LGBT History Month

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month (now LGBT+ History Month) in the UK was founded in 2004, had its first LGBT History Month in 2005 and takes place every year in February.[1] It celebrates the lives and achievements of LGBT communities.

It is committed to celebrate its diversity and that of the society as a whole. It encourages everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are, and endeavours to reflect this in all it does.

LGBT History Month (UK) was founded and is run by Sue Sanders, originally with the late Paul Patrick, then with the late Tony Fenwick and subsequently Jeff Evans.


Since 2011 each LGBT History Month has had a theme, as follows:

  • 2011 and 2012; Sport (for the London 2012 Olympics)
  • 2013: Maths, Science and Engineering (for the centenary of Alan Turing)
  • 2014: Music (for the centenary of Benjamin Britten)
  • 2015: Hidden Histories and Coded Lives
  • 2016: Religion, Belief and Philosophy
  • 2017: Citizenship, PSHE and Law (for the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of gay sex).
  • 2018: Geography: mapping the world
  • 2019: History II: Peace, Reconciliation and Activism
  • 2020: English: Poetry, Prose and Plays
  • 2021: PSHE II: Mind, Body, Spirit
  • 2022: Art & Politics: The Arc is Long
  • 2023: Art II: Behind the Lens

For selected years, Timelines have been created on this Wiki in conjunction with the History Month theme:

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Each autumn since 2004, a pre-launch event has been held in advance of the following February. Since the Covid outbreak of 2020 these have been held online with in 2022 a smaller in person event. The venues for these have been:

  • 2004 (Pre-launch for 2005): Tate Modern
  • 2005 (Pre-launch for 2006): Metropolitan Police, Empress State Building
  • 2006 (Pre-launch for 2007): TUC Congress House
  • 2007 (Pre-launch for 2008): Royal Courts of Justice
  • 2008 (Pre-launch for 2009): Hackney Free and Parochial School
  • 2009 (Pre-launch for 2010): the British Museum
  • 2010 (Pre-launch for 2011): Twickenham Rugby Centre ("Sport")
  • 2011 (Pre-launch for 2012): the Oval Cricket Ground ("Sport")
  • 2012 (Pre-launch for 2013): Bletchley Park ("Maths, Science and Engineering")
  • 2013 (Pre-launch for 2014): the Bramall Music Centre, Birmingham University ("Music")
  • 2014 (Pre-launch for 2015): the Museum of St John, Clerkenwell
  • 2015 (Pre-launch for 2016): Queens' College, Cambridge
  • 2016 (Pre-launch for 2017): the Speaker's Chambers, House of Commons
  • 2017 (Pre-launch for 2018): Liverpool Museum
  • 2018 (Pre-launch for 2019): British Library
  • 2019 (Pre-launch for 2020): Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford


As of October 2013, the Patrons of LGBT History Month were:

  • John Amaechi, former international basketball player, broadcaster and psychologist
  • Christine Burns, Equality and diversity specialist, podcaster, campaigner
  • Dr Harry Cocks, social historian and writer
  • Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the Commons
  • Professor Viv Gardner, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
  • Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford
  • Sir Ian McKellen, actor
  • Cyril Nri, actor, director and writer
  • Ian Rivers, Professor of Human Development; Subject Leader for Sports Sciences, Brunel University
  • Professor Sheila Rowbotham, lecturer and campaigner
  • Labi Siffre, poet, songwriter and singer
  • Professor Melanie Tebbutt, Director, Manchester Centre for Regional History, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Gareth Thomas, rugby international
  • Jeffrey Weeks, historian, sociologist, author and LGBT activist
  • Stephen Whittle OBE, Professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University

External links


There is a separate website for LGBT History Month events in Scotland, organised by LGBT Youth Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government and the European Commission. See

Each year, awards are given to Scottish artists to produce work which "engages with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history; our past, present and future". Past awards have gone to:



  1. LGBT History Month in the United States is held in October and was founded in 1994
  2. Accessed: 2015-12-19. (Archived by WebCite® at