February is LGBT+ History Month 2021

The theme of LGBT+ History Month 2021 is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’.
LGBT History Month 2021

Once again this year LGBT+ History Month is linked to a National Curriculum subject.

FREE general resources available.

Subscribe to OUTburst, the bulletin, for reports of events the Schools OUT UK committee attend. Follow LGBT+ History Month on Facebook to find podcasts, webinars and videos exploring our LGBT+ness.

The Proud Trust work book that supports the 2021 theme is here.

Flora Murray, CBE (8 May 1869 – 28 July 1923) was a suffragette who became a doctor. Due to being a woman, and the sexist attitudes of the time, Flora was initially restricted to working in only children’s and women’s hospitals. During WWI, alongside her partner Louisa Garett Anderson, she founded the Women’s Hospital Corps, working in France with the Red Cross. After being recognised for their incredible work, the War Office invited Flora and Louisa to run the Endell Street Military Hospital. They treated almost 50,000 soldiers over four years.
— 'Body, Mind, Spirit' - An education/resource information pack written by the Proud Trust (Home of LGBT+ Youth)

Some national statistics:

  • Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.
  • Nearly two-thirds of bi women (72 per cent) and just over half of bi men (56 per cent) have experienced anxiety in the last year.
  • One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT.
  • Almost one in four LGBT people (23 per cent) have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff.
  • One in twenty LGBT people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services. While one in five trans people (20 per cent) have been pressured to access services to suppress their gender identity.
  • One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they’re LGBT.

Taken from LGBT in Britain – Health (2018).

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