Did you know that LGBT people were persecuted by the Nazis in WW2 and forced to wear a pink triangle, like the Jewish yellow star? What about the fact that Florence Nightingale had same sex relationships?
LGBT people have been around since the dawn of time, however their stories have not often been told, and LGBT history is rarely taught. LGBT History Month (which happens each February) is an excellent opportunity for organisations and individuals, local community groups or national partnerships to highlight their own and others histories in an LGBT context.
It is also an opportunity for LGBT people and their families to tell their stories on what life was like for LGBT people in Scotland before LGBT equality was in the public consciousness and their continued personal and political struggles. It’s an opportunity for remembrance, celebration & debate and discussion around the continued struggle for LGBT liberation.
During LGBT History Month there are 100s of events which happen across Scotland and the UK. You can sign up here to the LGBT History e-newsletter for updates and ideas of running a History Month event of your own.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT)
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia was created in the year 2004, and is held each year on 17 May. Its purpose is to draw attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. If you want more information on IDAHOT, click here.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance happens every year on November 20. It is a day to memorialise those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.