Stirling is to host a new event for LGBT History Month, organised by Pink Saltire.
The Forth Valley ‘Pink Heritage Day’ will be held on Saturday 18th February at the stunning Smith Gallery & Museum as part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Architecture.
The event will showcase a historical timeline of progress on LGBT equality in Scotland, as well as some of the key steps and people involved along the way. It will bring together groups and organisations who are working in the Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas to provide services for LGBT people.
Richard McArthur, one of the Pink Saltire charity trustees and organiser of the event, said:
“LGBT History Month is a great opportunity to look back and acknowledge the huge achievements in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people here in Scotland. We should always keep the memory of those who fought against oppression, not that long ago, to simply be themselves and love who they loved.”
“Through our work with the Forth Valley LGBTI Network, we know there haven’t been that many social events for LGBT people in this area and this seemed like the perfect chance to get together with others in the community.”
LGBT History Month has been held in Scotland each February since 2005 and aims to educate people on the fight for equality. It was started after the Labour Government at Holyrood abolished the controversial Clause 2A, also known as Section 28 from the Local Government Act 1986.
Clause 2A made it illegal for a local authority to “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” It was repealed in Scotland on 21st June 2000.