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Knowsley Council marks LGBT+ History Month

by Alison Cornmell

This February 2021 marks the annual month-long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) history.

As part of Knowsley Council’s commitment to making positive change in the borough for its residents it will mark this important, UK wide observance.

On Monday 1 February, the first day of LGBT+ History Month, the council will fly the rainbow flag outside the Huyton Municipal Building and the Kirkby Centre.

The Greystone Footbridge will also be lit in rainbow colours during the month, from 24-28 Feb.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:

“LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration that aims to educate people on the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community while promoting an inclusive modern society. We’re proud to help raise awareness of LGBT+ causes here in Knowsley and foster an inclusive environment across the borough.”

This year’s participation in LGBT+ History Month follows Knowsley Council’s launch of the No More campaign. No More addresses global issues of inequality and discrimination, using its power as a local authority to make positive change in Knowsley for its residents.

Working closely with a number of organisations including the Youth Cabinet and Vibe, the No More campaign specifically aims to raise awareness of hate crime, what it is and how it can be reported. It explores the definition of hate crime and how it’s motivated by hostility or prejudice based on things including disability, sex, age, race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. You can read more about the No More campaign here.

This year’s theme for LGBT+ History Month is ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ and you can find out more about LGBT+ History Month by visiting their website https://lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk/.

LGBT+ History Month is organised by Schools OUT UK – The LGBT+ Education Charity.