LGBT History Month continues to grow in presence and prominence, with public and private sector organisations sharing forgotten histories in their respective fields. Celebrated in February, like many history months, it is dedicated to telling the stories, struggles, and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities throughout history.
This year was a particularly important year in LGBT History as it marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, following the amendment to the sexual offences act in 1967. The historical ruling still leaves a mark on LGBT+ communities who experience discrimination to this day in public, school and at work. The Human Rights Campaign recently found that 62% of graduates at university go back into the closet when they start their first job. This highlights a need for an elimination of the ‘culture of silence acceptance’ to make room for a more outspoken and explicitly vocal inclusive workplace.