LGBT History Month

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Posted on19 Feb 2021

February is UK LGBT+ History month, which is both a celebration and an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and challenges yet to be overcome.  It is a moment to further raise awareness of issues experienced by the LGBT+ community and share experiences.

The theme for LGBT History month this year is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’, reflecting the need to look after our wellbeing and especially so now given the impact of COVID-19. Take a look at some of the resources on offer from the LGBT History Month website. In addition, you can watch their LGBT History Month launch video here.

Members of our LGBT Plus staff network would like to take this opportunity to share the films, and TV shows, they have watched where LGBT people are positively portrayed and would recommend others to take a look. Here are some recommendations below:

Film & TV Shows

  • It’s a Sin – This new series from Channel 4 and Russell T Davies follows a group of friends during the 1980s Aids crisis and stars Olly Alexander from pop group Years & Years. You can read more about it in the Guardian and watch it on All 4.
  • Pride - Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.
  • Queer Eye - The series follows the fab five as they travel around the United States and transform the lives of people – straight and LGBT Plus – who are in dire need of lifestyle makeovers.
  • A-typical – Focusing on the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner (who has autism spectrum disorder) and his family. His sister Casey’s journey to accepting her sexuality is touching and beautifully written. Robia Rashid, creator and executive producer of the series, said: “It’s my hope that the legacy of Atypical is that more unheard voices continue to be heard and that even after this series ends, we keep telling funny, emotional stories from underrepresented points of view”