LGBT+ History Month is a wonderful time where we can celebrate ourselves. The LGBT+ Society, LGBT+ Network and many other societies have some fantastic events planned for this month!
While this is a time of celebration, we must remember how far we have come and how far we still have to go. The theme of this year’s LGBT+ History month is Activism and it’s important to remember the names and stories of those that got us here.
Martha P. Johnson, a black gay gender non-conforming drag queen, was one of the most prominent figures in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, New York, paving the way for the rights we have today.
The LGBT+ community is the broadest: we encompass everyone!
No matter your race, religion, culture, class, gender identity, or disability: you can find yourself being LGBT+! We must always focus on these intersections throughout our activism and centre those voices to ensure no one is left behind or misunderstood.
We still have a long way to go: ensuring inclusive safe sex education, reforming the Gender Recognition Act, reducing the illegally long waiting times for Gender Identity Clinics, and addressing racism and ableism within queer spaces. Tackling homophobia in schools so these views don’t pervade into university life.
If you haven’t been to one of our events before, come along and see what it’s all about! We do specific intersectional events, coffee socials, movie nights, a day trip, or a picnic! We also do self-care socials, educational events, political and panel discussions. Or you can just join us for the bar crawl and club night!
We cant wait to meet you this LGBT+ History Month!