‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’
LGBT+ History Month is celebrated in February in the UK and 2022 marks 50 years since the anniversary of the first Pride March in the UK in 1972.
It is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
LGBT+ History Month focuses on the celebration and recognition of LGBTQ+ people and culture; past, present and the future journey towards full equality promoting a safer and more inclusive society where the varied spectrum of sexuality and gender is spoken about openly and universally accepted.
LGBT+ History Month has focused its activities on a different theme each year. The theme for 2022 is “Politics in Art: The Arc is Long”. Inspired by a Martin Luther King quote: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice’.
This theme is considering how LGBT+ people and experiences are portrayed through art and media.
Five artists have been chosen to support each of the letters of the acronym. Each has used their talents for “political” ends, or expressed their orientation through their work to be the five faces of School’s OUT 2022 Campaign.
- Keith Haring‘s dancing figures are a perfect example as they were used to draw attention to the growing AIDS crisis of the early 1980s.
- Doris Brabham Hatt and Fiore de Henriquez both fought against fascism in the 1930s.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat began as a graffiti artist.
- Mark Aguhar‘s life “and mere existence was an act of confronting white hegemony”.
West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion strives to create an inclusive workspace, for both our team members and our service users.
We pledge to explore and support the needs of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, aiming to develop and sustain an environment where all staff embrace the LGBTQ+ community so that we can offer the best service possible to vulnerable people in the Criminal Justice System.
We continuously seek to improve our knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ+ culture so to build strong relationships with our staff and service users. Our service understands the importance of learning about barriers our LGBTQ+ service users face when accessing support and strive to combat these.
Our teams scope local support available for our clients belonging to the community, and circulate updates surrounding the LGBTQ+ culture. We participate in regular training sessions to widen our knowledge and have completed a Cultural Cohesion Quality Mark to ensure our service is responsive to the culture of our service users.
Further information about LGBT+ issues in general is available on the Stonewall Website.
There is a dedicated Youtube Channel featuring a wide range of videos, interviews with prominent LGBT+ people, and personal stories of coming out and of facing and overcoming prejudice.