LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ history month, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK. 

As well as celebrating the many momentous achievements the movement has had over the past half a century, we’ll also be looking to the future. It’s time to for us ask what we want to achieve in the next fifty years. What kind of world do we want to see for LGBTQ+ people in 2072?

In the UK LGBT+ History Month is observed during February; in the UK this coincides with a major celebration of the 2003 abolition of Section 28.

The Month is intended as a means to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible. History Month has three taglines -‘Claiming our past. Celebrating our present. Creating our future’, in addition to the ‘Educate OUT Prejudice’ motto of parent charity Schools OUT UK.

Below are some events taking place during LGBT+ History Month:

  • From China to UK, Qiuyan Chen’s journey as a LGBTQ+ activist
    12th February 2022 – 11am-12pm
    What’s the situation for LGBTQ+ people in China? How do queer Chinese rethink their intersectional identities, especially during the pandemic in the UK? How can the community mobilise to promote cross-cultural connections?

    This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed Museum in partnership with OutStories Bristol. Pre-booking is essential.

From China to UK, Qiuyan Chen’s journey as a LGBTQ+ activist

  • New Queer Kidlit for the New Year
    12th February 2022 – 11am-12.30pm
    Liz Chapman (Sheffield Libraries) and Zoey Dixon (Lambeth Libraries) bring you their top queer kidlit recommendations for 2022! We have something for everyone, from board books to Young Adult, non-fiction to graphic novels.

    Join us for the premiere over on the Sheffield Libraries Facebook page ( on Saturday 12 February at 11am, or catch up at your leisure on our YouTube channel afterwards (

New Queer Kidlit for the New Year

  • Talk: Allan Gordon, a ship’s boy
    17th February 2022 – 1pm-2pm
    In 1902 a 15-year-old sailor, Allan Gordon, was arrested in Bristol on a charge of ‘wandering about without visible means of subsistence’.

    This was odd because Allan’s ship had only just docked and he was collecting his wages at the Board of Trade offices so was neither wandering about nor without subsistence. So, what was the real reason for his arrest?

    When the ship’s crew had to undergo a compulsory medical check, Allan had refused and was then ‘compelled to admit her sex’. Once the press got hold of the story, they were determined to find out just who Allan Gordon was and why they had gone to sea.

    Speaker: Norena Shopland, an author/historian who specialises in LGBT+ history and Welsh heritage.

Talk: Allan Gordon, a ship’s boy