The aim of the month is to help to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, LGBT people and history.
Founded in 2004 by Schools OUT co-chairs, Paul Patrick & Professor Emeritus Sue Sanders, it was first celebrated in February 2005 and continues to grow and develop each year. Each year Schools OUT sets a different theme with these years #BehindTheLens campaign celebrating LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens.
You can find out more and download assets on Schools Out LGBT+ History page.
In the last 12 months we have been working to educate the community we serve and grassroots football including educational workshops and events:
LGBTQ+ Intersectionality Recording
LGBTQ+: What's the T
During the month we are committed to supporting LGBT+ History and work on activations moving forwards to ensure Greater Manchester is inclusive for all. We are looking to interview anybody who identifies as LGBT+ and is involved in football. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact us here!
We believe it is important to continue developing attitudes and become more inclusive in society and sport to ensure everyone feels safe. The following statistics are taken from Stonewall with information on their Rainbow Laces campaign in 2022 available to view here
Over 1.4 million people in the UK identify as LGBTQ+.
Only 43% of sport fans think live sport events are welcoming for LGBTQ+ fans
14% of sport fans still think homophobic remarks are acceptable in sport
Just 40% of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for gay and bi men
43% of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for lesbian and bi women
Only 29% of sport fans think competitive sport is welcoming for trans sport personalities