The month of February celebrates LGBT+ History Month and this year’s theme is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’. This is linked to PSHE, for the second time.
WHY LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH?
LGBT+ History Month was founded in the UK by Schools Out UK and first took place in February 2005. The main aim is to increase awareness of LGBT people and history as well as highlighting and tackling the prejudice LGBT people face.
WHAT RESOURCES ARE THERE?
There are a number of resources, games, informative talks etc available from lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk. We’ve shared some that might be of interest below. To access these, you will need to visit the website:
MAYA ANGELOU’S AUTOBIOGRAPHIES – DRAMATISED ON BBC RADIO 4
RAINBOW QUEST BOARD GAME
FACT SHEETS AND VIDEOS OF THE LGBT+ FACES OF 2021
A DOWNLOADABLE LGBT+ HISTORY ‘VOICES AND VISIBILITY’ WALL CHART
You can also follow @LGBTHM on twitter or use the hashtag #LGBTHM21 to keep up to date with events.
WHY IS THE LGBT SYMBOL A RAINBOW?
The rainbow flag is seen as a symbol of a ‘new era, of hope and of social change’ (Schools Out UK). There is a history of rainbow flags being used all over the world for a number of reasons, however it’s been used as a symbol of gay pride and LGBT social movements since the 1970s. The rainbow colours represent inclusion and seeks to create a welcoming environment to LGBT people.
THE MODERN FLAG
The modern pride flag now includes stripes to represent the experiences of people of colour, as well as stripes to represent people who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming (GNC) and/or undefined.
THE ORIGINAL FLAG
(taken from lgbtplushistorymonth. co.uk) Created by Gilbert Baker in 1977 at the request of Harvey Milk, an LGBT activist. This flag is inspired by the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz (1939).
HOT PINK SYMBOLIZES SEX
RED EQUALS LIFE
ORANGE SYMBOLIZES HEALING
YELLOW STANDS FOR SUNLIGHT
GREEN REPRESENTS NATURE
TURQUOISE EQUALS MAGIC AND ART
INDIGO STANDS FOR SERENITY
VIOLET REPRESENTS THE SPIRIT OF LGBTQ PEOPLE