Broadland and Norwich Youth Advisory Boards teamed up to recognise LGBT+ History Month in February.
LGBT+ History Month is yearly celebration of the history of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual, transgender and non-binary +) people and the fight for LGBT+ rights. In the UK LGBT+ History Month is celebrated in February to mark the abolition, in 2003, of Section 28: a law banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools and by local authorities in the UK.
The aim of the month is to increase the visibility of LGBT+ people in education and the wider community, raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community, make educational and community spaces safe for LGBT+ people, and to make sure LGBT+ people are supported to achieve their full potential (lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk)
Young Commissioners selected topics they wanted to learn more about and held weekly youth-led Zoom sessions which were attended by young people from Youth Advisory Boards around Norfolk.
Young Commissioners researched and led discussions on the history of LGBT+ rights and the law, trans and non-binary history, the AIDS epidemic, different sexualities and gender identities, and the history of protest in the LGBTQ+ community. Each discussion was followed by a screening of a film or documentary about the week’s topic.