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LGBT History Month 2024: When It Is, and How to Celebrate

LGBT History Month is an annual observance that celebrates the achievements and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people throughout history. Its primary purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about the issues and challenges faced by the queer community around the world.
When Is LGBT History Month 2024?

Different countries and regions commemorate LGBT History Month at different times of the year. In the United States and Canada, it is observed in October, coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11th and the first march on Washington in 1979; In the United Kingdom, it is celebrated in February, marking the anniversary of the abolition of Section 28 – a law that prohibited the promotion of homosexuality in local authorities and schools. Australia, for its part, commemorates LGBT History Month in November, to coincide with the anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

How to Celebrate LGBT History Month 2024

There are many ways to celebrate LGBT History Month and show your support for the queer community. Here are some useful suggestions:

Learn more about queer history and culture

Why not immerse yourself in LGBT literature, documentaries, podcasts, or even visit museums and exhibitions celebrating the lives of LGBT people across various different backgrounds and time periods? You could also research the history of the gay rights movement in your own country and around the world.

 

We recommend:

  • “Some Families” - The UK’s first LGBTQ+ parenting podcast features true, funny and often emotional stories from the queer community, debunking LGBT parenting myths and answering questions for people considering parenthood.
  • "The Celluloid Closet" (1995) - Based on the book by Vito Russo, this documentary examines the historical portrayal of LGBT characters in Hollywood.
  • "Paris is Burning" (1990) - This classic documentary offers an insightful look at the New York drag ball culture of the 1980s, exploring race, class, sexuality and gender.
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Express yourself and your identity

One of the best ways to support the queer community is by being unashamedly yourself! How often is your choice of outfit a direct reflection of societal expectations? By questioning gender norms and being willing to find your authentic you, you can show your support and solidarity with the LGBT community. Alternatively, you can also show your support by simply wearing rainbow colours or symbols, such as the Pride flag, badges and stickers. Social media platforms and hashtags can also be utilised to spread awareness and positivity about queer culture and gender and sexuality.

Support and connect with LGBTQ+ people and organisations

Another way to celebrate LGBT History Month 2024 is to donate to or volunteer for local charities, as these provide life-saving services and resources for queer people in crisis. Organisations such as MindOut, New Family Social and Akt are always happy to welcome new volunteers, and Compass staff are also reminded that they can use their Volunteer Day to help out.

How Compass Is Celebrating

If you are wondering how to celebrate LGBT History Month at work, at Compass Fostering, we recognise the importance of providing a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment for our foster carers, young people and staff. So with that in mind, here are just some of the ways we are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, both within our organisation and beyond:

New partnerships

Compass Fostering is proud to be partnering with Akt, a charity dedicated to supporting LGBT people facing homelessness throughout the UK. Akt helps young people find safety and security by providing pathways into safer housing, access to social support, and routes into training and employment. Our staff are encouraged to donate to Akt directly to help them continue this vital work.

Informative videos

Throughout the month, we will be sharing a series of informative videos that shed light on the experiences of queer people facing homelessness. We hope these will serve to educate our staff about the challenges and opportunities of supporting queer people in need.

Insightful discussions

On Wednesday the 21st of February, between 1-2pm, Akt will be joining us to discuss their work, including statistics on homelessness amongst LGBT people and what they are doing to provide support. This will be an interactive session, where our staff will have the opportunity to ask questions, share their views, and learn more about Akt’s vision and mission. We are looking forward to this informative discussion, and hope all of our staff will be able to join us.

Why Do We Celebrate LGBT History Month?

LGBT History Month is a time to celebrate the past, present and future of queer people and their contributions to society. It is also a time to educate ourselves and others about the diversity and richness of queer culture and history, and to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and justice. By celebrating LGBT History Month, we can honour the legacy of our queer pioneers and heroes, and inspire the next generation.

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