(Nearly) 50 Years On

LGBT education charity Schools OUT rocked up in Parliament to commemorate 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and to launch LGBT History Month for February 2017 – each year there’s a theme and this year it’s “PSHE, Citizenship and Law”.

Their December launch was also a little bit early given the act was passed on July 27th, so we might expect celebrations of the 50th anniversary to run on a little after February.

Guests included bi singer Labi Siffre, Peter Tatchell and Christine Burns OBE.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow sent a good luck message: “As a longstanding supporter, I believe it is important that we all show our support to LGBT History Month in order that LGBT people can take their rightful place in the history books.”

The centrepiece of LGBT History Month outside school spaces is the National Festival of LGBT History, now titled OUTing the Past. This goes into its third year in 2017 and has expanded from Manchester to be hosted in ten cities, including Bournemouth, London, York, Shrewsbury and Coventry.  They’ve tended to need pressing to include anything specifically bi or consciously bi-inclusive on their agenda though, so check listings.

The Bisexual History Project recalls dates from bi history throughout the year.  See twitter @bisexualhistory or fb.com/bihistory