History & activism

The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries saw a number of key political moments for the LGBTQ community including the first Gay Pride marches, Section 28, the reduction of the age of consent, the Civil Partnership Act and the Equality Act. Engaging with LGBTQ+ history helps today’s young people find out about the lives and experiences of other young people who identified as LGBTQ+ in the past – why they protested, what their social life was like, how they fitted in, and how easy or hard it was for them coming out.

It enables young people to explore, make sense of, and value the legacy of their cultural heritage, and build awareness of LGBTQ issues such as representation and equality, creating an opportunity to engage all young people in debate, challenge perceptions, and promote acceptance and understanding.

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