Anthony Day, Customer Communications Manager
February is LGBT+ History Month in the UK. It’s a time to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) history and the ongoing struggle for LGBT+ rights. Much progress has been made over the years but there’s still a long way to go! In this blog post I’ll discuss LGBT+ rights activism in the UK, introduce a brief history of LGBT+ History Month, useful resources for the classroom and how teachers can support students to be LGBT+ champions and allies in school or college.
First celebrated in the UK in 2005, LGBT+ History Month was founded in 2004 by Schools OUT co-chairs, Paul Patrick and Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders, with the main aim to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
The UK has a long history of LGBT+ rights activism, with early movements dating back to the 19th century. However, it wasn’t until 1967 that the Sexual Offences Act partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. Since then, there have been significant advances in LGBT rights, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2014 and the Gender Recognition Act in 2018 which allowed transgender individuals to legally change their gender.
Despite these advances, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that LGBT+ people have full equality and protection under the law. Discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT+ individuals are still a major concern, and there are ongoing efforts to address these issues.
Here are some ideas and resources to support your students to become LGBT+ champions, allies and advocates:
You can also read about the work we’re doing to introduce topics in this area to our history qualifications and specifications in this blog post about raising awareness from Cambridge University Press & Assessment, and in history subject advisor Mike Goddard’s blog post about the history curriculum.
We’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts and any activities you’ll be running for LGBT+ History Month in the comments below. If you have any questions about the support we can offer you, you can email us email@example.com, call us on 01223 553998 or tweet us @ocrexams. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive information about resources and support.
Anthony joined OCR in April 2021. With over 15 years’ experience in marketing, communications and PR, he’s responsible for teacher and student communications, including a new Instagram account dedicated to our student audience, sharing subject-specific revision tips and advice on mental health, wellbeing and time management. He’s also a member of Cambridge University Press & Assessment’s Pride Network. Outside of work, Anthony enjoys spending time with his partner, family and four dogs!