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LGBTQ+ History Month

By RGUStuart 25 Feb 2021

This is LGBTQ+ History Month and to celebrate it I thought I would share some recommendations of things to watch, read, listen to and services that provide help and support.

Being a Gay man myself I have always felt passionate about the LGBTQ+ Community and learning about the history and activism that has paved the way to equality. 

Olly Alexander et al. posing for the camera

The TV show:

It’s A Sin

A British television drama written and created by Russell T Davies. The five-part miniseries is set from 1981 to 1991 in London. It depicts the lives of a group of gay men and their friends who lived during the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United Kingdom.

If you haven’t already seen it then this is definitely a must watch! 


The Film:


A British historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford. Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raise money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

A great watch! 

The Documentary:


A NETFLIX original Directed by Sam Feder.

The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture.

Definitely worth adding to your Netflix watchlist.


The Long Read:

Good as You, From Prejudice To Pride: 30 Years Of Great Britain by Paul Flynn

‘One of the most important books about gay culture in recent times’

In 1984 the pulsing electronics and soft vocals of Small-town Boy would become an anthem uniting gay men. A month later, an aggressive virus, HIV, would be identified and a climate of panic and fear would spread across the nation, marginalising an already ostracised community. Yet, out of this terror would come tenderness and 30 years later, the long road to gay equality would climax with the passing of same sex marriage.

a group of people posing for a photo

The Short Read:

The Riot That Changed America’s Gay Rights Movement Forever written by Ed Pilkington for The Guardian

Tells the story of Stonewall, A rebellion and a release of fear and celebration of personhood by queer Americans standing proud and unashamed.


The Podcast:

The Log Books

An award-winning podcast charting the history of LGBTQ+ life in Britain as noted by the volunteers at the helpline switchboard. Each episode of this stirring podcast centres around log book entries made by the volunteers who staffed the phones from Switchboard’s first day and offers a unique insight into issues facing LGBTQ+ people in the 70s, 80s and 90s. 

The Stories:

Not Another Second – the first in a national series of cultural campaigns – tells the untold stories of 12 LGBT+ seniors and explores the years they lost due to societal constraints.

Not Another Second


The Festival:

OUTing the Past

The International Festivals of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History is an international celebration that comprises events throughout the year and around the world, and a conference and gathering for academics and activists once a year in February.

This Year it’s gone Digital 

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