In the UK, February is LGBTQ+ history month. Athena School is a Stonewall School Champion, so we will be looking forward to seeing plenty of LGBTQ+ history information go up around school.
The first ever LGBT+ history month took place in 2005. The official LGBT+ History month website defines the month as promoting equality and diversity, for the benefit of the public by:
- Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
- Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
- Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
Our Stonewall display, within school, will proudly feature historical LGBT+ people, and how they relate to the subjects we teach in school. For example, Jackie Kay is a well known gay author, and Frida Kahlo was a bisexual artist. LGBT+ history month is a great time to learn about people from the LGBT+ community and their contributions to society. For example, did you know that Alan Turing, a gay computer scientist, was responsible for breaking the German Enigma code in World War 2, and without his work, England would have continued to face a big disadvantage against the German military? How amazing!
You can find out more about LGBT+ history month on the Stonewall website, and the official LGBT+ history month website: