LGBT History Month 2020 will focus on the theme “What Have We Learned?” as organisers hope to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.
Community-run events are held across Scotland, especially in schools, helping educate people on the progress for LGBT equality and remembering the significant hurdles we had to overcome.
And schools were in fact at the heart of a fierce debate over LGBT inclusion 3 decades ago, with Margaret Thatcher introducing legislation which effectively banned teachers mentioning LGBT relationships in a positive light.
First introduced in 1988, it banned the “promotion” of homosexuality by local authorities across the UK, having a significant impact on schools with teachers banned by law talking about same-sex relationships or LGBT issues.
After a decade of campaigning, the much-hated legislation was eventually struck from law on 21st June 2000 by the Scottish Parliament. However it took until 2018 for the Scottish Government to back fully inclusive LGBT education in schools.
Throughout February next year, organisers at LGBT Youth Scotland hope to continue the growth in events around the country, with 150 events taking place in 2019 from Stornoway to the Borders.
LGBT Youth Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to coordinate the website, resources and campaign theme for LGBT History Month, receiving over £108,000 in the period 2015-2018. No data is available for the current financial year.
A major fundraising day is also held during LGBT History Month which benefits LGBT Youth Scotland – called ‘Purple Friday’. Schools and youth organisations around the country have been increasingly keen to participate and show support for LGBT causes, with young people organising raffles, bake sales and sponsored events to support the charity.