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.
Gay sex became punishable by hanging.
Homosexual acts were made illegal, even in private.
Alan Turing credited with the design for the earliest modern computer and WW2 code breaker, commits suicide after being prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952.
Decriminalisation of homosexual acts for those over the age of 21 in the Sexual Offences Act.
The first Gay Pride rally was held in London.
Introduction of controversial addition of Section 28 preventing 'promotion of homosexuality' for schools and local authorities.
The age of consent for gay men was reduced to 16 – the same as for straight guys.
Section 28 repealed.
The Civil Partnership Act gives same sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married straight couples.
Equestrian Carl Hester triumphs in the London Olympics, making him Great Britain’s first ever openly gay gold medallist.
Same sex couples able to marry
East Sussex County Council works with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.