We are tremendously proud to bring you a programme of nearly 50 fantastic events and the Yorkshire hub of the Second National Festival of LGBT History. Get ready for a busy but brilliant month of February!
Note: check the dedicated events page for any updates and details of new events.
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Supporters for 2016
York LGBT History Month serves to increase public awareness of the place of LGBT people in history. (Side note: LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bi and trans, but we take it to include any non-heterosexual sexual orientation and any non-cisgender and/or non-binary gender identity, gender expression or sex.)
We bring to light stories that might traditionally have been ignored, working to develop inclusivity, challenge stereotypes and promote understanding. Our programme of events provides a wide variety of ways for the public to learn about these stories, and our school outreach serves to promote the benefits of inclusion at a key stage in children’s social development.
Enshrined in our constitution are four aims. These are to (refer to the constitution linked below for the official wording):
- coordinate and promote a unified and cohesive programme for LGBT History Month, bringing together events from groups, organisations and individuals across York, and in doing so promoting collaboration and raising the profile of LGBT people and their histories;
- develop initiatives that directly challenge traditional views of gender identity and expression (cisnormativity) and assumptions that people and our collective histories are heterosexual/straight (heteronormativity), by highlighting the stories and achievements of LGBT people in York, in turn fostering a greater understanding of issues and achievements both past and present;
- promote York-based events and initiatives with an LGBT history theme that fall outside of LGBT History Month;
- work with other local LGBT groups and organisations, as well as non-LGBT friends/allies, in any other way to promote equality, diversity and social inclusion for the public benefit of the people of York and North Yorkshire by the elimination of discrimination towards LGBT people.
What is LGBT History Month?
LGBT History Month highlights the past struggles and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender people, with the aim of promoting and advancing equality and diversity. In the UK, it takes place every February.
York LGBT History Month is a completely independent organisation. The national LGBT History Month campaign is run by Schools Out. You can find out more, sign up for updates and buy official badges and keyrings on the national LGBT History Month website.
Kit Heyam: Lead Coordinator
Kit is a postgraduate teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, working on a thesis entitled ‘Literary and historical representations of Edward II and his favourites, c.1305-1700’. Over the period 2014-16 he developed and coordinated York LGBT History Month’s school outreach programme, as well as delivering talks on his academic research. Kit is also a Library Services Assistant at Leeds Beckett University, where he campaigns as part of the Rainbow Rose Forum and has delivered trans awareness training to a number of university departments.
Adrian Lee: Secretary
Adrian works at the University of York where he previously completed a BA with a dissertation on secondary school homophobia and heterosexism and a PhD on the identities and welfare needs of gay men in later life. He is part of the university’s LGBTI Matters staff forum and joined the team in 2015 after helping organise talks for the 2014 and 2015 programmes. Adrian also actively volunteers for a health charity across York, North Yorkshire and Teesside.
Colin McNichol: Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator
Colin is a self-employed electrician working in property maintenance. He has been actively involved in York’s best-known LGBT organisations since 2012 and joined the York LGBT History Month team in 2015. He has previously served as Events Officer for York Pride, coordinating regular club nights to raise funds, and currently manages the charity’s finances as Treasurer (he’s York’s LGBT treasurer!). Colin is also a member of York LGBT Forum.
Jess Wynn: Social Media Coordinator
Jess is currently the digital engagement worker for Yorkshire MESMAC’s York and North Yorkshire team. She is passionate about raising awareness of LGBT issues through social media. Jess is the former presenter and producer of University Radio York’s feminist show and now has a keen interest in podcasting. She also co-facilitates the York Queer Women’s Group.
Anu Priya: Volunteer Coordinator
Anu is the Student Opportunities Coordinator (Volunteering) at University of York Students’ Union and was formerly Opportunities Coordinator at York St John Students’ Union. She moved to York in 2010 to do her MA in Counselling at York St John University and has since made York her home, living here with her husband and daughter. Volunteering has been a part of Anu’s life since she was a young girl and it’s something she is passionate about along with equality and diversity.
Andy Law: Assistant Coordinator
Andy works at York St John University and led the 2014 campaign as its LGBT Staff Network Secretary before founding York LGBT History Month as an independent organisation. They’ve studied at both of York’s universities, are currently studying at the University of Bradford and are fucking off in September to start a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London looking at queer and genderqueer speech. Andy has previously served as Secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They have also delivered trans and non-binary awareness training to various university departments.
Jake Furby: Assistant Coordinator
Jake is the Health and Wellbeing Officer for and a founding trustee of York LGBT Forum. They’re passionate about history – especially local LGBTIQA+ history – and look forward to expanding work in this area further.
How is your school planning to celebrate LGBT History Month?
Do you currently include LGBT history in your curriculum?
How can we help?
Marking LGBT History Month can help your school to celebrate diversity, prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and combat the sense of isolation often experienced by young people who identify as LGBT. York LGBT History Month can support you to develop plans to celebrate LGBT History Month, provide speakers for assemblies or lessons, and create resources tailored to your needs.
For all enquiries, please contact Kit Heyam (Lead Coordinator) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT heroes posters
This set of posters features an inspiring historical figure for every subject area, with details of their achievements and a mention of where they fit on the LGBT spectrum. An example is opposite (above on mobile browsers). Unfortunately we don’t currently have the resources to provide print versions of these posters, but we can provide a set of high-resolution PDFs. Please email email@example.com.
LGBT History Month wallchart
Produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with the national LGBT History Month team, this wallchart highlights legal and social milestones in the UK’s LGBT history. It can be downloaded for free at the bottom of this page.
Produced by the charity Schools OUT UK, the team behind LGBT History Month, this site provides lesson plans categorised by key stage and subject to help you include LGBT people in all aspects of the curriculum.
Ofsted-recognised teacher training and resource programme that gives staff, students, parents and governors the confidence and strategies to implement an LGBT+-inclusive curriculum.
A Pinterest site collecting LGBT resources for professionals working with young people, produced by York LGBT Forum.
Our list of resources is growing. If there’s something you’d like to see here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can create it for you!
2016 was the first year of York’s LGBT writing competition OutWord Bound, jointly organised by York LGBT History Month and York LGBT Forum. Judges were impressed – and some moved to tears – by the insightful poetry and prose produced by the 34 talented young writers who entered the competition. We can’t wait to see the competition grow in 2017!
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with resource creation. Working to a particular school’s brief or using your own creative skills, you will plan and develop teaching resources including (but not limited to) posters, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, assembly talks and interactive sessions. Work can be carried out from home and printing expenses are provided. If you are interested, please contact Anu Priya (Volunteer Coordinator) on email@example.com.
If you have any queries or if you want to get involved in the 2017 campaign, either as an event organiser or with the campaign itself, please get in contact using the form below or the details provided in the ‘Our team’ section.