LGBT History Month 2006
Claiming our history, celebrating our present and creating our future!
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We are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and their friends.

We exist in all times and places. We speak each and every language. We laugh and cry. We talk and remain silent.

We are emperors and peasants. We are conservatives and revolutionaries. We are actors, artists, bricklayers, bookies, cab drivers, cooks and clowns. We are employed and unemployed. We raise our children and we bury our dead.

When we can, we attend school, college and university. When we can, we go out into the streets. We read the papers and watch the TV. We attend church, synagogue, temple and mosque. We are free and confined. We celebrate and we hide. We are happy and sad. We are supported and alone.

Our lives are both ordinary and extraordinary. This website celebrates all we were, all we are and all we may yet be.

LGBT History Month is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Until recently, most LGBT people preferred to avoid attention. Many still do. Even today, the penalties for those who refuse to conceal themselves, or fail to do so, can be severe. They can range from ostracism and victimisation to assault and even murder.

In the past, the silencing of LGBT people was often reinforced by legislation. The most recent example was Section 28, passed in 1988 and repealed in 2003, which was intended to restrict debate on homosexuality, particularly in schools.

For further information on current legislation see:

Our patrons are:
John Amaechi, Basketball player and psychologist
Christine Burns, Equality and diversity specialist, podcaster, campaigner
Dr Harry Cocks, Social historian and writer
Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Professor Viv Gardner, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford University
Sir Ian McKellen, Actor
Cyril Nri, Actor, director and writer
Professor Ian Rivers, Professor of Human Development; Subject Leader for Sport Sciences, Brunel University
Professor Sheila Rowbotham, Lecturer and campaigner
Labi Siffre, Poet, songwriter and singer
Gareth Thomas, Rugby international
Professor Melanie Tebbutt, Director, Manchester Centre for Regional History, senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jeffrey Weeks, Historian, sociologist, author and LGBT activist.

Click on the links to the left to learn more about LGBT History Month.

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