Annie, Student Intern tells us more LGBT History month, this week, ‘L’ is for Lesbian …
Over the next 4 weeks we will posting blogs to recognise and raise awareness regarding LGBT+ History Month. LGBT history month is an annual celebration and recognition of anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender, and takes place every year in February. We will be posting one blog a week in relation to each letter, so next week will be ‘G’ is for Gay. There are a number of events that are taking place over the course of the month, so keep an eye on these blogs to find out more.
A brief bit of history
- 1969 – Stonewall Riots, spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of gay (LGBT) community in Manhattan, New York city, single most important event leading to gay liberation movement.
- 1974 – Maureen Colquhoun came out as first lesbian MP for Labour party in the UK
- 1990 – Homosexuality no longer deemed an illness by The World Health Organisation
- 2001 – The first same sex marriage law first passed in the Netherlands
- 2004 – Civil Partnership Act came into effect in the UK
- 2014 – Same sex marriage law came into effect in the UK.
Well known gay celebrities
Most well known for her TV talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, DeGeneres is a widely recognised comedian, television host, actress, writer and producer. DeGeneres first came out as a Lesbian in 1997. The bold disclosure of her sexual orientation led to a massive increase in interest from the media, eventually stunting her professional career due to her struggle to cope. Eventually after the overturn of the same sex marriage ban, she married Portia de Rossi on August 16, 2008. In the UK, with the exception of Northern Ireland, same sex marriage was passed by Parliament till July
2014, before it came into force on March 13th 2014.
Probably most well known for her work in Juno, the X-Men Series and Inception, Page is a well-known Canadian actress. On February 14th 2014, Page came out as a gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaigns ‘Time to Thrive’ conference. She later admitted to being in a relationship with artist and surfer Samantha Thomas, a relationship she later went on to discuss on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Lynch is a well-known American actress, singer and comedian, with one of her most famous parts being Sue Sylvester in Glee. In 2013, she received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Jane has been open about the fact she struggled to come to terms with the fact she was gay when she was growing up, saying “for me, to be ostracized would have been the worst thing”, however is now openly lesbian. She was married in 2010 to her ex-wife Lara Embry. Lynch furthered her involvement in lesbian culture when she wrote, and acted in, the play ‘Oh Sister, My Sister’ which started the Lesbians in Theater program at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
Important Dates to remember
- ‘Faith in Coming Out’ – a Panel discussion with guest speakers; 6pm, Main Building Council Chamber, Park Place, Cardiff.
- Lunchtime seminar with Canon Jeremy Pemberton (Jeremy has recently been through an employment tribunal in relation to taking up a post as a hospital chaplain after marrying his partner) – Wednesday 17th February, 12.30PM-1.30pm, Room 0.01, Psychology Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff.
LGBT History Month Events Calendar details all events during the month.
Support for the LGBT Community
Rainbow Bridge – If you ever feel you have been a victim of domestic abuse or any other hate crime, it’s important to know where to turn. Victim Support recently launched Rainbow Bridge, a new specialist serviced in Cardiff and The Vale to support victims of domestic abuse from the LGBT community. The service offers confidential emotional support and practical information. For victim support call 0300 3031 982 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind Out – This is a great mental health service that is run by and for the LGBT community. They welcome enquiries about mental help and can help you find the support you need. To contact Mind Out either call 02920 39 51 23 or email: email@example.com
Contacting Counselling, Health & Wellbeing
Watch our video and see for yourself that we have friendly and approachable staff. Staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Whatever it is you need help with please contact us – you can access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a non-bookable, 10-15 minutes appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.
If you are worried about your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have GP please contact Park Place Surgery.
Annie, Student Intern
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