February is LGBT History Month

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What is LGBT History Month?

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed in February in the UK to coincide with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act which stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work.

The theme for 2017 is Citizenship, PSHE and Law to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.


Did you know…

That the School of Education has a support group for LGBT trainee teachers at the University of Brighton?

This group provides an opportunity to network with other LGBT trainees, share school based experiences and discuss challenges with positive role models. It also allows members to stay in touch and share information about upcoming events for the School of Education and the wider university community. The group includes students and academic staff as well as myself from the Curriculum Centre.

The group has not only provided a way for LGBT teachers to connect and share their mutual battles and victories in education, but it also provides a gateway to helping us approach LGBT or gender topics within our own classrooms. This comes hand in hand with the support of each other, our LBGT allies, as well as an extended network of supporters” (Student member #1)

There’s a huge sense of comfort, knowing you’re not alone. Hearing from more experienced students/lecturers about their experiences within education (as students and as teachers) is really helpful, as it prepares you for your journey ahead. Having the opportunity to meet people who ooze confidence, is inspiring. Being ‘out’ can be a challenging and often scary thing, but knowing that there are others who share your feelings is uplifting.” (Student member #2)

To find out more about the group, you can email us at curriculumcentre@brighton.ac.uk 

How can you mark LGBT History Month in your classroom?

The Classroom

The Classroom – this excellent website offers a series of lesson plans to enable you to include the LGBT experience through a variety of lesson plans in all key stages.

Curriculum Subject Area Identities Posters– These pdf posters were produced by Kit Heyam of York LGBT History Month in response to requests from schools in York for resources to help make LGBT history visible in the curriculum.

KS1 Lesson plan – Cross Curricular – Using the picture book King and King and Family by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

KS1 Lesson plan – PSHE – What is bullying? What should we do about it?

SEN Lesson plan – Geography – Flags


Rainbow Teaching – a volunteer run project aimed at supporting teachers in LGBTQIA+ inclusive teaching



Books to support LGBT History Month

As well as teaching resources, there are some fantastic children’s books featuring diverse families and LGBT characters. Most of these books will also be on display in the Curriculum Centre throughout February as well as a cross-curricular display on King and King and Family using the lesson plan above

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This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson – a funny and very useful guide for LGBT teenagers

Daring Hearts: Lesbian and Gay Lives of 50s and 60s Brighton by Brighton Ourstory (this fascinating book is unfortunately out of print but is still available to buy from Amazon)

Picture books

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

King and King and Family by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland

Something Else by Kathryn Cave

Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman

Antonio’s Card by Rigoberto Gonzalez

Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman

Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous by Leslea Newman

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton

Pearl Power and the Girl with Two Dads by Mel Elliott



The Secrets of Sam and Sam by Susie Day

The Secrets of Billie Bright by Susie Day

Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve


The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

What’s Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Dark Light by Julia Bell

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

As I Descended by Robin Talley

Graphic Novels

Skim by Mariko Tamaki


Children's Books Ltd

For a further list of titles see the wonderful Letterbox Library


What’s happening in Brighton during LGBT History Month?

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The B Right On Festival is organised by the volunteers of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum and runs during LGBT History Month in February 2017. Events include lectures, social events and exhibitions.


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