LGBTQ history month. The website dedicated to the occasion have provided, and offered the public, connections to places where they can gather the necessary resources needed to celebrate the heritage of the LGBTQ community. In addition to directing enthusiastic site visitors to the Proud Trust who have produced an educational resource pack, they have a wallchart produced in association with the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education; Curriculum Subject area Identity Posters produced by Kit Heyam of York and a video created by Annette Pryce of the NUT LGBT+ Network which can be shown in schools.
Asides from the educational element of LGBTQ History Month, however, here are a few ways in which the nation have been supporting and celebrating it.
As apart of a campaign by Billboard, 'Love Letters To The LGBTQ Community' involved the site asking 'numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community'. Here's a few of the most heart-warming messages that are published on their site:
"Marriage equality is the law and that deserves a toast... to all of us, because we’re all unique and beautiful in our own way and entitled to love and be loved by whomever we choose."
~ Barbra Streisand
"What I envisioned being a simple letter to write is actually much harder than I expected mainly because I keep asking myself, "how can I put into words the immense gratitude that fills my heart?." I just can't. And this community, this family of exceptional human beings mean so much to me I feel so much pressure to articulate my love for you all."
- Christina Aguilera
"Follow Your Arrow" may have tanked on the country radio chart, but that song specifically has brought so much meaning, happiness, and listeners to my music that may not have been there otherwise. So, to my friends in the LGBTQ community: thank you. While the career stuff is great, it's fleeting. You changed me as a human."
- Kacey Musgraves
Barry Manilow Confirms He Is Gay
The renowned singer, Barry Manilow, 73, appeared on the cover of People magazine this week, talking about his 39-year romance with his manager and husband Garry Kief.
Barry Manilow thought his public confirmation would disappoint fans, but rather, it garnered a huge amount of support and celebration from the LGBTQ community
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” he said. “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful—strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”
The touching video campaign called 'Identities opens up a discourse around the 'disabled' label. These videos were created by mobility bathroom specialists, Bathing Solutions. The CEO of Bathing Solutions, Lawrence Warriner stated:
“We consider ourselves advocates for disabled people and supporting them has always been at the core of our brand. Through these three stories we hope to connect to people by demonstrating there are others out there battling the same issues with labels and identities.”