History Month launches at Westminster

Schools OUT UK, the LGBT education charity, went to Parliament yesterday to commemorate 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and to launch LGBT History Month for February 2017 – themed PSHE, Citizenship and Law.

As guests of the Speaker of the House of Commons The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, they invited students from five London schools to present work on the everyday heroes of the last 50 years of the LGBT equality movement and to meet some of them in person – Labi Siffre, Peter Tatchell and Christine Burns OBE.

John Bercow sent a good luck message: “I am delighted that the Schools OUT UK event is taking place in the State Rooms of Speaker’s House. As a longstanding supporter, I believe it is important that we all show our support to LGBT History Month in order that LGBT people can take their rightful place in the    history books. I wish everyone involved in this enterprise all the best for what I am sure will be an excellent event.”

The centrepiece of LGBT History Month outside school spaces is the National Festival of LGBT History, now titled OUTing the Past. This goes into its third year in 2017 and has expanded from Manchester to be hosted in ten cities, including Bournemouth, London, York, Shrewsbury and Coventry.

The @bisexualhistory project records dates from bi history throughout the year.