Given the current pandemic situation, we can’t take anything for granted, so I started looking around to see what was available online to keep us and our children busy and stimulated in a new way.

    “Body, Mind, Spirit” is linked to a National Curriculum subject and is visiting PHSE for a second time. In February and March, the aim of this online educational platform is to be informative and to educate out prejudice and celebrate LGBT+ people, in all their rich diversity, and for them to be more visible.

    Founded in 1994, LGBT+ History Month celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history; the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

    Starting next Thursday 18th February, The UK Parliament has invited students from Winchester School of Art to tell the stories of the LGBT+ through the records held by the Parliamentary Archives. 

    The first event, “Winchester School of Art: reviving LGBT+ history” is scheduled for Thursday 18th February, 6 pm. For this occasion, the UK Parliament is handing the mic over to students from Winchester School of Art. The Parliamentary Archives and Winchester School of Art set students on the BA (Hons) Graphic Arts course the task of creatively responding to the LGBT+ records held by the Parliamentary Archives. The students came up with unique and imaginative projects to tell the story of LGBT+ legislative history, which they present in this 60-minute talk.

    Students at Winchester School of Art came up with very original projects to tell the story of LGBT+ legislative history.

    Students have used a variety of mediums to create work on themes such as the difficulties faced by the LGBTQ+ community throughout history, the values of the Pride movement, and the experience of being a lesbian in today’s world.

     Ian Jackson, Senior Teaching Fellow, BA (Hons) Graphic Arts at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton said, “It was an incredible experience for our Graphic Arts students to see and learn about the important LGBT+ material contained within the Parliamentary Archives. The material highlighted to students the unique challenges of LGBT+ issues and agendas over time and within the context of equality today.  From this, students embraced the challenge of engaging with archival research to inspire contemporary visual outcomes. This collaboration has enabled students to produce an informed, relevant, and exciting range of work across digital and print media.”

    The second of these online talks is titled “Queer histories from the Palace of Westminster” and it will take place on Thursday 25th February, 6 pm.

    This online 45-minute talk commemorates hidden queer histories from the Palace of Westminster. Focussing on two monarchs Edward II and Henry VIII, the talk explores themes of good kingship, the role, and authority of the church in matters of sexuality and the impact of medieval legislation on behaviour.

    In addition, there is Rainbow Quest, which has been specially created to use with LGBTQ+ youth.  The game is a wonderfully inspired game. It reaches out to people of any age or sexual/gender identity.  Its beauty is that it is the trifecta of board games: it teaches culture and history, manifests social skills and confidence, and cultivates copious amounts of laughter and fun. This makes it the perfect new board game for your LGBTQ+ family game night, school GSTA, support group, or community drop-in centre. Or treat yourself and invite friends over for a great evening of PLAY!

    For more information and to book tickets, click HERE

    You can also Subscribe for FREE to OUTburst, their bulletin, for reports of events the Schools OUT UK committee attend. Follow LGBT+History Month on Facebook to find podcasts and webinars.

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