It’s 2024 and high time that LGBTQ+ History Month was recognised in every organisation.
This goes beyond the mere acknowledgement of diversity; it’s a gesture of inclusion, respect, and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community’s journey and contributions that are still creating change around the world.
Within this article, we will give a summary of the origins, purpose and key aspects of LGBT+ History Month, and provide actionable insights for you to implement in your organisation.
What is LGBTQ+ History Month?
LGBTQ+ History Month is dedicated to recognising and celebrating the history, achievements, and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. It serves as a reflective period to acknowledge LGBTQ+ history, including the pivotal moments from the decriminalisation of homosexuality, to the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights. It’s a time to explore the LGBTQ+ timeline, celebrating the victories within the gay rights movement and remembering the resilience during the AIDS epidemic.
Who started LGBTQ+ History Month UK?
Initiated in 2005 by educators Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick, LGBT History Month UK was established post the repeal of Section 28, marking a significant step towards creating safe spaces and fostering visibility for the LGBTQ+ community. This move underscored the importance of LGBTQ+ employee resource groups (ERGs) in advocating for inclusive environments.
Why is LGBTQ+ History Month UK in February?
Chosen to align with the abolition of Section 28, February symbolises a period of reflection on the strides made towards LGBTQ+ pride and the ongoing journey towards equality. This month serves as a reminder of the need for continued advocacy, visibility, and support from LGBTQ ERGs and allies alike.
The Difference between Pride and LGBTQ+ History Month
Pride month is celebrated in June and was born from the Stonewall riots of 1969. Pride month is proposed to celebrate gay liberation, particularly focusing on the present and future of the LGBTQ+ community, as opposed to the past.
What is the theme for LGBTQ+ History Month 2024?
For LGBTQ+ History Month 2024, the theme is: Medicine – #UndertheScope
This month invites us to take a closer examination of the contributions and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals in healthcare, highlighting the intersectionality within our communities and the importance of LGBTQ+ representation across all spheres, including medicine.
How do you celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month at work?
Educational events and workshops
Leverage this opportunity to educate on key aspects like the decriminalisation of homosexuality or the significance of transgender rights through LGBTQ+ timelines.
Showcase LGBTQ+ pioneers
Highlight the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ pioneers, such as Harvey Milk, ensuring LGBTQ+ representation is celebrated across your organisation.
Support LGBTQ ERGs
Empower your LGBTQ employee resource groups (ERGs) to lead initiatives that create safe spaces and promote queer culture and LGBTQ+ pride within the workplace.
Use the month to increase visibility for LGBTQ+ issues and the celebration of queer culture.
Acknowledge and discuss the concept of intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community, understanding how overlapping identities impact experiences of discrimination and privilege.
Commemorate key moments
Reflect on significant events in LGBTQ+ history, such as the fight against the AIDS epidemic and milestones in LGBTQ+ civil rights, to educate and inspire your workforce.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ advocates
At Guider, we understand the power of representation and advocacy. Share LGBTQ+ mentors in history with your workforce to inspire others into mentoring.
By thoughtfully integrating these elements, your workplace can celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in a way that honours the past, celebrates the present, and looks forward to a future of equality and understanding. This observance sends a powerful message that diversity and inclusion are core values that enrich the workplace culture.
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