“What is LGBTQ+?”
Anyone who does not identify as heterosexual (only) have a variety of terms they use to describe themselves: Homosexual, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Pansexual, Asexual…
Anyone who does not identify with their assigned gender (only) also have several terms to describe themselves too: Trans, Transgender, Transman, Transwoman, Man, Woman, Transexual, Genderqueer, Androgynous, Transvestite…
And all these human beings stand together as the LGBTQ+ Community.
LGBTQ+ History month is a time to stand by our friends, family members, colleagues & students and honour, respect and understand the struggle they have faced. To show solidarity in their fight for acceptance, equality, and Freedom.
It is time to understand that regardless of a person’s sexual preferences, how they Gender/Identify, or even how they dress, the LGBTQ+ community are human beings: With thoughts, feelings, talent, and a history full of sorrow, strength, and adversity.
Notable members of the LGBTQ+ Community?
I’d like to start with Alan Turing – and yes, you have heard his name before. Alan Turing was a mathematician and computer Scientist. This man, during the second world war, cracked the German Enigma Code. The Enigma code was a ‘enciphering machine’ used by German Armed Forces to send messages securely. Breaking this Code saved millions of lives. Turing stands shoulder to shoulder in history with Winston Churchill in leading an allied victory over Hitler.
In 1952 Turing was outed as gay, and as it was still a crime in Great Britain, he was chemically castrated. 2 years later Turing took his own life.
April Ashley – In the 1960s April was outed as a trans-woman, she was born a boy in 1935. In 1971 her husband filed for an annulment and the judge ruled that the marriage should be annulled as April was in fact Male. This ruling had long-lasting implications for trans people, as the judge had determined that the legal gender of April, and therefore the legal gender of all trans people, was the gender they were assigned at birth.
30 years of fighting and finally in 2004 the law was finally changed with the Gender Recognition Act. And in 2012 April was awarded an MBE for her services to Transgender Equality. (Also, I really recommending looking April up, not only is she beautiful, she is fashion goals!)
And you should learn about Lady Phyll, co-founder, trustee, and executive director of UK Black Pride. Sister literally turned down an invitation to the Order of the British Empire in protest of the sodomy laws that continue to persecute, torture, and even kill LGBTQ+ people across the world – laws put in place by the British Empire.
There are countless other people who laid down their lives, were persecuted and tortured; and LGBTQ+ History Month pays respect to all of those that fought, and continue to fight, just for basic human rights.
Be the best version of you!
I was incredibly honoured to write the blog this week. And I am proud of all the LGBTQ+ people I know. I will always stand by you in your fight and will always encourage you to #liveyourbestlife and be the best version of yourself that you can be (regardless of societal pressures, social constructs, and small-minded people).
Stand up, be seen, and be FABULOUS!