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Happy LGBT History Month 2013!

This February marks the 9th annual LGBT History Month.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month was initiated in 2005 by Schools Out – an organisation that campaigns against LGBT discrimination in education – in the wake of the abolition of Section 28, the Tory amendment that prevented the “promotion of homosexuality in schools” for 15 years. This Tory amendment created the invisibility of LGBT people within schools and created an environment where homophobia, biphobia and transphobia were allowed to run rampant.

Too often LGBT people in the past have been rendered invisible – literally written out of history. However, the purpose of LGBT History Month is not only to remember and commemorate the achievements and impact of LGBT people throughout history, but also to create a future for LGBT people where discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity does not exist.

Anyone under the illusion that LGBT discrimination no longer exists need only look to the homophobia surrounding the debate on gay marriage.

Today MPs will vote for the first tome on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. This is the first key parliamentary step towards securing marriage equality in England and Wales.

Yet as the BBC reports that over 120 of Tory MPs are expected to vote against same sex marriage today in the Parliamentary vote.

That so many MPs from the governing party in Britain are against equality for LGBT people with regards to marriage is an alarming indictment of our society.

This LGBT History Month let’s make a pledge to renew our commitment to ridding society of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Student Broad Left is proud to support LGBT History Month and throughout February we will be publishing articles from LGBT students and activists on key issues currently facing the LGBT community. If you are interested in getting involved in our LGBT History Month activities or writing an article for us, please get in touch – info@studentbroadleft.org.uk.

Have a fantastic LGBT History Month!

More information about LGBT History Month

Check out the official LGBT History Month website, which includes news, resources and events taking place across Britain through the month.

Also get in contact with the NUS LGBT Campaign who can help you with organising events on your campus to celebrate LGBT History Month.

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