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Celebrate LGBT+ History Month this February

February is LGBT History Month. It is an annual month-long observation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. It celebrates the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. We think it’s important to recognise and celebrate LGBT History Month in order to raise awareness and promote equality within our health, care and emergency services. We will be sharing updates on local events and ways you can get involved.

In the UK LGBT+ Month has been celebrated in February since 2013.  The month was chosen to commemorate the 2003 abolition of Section 28 – the laws that prohibited the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities.

LGBT History Month originated in the US in 1994 and is now also celebrated in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Greenland and Hungary. The city of Berlin celebrates Queer History Month in May.

This year we are also celebrating fifty years of Pride in the UK as we mark the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in 1972.

Impact on health and wellbeing

Recognising diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I) should be a top priority for all organisations and employers because it is very close linked with wellbeing. Studies show that inclusive workplaces foster enhanced employee wellbeing. And that employees with high levels of wellbeing are in turn more inclusive. Put simply inclusion fuels wellbeing in the workplace.

An inclusive workplace is an environment that makes every individual feel respected and welcome. True diversity, equality and inclusivity in the workplace are about recognising each employee’s unique background and experience and supporting them on their well-being journey.

We believe that LGBTQ+ people should be free to be themselves and the best employers understand this.

Find out more about LGBT+ History Month

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