LGBT History Month shines a spotlight on LGBT history and culture. It's a celebration and an opportunity to reflect on progress made and challenges yet to overcome. We're thrilled to now unveil the theme for February 2021: Unsung
Selective documenting of history and culture has been a pervasive issue for centuries, and the stories of LGBTQ+ people of colour are notably underrepresented; not least within the LGBTQ+ community itself. This marginalisation is not limited to race, as we have seen similar side-lining of disabled LGBTQ+ people, transgender people and women. To tell the story of LGBTQ+ activism, our triumphs and our tragedies, we should seek out and share these stories, as there is empowerment in representation.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, the academic recognised as the person who coined the term intersectionality, described it as "a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other". This year, we want participants to take the opportunity to explore this concept.
There is a lot to be learned from other parallel movements striving for equality. For example, to effectively address the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Muslims, we must begin by better understanding islamophobia, its causes and effects, and consider how that form of oppression interacts with other forms like homophobia or transphobia.
For many people, intersectionality is an appreciation that movements for equality and justice are more effective when they learn from one another and collaborate.
Want to take part?
2021 is going to be a pretty unconventional year for LGBT History Month. The uncertainty caused by the pandemic means that it’s unlikely organisations and community groups will be able to host in-person events in the same way as previous years. That said, we know that there are some adept techies out there who have embraced platforms like Zoom and Teams and using social media for live streaming.
LGBT History Month has always been a mix of online content and events, with many organisations choosing to release content on their social media in recognition of the month, while others host internal and/or public events. We’ve put together some suggestions for how we might create the same impact together in a slightly different looking world.Download our brand new Action Pack
to find out how you can get involved in LGBT History Month in February.