This week marks the beginning of LGBT History Month and Barnsley Council are thrilled to be supporting this annual celebration of equality and diversity by raising the rainbow pride flag for the very first time on Barnsley’s beautiful town hall.
LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that takes place every February to celebrate and observe the lives and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. The month was first founded in 1994 and has since evolved into a month-long celebration across the world - with February coinciding with the 2003 abolition of section 28 (an act which stopped schools and councils ‘promoting’ homosexuality). It’s a fabulous opportunity to remember and increase awareness of the LGBT community - their history, lives and experiences.
Barnsley Council is proud to be joining in these celebrations locally through a host of activities brought together from across the council. Here’s a snap-shot of the month's activities and things to look out for on their social media channels:
- Barnsley libraries will be signposting residents to a carefully selected collection of LGBT eBook and eAudiobooks. The specially put together collection will be live on their eBook/eAudiobook site and apps throughout the month.
- Teachers and home-schooling parents are invited to access the Barnsley ‘Uncovered’ Schools pack – a free resource to raise the awareness of how LGBT people lived in the past – in our very own Barnsley. The pack is a flexible, all-round insightful resource that can be adapted for all age groups.
- Barnsley Museums will be sharing lots of LGBT highlights from their fascinating historical collections and items donated by the LGBT community from Barnsley.
- Barnsley Heritage Connects invites residents to join their virtual elevenses – an informal online coffee morning which will welcome guest speakers related to the LGBT community. The first get together will take place on Monday 15 February at 11am where guests can hear how Darfield’s Maurice Dobson founded the museum. To receive a virtual invite, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Alan Gardiner, Cabinet spokesperson for Corporate Services, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting LGBT History Month this year - it’s a fabulous opportunity to celebrate and promote equality and diversity for the benefit of our communities in Barnsley. Not only is it a celebration of the history of the gay rights movement, but it also demonstrates our commitment to creating a safer and more inclusive society for our diverse communities.
“We are also really proud to be demonstrating this commitment by raising the rainbow pride flag on our town hall for the first time – a symbol of communities coming together to learn and support one another. It’s also heartening that despite the challenging times we face, the pandemic has not stopped us coming together through a series of virtual activities.”