LGBT History Month 2023
LGBT history month happens every February in the UK. It’s a month to celebrate the history of LGBTIQ+ communities and look back at the progress that’s been made over the years.
The theme for 2023’s LGBT history month is ‘Behind The Lens’, celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens.
Why is it important?
LGBT history month is hugely important. It’s a month where we can all remember the people that fought for LGBTIQ+ rights in the past. A chance for people of all ages to learn more about the rich history of LGBTIQ+ communities. And a moment to remember just how far we’ve come over the years.
Why is it important to Mind?
LGBT history month will always be important to Mind. It’s a moment for us to celebrate the history and the progress that’s been made by LGBTIQ+ people, and to lift up their stories about how mental health affects them.
But even with all that progress, LGBTIQ+ people are still more likely to face discrimination. Abuse. Stigma. And even today hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ people have been on the rise.
If you need support…
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. For information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people—and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Helpline: 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day)
Mind has lots of information and advice about mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+).
Community Living Well
For people registered with a GP in Kensington & Chelsea, Queen’s Park or Paddington, Community Living Well provides mental health and wellbeing services, including Peer Support, Talking Therapies (IAPT), Self-Care, Employment support and more.
You can refer yourself without needing to see your GP first.
Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 1st February 2023