This year, we were tremendously proud to bring York a programme of nearly 50 fantastic events and the Yorkshire hub of the Second National Festival of LGBT History. It truly was a busy but brilliant month of February!
Note: check the dedicated events page for updated listings.
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Supporters for 2016
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.
We currently have several opportunities available to be part of the York LGBT History Month committee. You’d be working with our enthusiastic team to pull together a fantastic programme of events for February, helping to celebrate LGBT history and improve the lives of LGBT people in York and the surrounding area. At the moment we’re looking for:
- Fundraising Coordinator (exploring potential funding from organisations and the community);
- Programme Coordinator (drafting programme copy and structure, keeping track of and pulling together event submissions and liaising with the programme designer);
- Publicity Coordinator (getting our message into the media by developing links and writing press releases);
- Website Coordinator (managing our website including its overall structure, design and content);
- assistant coordinators (supporting our organisation in any way you can).
If you think you’d like to fill one of these posts, or for more information, please contact our Lead Coordinator Kit on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of ways you can help out by volunteering with York LGBT History Month. Whether you’d like to gain experience in working with young people, in event planning and coordination, or in marketing, we’d love to have you on board. We have the following volunteering opportunities:
- School outreach work: see our School Outreach section for details
- Help at an event: chair a talk or discussion; help us set up and clear away; check tickets on the door
- Copywriting and publicity: help us publicise our programme on events websites; write blog posts; design leaflets or infographics
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you’d like to help us in another way, please contact us!
Programme and events
We’re currently looking for people to give 20-minute talks about LGBT history – based on research, personal experience or anything in between – as part of the National Festival of LGBT History on Saturday 11th February 2017. Please check out our blog post on the Festival for full details.
Our call for submissions to our local programme will open in August. If your organisation is planning anything to celebrate LGBT History Month in 2017, or would like some support in developing your ideas, please get in touch!
York LGBT History Month is a registered charity that 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 all non-normative/marginalised gender, romantic and sexual identities and intersex.)
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.
Our constitution, linked below, sets our the aims (or “objects”) of the charity. These include:
- increasing public awareness of LGBT identities and the accessibility of narratives that showcase them;
- broadening public understanding of the complex nature of gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation;
- countering normative assumptions with regard to gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation;
- celebrating the individual and collective historical achievements of LGBT people.
We achieve these aims through such work as:
- the coordination of a diverse and broad programme of collaboratively-organised events during LGBT History Month (February);
- the promotion of local LGBT history events outside of LGBT History Month;
- ongoing engagement with and support of LGBT History Month initiatives in schools.
What is LGBT History Month?
LGBT History Month highlights the past struggles and achievements of LGBT 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 UK. 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.
Aidan Newman: Outreach Coordinator (shared)
Aidan is a science teacher at Rossett School. After completing an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Leeds he decided to pursue teacher training. During his training he hosted an equality committee at a local York school where he learned that LGBT pupils were feeling underrepresented in their school community. As a result, he organised a range of activities to promote LGBT History Month 2016, which then lead to him joining the team as one of two Outreach Coordinators so that he can extend the representation of LGBT pupils in schools even further.
Helen Dowson: Outreach Coordinator (shared)
Helen is currently the Student Living Officer at York St John University, where she previously gained a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Film and Television Studies. A trained actress and writer, she splits her ‘free’ time between working at the Grand Opera House theatre, acting in local and national productions and being a homestay host for international students. She is very passionate about educating others on understanding LGBT matters and looking forward to developing the schools outreach programme for 2017.
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 in September will 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.
Rachel Etherington: Assistant Coordinator
Rachel is a postgraduate student currently studying MA Public History at the University of York. After developing an interest in the representation of LGBTQ history in museums, Rachel is aiming to produce an in-depth study on LGBT History Month for her dissertation with York as a case study. Rachel also works for the York Museums Trust and has contributed to several of their major exhibitions.
Our blog features news and updates on upcoming events and opportunities, including relating to our programme in February, our ongoing school outreach work and occasional events falling outside of LGBT History Month.
The latest two posts are linked below; visit the blog for more!
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.