In the UK, February is LGBT+ History Month – an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The month is used to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT+ community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible.
According to www.lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk, the overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public by:
- increasing the visibility of the LGBT+ community, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community,
- raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community,
- working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities, and promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
The theme of 2022’s LGBT+ History Month is “The Arc is Long”, from a Martin Luther King quote, which reads:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
The theme is aimed at encouraging people to explore art, media and politics, and how these address and influence social justice issues, the changing attitudes towards LGBT+ people and how it promotes LGBT+ equality.
So what is LGBT+ equality?
According to Human Rights Watch, people around the world face violence and inequality—and sometimes torture, even execution—because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse, and it is therefore important that we talk about, document and expose abuse based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace and in our communities and call for more equality and diversity.
Equality and diversity, sometimes called multiculturalism, is the concept of accepting and promoting people’s differences. The fundamental goal when promoting equality is to raise awareness and make sure that all individuals are treated equally and fairly, no matter of their sexual orientation or preferences.
At Happy Futures we strive to be an inclusive workplace, and we have many things in place to ensure we support and promote equality and diversity at work and in the community. We always challenge negative attitudes and avoid stereotypes, while treating all employees, individuals, families, visitors, professionals and people in the community equally and fairly. We aim to create an all-inclusive environment, based on various policies and procedures, including our bullying and harassment, code of conduct, disability and sexuality, equal opportunities and safeguarding policy and procedure. We also offer training from external experts on LGBT+ inclusion to all employees.
We will be talking about what we can do to better support everyone in our workplace and community a lot more, and we ask that you step forward with ideas, that you tell us when we can improve, or share your victories and experiences with us. Your feedback will help make Happy Futures and our wider community a safer, nicer and more inclusive place to work and live, so we look forward to hearing from you.
In the meantime, there are some great resources you can access with lots more information, including: