LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month takes place throughout the whole of Feburary.
This month was historically founded the charity Schools Out. Taking place in February in the United Kingdom to mark the 2003 abolition of Section 28, it is a month of both celebration and reflection.
It is a time to celebrate the massive achievements of LGBT community, from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Act) passing in England in 2013, to the age of consent being lowered to 16 as it is for straight people in 2001, to the recent changes in 2017 to reduce the deferral period of gay / bisexual men wishing to donate blood from 12 months to 3.
It is also a month; however, to reflect on the continual issues the LGBT community continues to face in society. In the UK, up to 24% of homeless people identify as LGBT. One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months.
This year the Union of Kingston Students will be collaborating with societies, academics, and other organisations to host up to 28 events! Take a look below to see what is on...