LGBTQ+ History Month was started back in 2005, to ensure that LGBTQ+ people, in all their diversities, are visible.
LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and the + represents other sexual identities including pansexual and Two-Spirit.
As the founders say, "We wanted to claim our past, celebrate our present, and create our future.
Working with young people will we hope, make sure that we do all three".
This library guide includes books, resources and videos for students and staff to explore LGBT+ history, and as the theme for 2020 was Poetry, Prose and Plays, it also includes writers and stories from the LGBT+ community.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.