As February approaches we enter into our LGBT History Month. A time to reflect on our history.
Rejoicing in the amazing people, events and remembering the things that should never have happened and look at ways to educate the world so that we are not going to repeat history.
As we look into our LGBT history, the past generations and the lives of so many people around the world who have made our history what it is, for both good and bad.
Some of our history timeline can be found below, and the impact it has had not just on our community but the world.
Below is a very brief history timeline.
The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the twentieth century fight for LGBT rights in the United States.
Pride has been Organised by several Organisations since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally which was held in London on 1 July 1972 (chosen as the nearest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969) with approximately 2,000 participants.
In November 2002, the Adoption and Children Act passed into law and, for the first time, allowed unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to apply for joint adoption. You can also adopt as an individual.
The Act came into effect on 30 December 2005.
Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. This means an adoption agency must assess you fairly, using the same criteria. They could not turn down an adoption application just because the applicant was LGBT.
The UK Government passes the Equality Act 2010, providing protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament which allows same-sex couples to marry in Scotland since 16 December 2014. The bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 June 2013 by Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. The bill passed Stage 3 on 4 February 2014.
It received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014.
These are a very small part of our history timeline and we would ask that over the month of February you would research our history, looking forward with hope for a brighter future.