Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month this February!

February is LGBTQ+ History Month, and we want everyone to feel comfortable to be themselves when enjoying judo and beyond.

What is LGBT+ History Month? 

LGBT+ History Month 2023 is a month-long, annual celebration and remembrance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. The aims of the month are to promote two things: equality and diversity, and remember how changes have been made over the years about people's rights. It can also be a time to reflect on the future, thinking about what more can be done to promote inclusivity.

When is LGBT+ History Month 2023?

LGBT+ History Month takes place from the 1st to the 28th of February 2023.

LGBT+ History Month takes place in February because that was when it was initiated by the LGBT+ Education charity ‘Schools Out UK’ in 2005.

Schools Out UK did this to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28, a law which was passed in 1988 to stop councils and schools from “promoting the teaching of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”

How did LGBT+ history month start?

Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick, the co-chairs of Schools Out UK, organised the event as part of a programme to educate young people about the issues members of the LGBT+ community face and to make schools inclusive for everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Why is LGBT+ History Month important? 

It gives us a chance to continue to educate ourselves on our history as a community, to take stock and realise just how good some of us have it. But it’s also a chance to look at what hasn’t changed, whether that’s in the UK or worldwide, and what we can do to really embody the spirit of those LGBT+ heroes that came before us.

Share your story

We want to hear how judo has had a positive impact on your experience. Please get in touch on gina.paletta@welshjudo.com 

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