LGBTQ History Month 1 February - 1 March


LGBTQ+ - sometimes abbreviated to LGBT or LGBTQ - stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, and also encompasses other sexual identities (such as intersex or asexual). More information related to LGBTQ+ terms can be found in LGBTQ+ organisation Stonewall's glossary.

Although attittudes towards LGBTQ+ people have improved over time, nearly half of LGBTQ+ students - including 64% of transgender pupils - have experienced bullying related to their sexuality at school, while 96% of LGBTQ+ pupils see homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse online (Source: Stonewall's 2017 School Report).

Meanwhile, an ever-increasing number of young people are embracing queer identities, a previously derogatory term that was reclaimed by LGBTQ+ people - young LGBTQ+ people in particular - who did not identify with traditional labels of gender identity and sexual orientation. Continuing to build understanding and empathy around these subjects is crucial.

LGBTQ+ History can be a great way of discussing themes such as anti-bullying, embracing differences, acceptance and emapthy with students through issues such as same-sex parenting, coming out, gender reassignment, the AIDS crisis, sexuality in sports, conversion therapy, and first love.

We've collected together all of our LGBTQ+ content - including resources, news articles and blogs, film guides and a film list - which help to contextualise a range of LGBTQ+ titles, from archive-led documentaries to modern romance, each featuring stories from around the world and across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

As with most of our theme pages, intersectionality is key, and we would strongly encourage teachers to explore how LGBTQ+ themes impact on and are influenced by other central issues. For instance, exploring the crossover between LGBTQ+ topics and those of race and cultural identity can lead your learners down fascinating paths, particularly in films such as Moonlight, 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), Rafiki, Tangerine and Pride.

With thanks to support and guidance from Stonewall, who have offered additional ideas for discussing any of the themes from the films within our programme. Stonewall also produce resources and guidance for young people.

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