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LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month

UCU is proud to support LGBT history month, which is celebrated in February in the UK.

UCU's LGBT history month 2017 booklet contains information which could be useful in ongoing work around sexual orientation and gender identity equality: LGBT history month 2017 booklet [3mb]

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, including the history of lgb and t rights and related civil rights movements.  In the United Kingdom, it is celebrated in February each year, to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28.

LGBT History Month was initiated in the UK by Schools Out UK and first took place in February 2005. The event is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBT people and history.

Go to the LGBT History Month website for more details -

Removing the Barriers

UCU has produced a film about the progress in achieving LGBT rights, current barriers encountered to realising these rights in full, and ways to celebrate the success. The core aims of the film are to raise visibility of LGBT people, particularly at LGBT History Month (February) and raise awareness about historical and current progress and challenges. The film also demonstrates how important trade unions are in the realisation of rights and can serve as a resource to branches in promoting their work and the centrality of equality within the union movement.

Voices and visibility wallchart

A wallchart was launched at TUC LGBT conference and Pride in London in June 2015. The aim has been to produce a resource to support those raising awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity equality and diversity. Centred on the United Kingdom, it highlights important legal milestones and identifies visible and significant contributions made by individuals, groups and particularly the labour movement.

The free LGBT wallchart can be downloaded here.