Prior to the 2003 repeal of the controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act in 2003, teachers were banned from discussing LGBT issues in class with their pupils.
The act, which had been in effect since 1988, was intended to reinforce ‘traditional’ family values and had the support of many religious groups and MPs but has since been criticised for promoting ignorance of the topic and anti LGBT sentiment.
The beginning of February marks the start of a month long annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history and related gay rights movements, designed to remember and celebrate the act’s repeal in November 2003.
The event aims to promote the virtues of diversity and cultural pluralism, particularly in schools which play a crucial role in educating for equality and strive to offer a safe and secure learning environment in which children can thrive.
If you are interested in organizing an event in your area or would like to access educational toolkits for LGBT History Month, please visit