Wednesday 01-02-2017 - 17:51
Today marks the beginning of LGBT+ History Month 2017. Read on to see what the NUS LGBT+ Campaign has planned for February.
LGBT+ History Month has been celebrated in the UK since February 2005 with the purpose of remembering the impact LGBT+ people have had on history and looking forward to how we can build a more equal and progressive future.
The contributions of LGBT+ people throughout history are all too often erased from the history books. This is particularly true of the contributions of marginalized groups within the LGBT+ community, such as QTIPOC [Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Colour]. This stems in part from the combined impact of racism and LGBT+phobia but is also intrinsically linked to the racism that is all too common within the LGBT+ community.
The NUS LGBT+ Campaign believes that these incredible QTIPOC and their contributions should be celebrated not just during LGBT+ History Month, but every month. So this year we’ll be shining a spotlight on QTIPOC contributions not only from the past but those doing great things in today’s society, and this won’t end on 1 March.
My plans for #LGBTHM17 and how you can get involved
As we’ve decided to focus our efforts on QTIPOC inclusion this LGBT+ History Month I’ll be visiting hundreds of LGBT+ societies throughout the month and talking specifically about QTIPOC in history. Email me on: Melantha.firstname.lastname@example.org to invite me to come and speak on your campus.
The last of our QTIPOC roundtables will be taking place in Swansea on 3 February, find more out about them here. From these roundtables we’ll be creating recommendations for our campaign, your unions and your LGBT+ societies which we’ll be distributing at the end of the month.
I’ve partnered up with Terrence Higgins Trust and Student Pride to run a lobbying campaign to get inclusive and compulsory Sex and Relationship Education. We’ll be sending Valentine’s Cards to MPs, here’s the link to the London workshop. Get in touch to find out where the closest workshop to you is being run.
I’ll be heading to Student Pride on the last weekend of the month. It’s set to be an amazing weekend, buy your tickets here. Make sure to get tickets for the Sunday film screening too as we’ll be watching Moonlight, a Golden Globe Award winning film about the experiences of black gay men.
Lastly, at the end of the month I’ll be launching a campaign around estranged students with Stand Alone, making sure your unions are supporting estranged students. If you’re an estranged student and would like to be in the launch video get in touch!
As you can see it’s going to be a busy month! Don’t forget to contact me if you want to get more involved or want me to come and visit your union.
- Access the guide to planning your LGBT+ History Month Guide here
- I’ve created a guide on QTIPOC History which; explores ten influential QTIPOC with profiles, ways to make your history month more inclusive and suggests some organisations that might you might want to find out more about or even invite to speak on your campus. Click here to see it.
- LGBT+ Women are also often erased from the History books so I’ve created a guide surrounding LGBT+ Women in History and how to raise their profile on your campus here
- LGBT+ History Month Posters of the following influential people for you to put up around your union;
- Bayard Rustin here
- Audre Lorde here
- Marsha P Johnson here
We’re providing resource packs which will contain all the above plus; NUS LGBT+ campaign rainbow badges and a bi-inclusivity toolkit. Email us on email@example.com to request a pack for your union.
Have a liberating and empowering History Month!