• LGBT history month

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      Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History Month takes place every year in February.

      It highlights the importance of equality and looks at the stories, contributions and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, who have often had to spend their life denying their true identity.

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      A bit of history

      LGBT History Month is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

      1533
      Gay sex became punishable by hanging.

      1885
      Homosexual acts were made illegal, even in private.

      1954
      Alan Turing credited with the design for the earliest modern computer and WW2 code breaker, commits suicide after being prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952.

      1967
      Decriminalisation of homosexual acts for those over the age of 21 in the Sexual Offences Act.

      1972
      The first Gay Pride rally was held in London.

      1988
      Introduction of controversial addition of Section 28 preventing 'promotion of homosexuality' for schools and local authorities.

      2001
      The age of consent for gay men was reduced to 16 – the same as for straight guys.

      2003
      Section 28 repealed.

      2004
      The Civil Partnership Act gives same sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married straight couples.

      2012
      Equestrian Carl Hester triumphs in the London Olympics, making him Great Britain’s first ever openly gay gold medallist.

      2014
      Same sex couples able to marry

       

       
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