What is LGBT+ History Month?
LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of LGBT+ people in all their diversity, aiming to raise awareness and educate out prejudice. The month-long event provides role models, builds community and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT+ community.
LGBT+ History Month started in the US in 1994. 11 years later it began in the UK, following an initiative created by teachers. In 2005, Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick set up LGBT History Month as part of a Schools Out UK project. The programme aims to educate young people about the issues members of the LGBT+ community face and to make schools feel inclusive for everyone.
Why is LGBT+ History Month important to OAS?
LGBT+ History Month is celebrated every February by schools, colleges and various organisations across the country. At OAS, we’re committed to welcoming and celebrating all forms of talent and we want to increase young people’s awareness of the LGBT+ community through education.
Research by the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2019 shows that LGBT engineers are less likely to say ‘I can be open about my sexual orientation’. At OAS, we want to combat this and create a training centre where apprentices can be their true selves. We’re working towards this by celebrating events like LGBT+ History Month and showcasing role models within engineering and manufacturing.
What support is available?
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What are we doing at OAS?
Throughout the month we’ll be talking about what the month means to OAS as well as sharing examples of inspirational figures and their stories. Keep an eye on our social media channels to see what we’ve got in store.
Our celebration of LGBT+ History Month is part of our new focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) at OAS. Over the coming months, we’ll be recognising more key events in the ED&I calendar, as we engage with stakeholders throughout our local communities through a broader programme to raise our ED&I profile, improve awareness, and increase diversity in apprenticeships.
We want to work collaboratively with our apprentices, employers, and parents to build on the inclusive work we have already begun and the infrastructure in place. If you would like to get involved please contact our ED&I Partner, James Jackson at email@example.com
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