February is LGBTQ+ history month and organisations across the UK and around the world provide free information to help educate and inform everyone of the past and present issues and challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Throughout the month, Writtle University College's LGBTQ+ Society will be sharing an exciting series of displays, events and blog posts to celebrate the achievements and advancements in society's acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.
The Students' Union will hold an LGBTQ+ Celebration Party in the 'Baa' on Friday 11th February. The usual entry fee will be waived and the event will be free and open to all students.
Film screenings are planned for 10th February (Pride), 25th February (Disclosure) and 28th February (The Imitation Game).
On 24th February, the Society will also be partnering with the Wellbeing Team to host a quiz night and the University College library features an informative display.
Students have also been invited to showcase their art skills by designing a pin badge for society members and allies of the LGBTQ+ Community. The winner will have their badge made and will receive a £25 Amazon Voucher.
Students' Union President, Vince Travers, said: "LGBTQ+ History Month is a time when the LGBTQ+ community can celebrate the achievements the community has made over the years. It is held in February to coincide with the anniversary of the abolition of Section 28 of The Local Government Act 1988, which prohibited the "promotion of homosexuality" by local authorities.
"However, it means a lot more than just the abolition of 1 piece of legislation; it's about all the advances made within society to be more inclusive of those that identify as LGBTQ+.
"As a gay man, LGBTQ+ History month is very important to me as it's a time when I can recognise and celebrate the achievements. Without the abolition of section 28, the legalisation of same-sex civil partnerships and later same-sex marriages, society would not be tolerant as it is now. Whilst there is still a long way to go before I can walk down the street holding my boyfriend's hand or share a kiss in public, society today is more tolerable of LGBTQ+ individuals, and I can now, most of the time, be myself without the fear of being attacked.
"As the Students' Union President, I would like to thank Olivia, Sortia and the rest of the society for putting on so much this month to acknowledge the significance of LGBTQ+ History Month and the work they have put into creating some fantastic resources to help educate the students."
For more information on upcoming webinars and events, visit https://www.wucstudentsunion.com/blog/categories/lgbtq