all APMP UK members!

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.

Whose idea was it?
It was launched in 2005 by educators Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick as part of the Schools Out UK project. This project aimed to educate young people and to make schools feel inclusive for everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. The LGBTQ+ History Month coincides with the 2003 abolition of Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act. This act meant that teachers could not ‘intentionally promote homosexuality’ within schools.
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