LGBT+ History Month has focused its activities on a different theme each year and the theme for 2022 is 'The arc is long' (paraphrased from Dr Martin Luther King Jr's quote 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice'), something that feels very poignant, especially in current times. You can find more information on the LGBT+ History Month website.
There is also a dedicated YouTube channel that features a wide range of videos, interviews with prominent LGBT+ people, and personal stories of coming out and of facing and overcoming prejudice. More information about LGBT+ issues in general is available on the Stonewall website.
One action we can all take to mark LGBT+ History Month is to commit to finding time to develop our personal understanding of LGBT+ inequity issues and to become an ally. A 'Voices and Visibility' wallchart is one useful free resource that can be used to raise awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity equality. It highlights important UK legal milestones and identifies visible and significant contributions made by individuals, groups, and particularly the labour movement.
The LGBT+ community also has a long history of having to fight for human rights. Even today, 70 countries criminalise same-sex relationships. The stark reality of current global rights for LGBT+ people is depicted in this map, which makes it even more important that we critique as well as celebrate the community's history. By doing this, we can look ahead to the future.