LGBTQ+ history month

LGBTQ+ history month

1-28 February 2023

To mark LGBTQ+ history month partners across Bradford District and Craven have come together to host a series of bitesize sessions during the last week of the month. We are calling on colleagues to support our LGBTQ+ community and join us on social media or at one our online sessions, which colleagues will be able to sign up to shortly. The hashtag being used for the month is #LGBTQplusBDC.

The sessions (book here) are for anyone across our workforce who wants to deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+, no matter their role, discipline, or seniority. Everyone is welcome. The programme includes sessions on:

  • Spectrum of LGBTQ+ – What about the +?
  • Rainbow badge scheme
  • Creating ‘Pride’

We have also put together a helpful guide to pronouns – what they are and why we use them. Do you know what pronoun you should use? You can read the pronoun guide here.

What is LGBTQ+ history month?

LGBTQ+ History Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual trans, and non-binary history, including the history of LGBTQ+ rights and related civil rights movements. In the UK it is celebrated in February each year, to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28, which was a series of laws in Britain which prohibited homosexuality.

Why is it important?

As a partnership we employ around 30,000 people, with a proportion of our employees identifying as LGBTQ+.  We’re marking this month collectively to raise awareness, build compassion and understanding, and equip our people with the knowledge to create an environment where everyone feels they can be themselves.

LGBTQ+ History Month and Pride events push for equal human rights and empower LGBTQ+ individuals to reclaim the rights and freedoms they are denied, and the public space they often feel excluded from. Our partnership marks this month because we acknowledge and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community who continue to face prejudice and discrimination in the UK and across the world. In some countries, the LGBTQ+ people face violence and even death because of who they love, how they look or who they are. 

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month a special flag has been raised at City Hall on 1 February and will fly throughout the month.

Why do we celebrate as a partnership?

We are a partnership that aims to be a fair, inclusive and employers of choice that makes investing in our workforce a priority, our partners include; WY Police, Bradford Council, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, Here for BDCC, University of Bradford, Race Equality Network and Bradford for Everyone.

The sessions as part of LGBTQ+ History Month are designed to:

  • Recognise, celebrate, and raise visibility
  • Build understanding, empathy, and compassion by hearing from those with lived experiences.
  • Share good practice. 
  • Address rumours, stereotypes and debunk views that people may hold about specific groups of people.
  • Hold honest and courageous discussions on what and where we need to do better and go further.

We stand against this discrimination and in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. You can learn more about Bradford’s LGBTQ+ Strategic Partnership here.