How To Celebrate LGBT History Month 2023 In Your Workplace
In the diversity and inclusion calendar, it is important to recognise LGBT History Month every February ahead of LGBT Pride Month in June. The two events work together to educate people on historic LGBTQ+ events, celebrate equality milestones and improve LGBTQ+ equality in the United Kingdom.
This LGBT History Month, it is important to recognise the event in the workplace, in schools and at home. In a corporate environment, where diversity and inclusion are vital for performance and wellbeing, honouring LGBT History Month makes a meaningful difference to employees.
When is LGBT History Month 2023?
LGBT History Month is recognised from the 1st - 28th of February 2023. In the UK, the event is honoured in February to coincide with the abolition of Section 28 in 2003, which prohibited the “promotion” of homosexuality.
Why is LGBT History Month important?
In the workplace, a recent survey found that 25% of the LGBTQ+ community have experienced discrimination based on their orientation, and 31% reported feeling unhappy or depressed. These statistics alone highlight the importance of informative awareness events like LGBT History Month.
LGBTQ+ history is often left out of the school curriculum, leaving many people unaware of such events as the Stonewall Riots in 1969. In February, LGBT educators strive to bridge this knowledge gap with informative events and seminars.
Hire an LGBT Speaker
One of the most powerful ways to inspire meaningful action in your employees is with an LGBTQ+ speaker. These insightful figures have dedicated their lives to educating audiences with their personal stories of perseverance in the face of discrimination. Attendees come away with a new perspective on the LGBTQ+ fight for equality.
Top LGBT Speakers for LGBT History Month 2023:
Billie Jean King: Former #1 Tennis Player & Equality Advocate
Jake & Hannah Graf: UK’s Most Influential Trans Couple
Inga Beale: 1st Female CEO of Lloyds of London
Nicola Adams: Named the Most Influential LGBT Person in Britain
Nigel Owens: Gay Sports Personality of the Decade
Justin Bengry: Director of the Centre for Queer History
The perfect addition to both virtual and in-person events, an LGBT speaker has the passion and knowledge to resonate with audiences. You want your LGBT History Month event to have a meaningful impact, so hire an orator who will leave audiences empowered to take a stand against discrimination.
Host an Inclusion Training Workshop
Differing from corporate events, inclusion training workshops are hands-on, interactive occasions that encourage attendees to question their biases. Commonly hosted by an experienced, powerful speaker, such workshops aim to incite meaningful change in a workplace team.
Gareth Thomas is one of the most empowering LGBT hosts available to book. He shattered gender and sexual stereotypes when he came out as gay, following a long, successful career in rugby. Such an experience makes Gareth the perfect training workshop leader, as he is equipped with personal stories and actionable takeaways to resonate with attendees.
Read feedback from our client, Shop Direct, following Gareth’s engagement at their LGBTQ+ Pride event:
Gareth was amazing yesterday, such a lovely friendly guy, and his talk was extremely emotional and powerful. We have had some fantastic feedback. Please pass on my thanks to Gareth, it was great to have him here taking part in our Pride events for 2019.
Support a Queer-Owned Business
A fantastic way to recognise LGBT History Month is by supporting a queer-owned business, who have likely faced prejudice on their entrepreneurial journey. Hire an LGBTQ+ catering company for your team social or treat your employees to some baked goods from a queer-owned store, to celebrate History Month in style.
Though it is important to incorporate queer-owned businesses into your buying habits all year round, February is the perfect month to kickstart your research and start offering support to local organisations!
Deliver an Inclusion Proposal
The most meaningful way to recognise LGBT History Month in the workplace is to start with your own company. It is easy to post an LGBTQ+ flag on LinkedIn, but real, meaningful action includes making an inclusion pledge or improving your discrimination policies.
A great place to start is with an inclusion proposal. These written plans outline how you will improve diversity and inclusion within your company, and protect the LGBTQ+ community at the same time. This may look like updating your policies, investing in a diversity consultant, like Perrine Farque, or clamping down on homophobic bullying and bias.
Brush Up on Your History
The purpose of LGBT History Month is to educate and inform. With so many people unaware of LGBT events and figures in the past, use February 2023 to teach your employees the importance of LGBTQ+ history.
In February, host a viewing of queer films for your workplace. This relaxed approach to education will be both informative and enjoyable, making it more likely to have a positive impact on your employees. Speakers like Justin Bengry, who spearheaded the UK's first MA in Queer History, are on-hand to educate your employees of the successes and strifes of the LGBTQ+ community.
Once your employees understand the importance of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, make sure to put out donation boxes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charities throughout your workplace.