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LGBTQ+ History Month

PoppyBPoppyB Posts: 219 Moderator
February is LGBTQ+ History Month!

This is a month long reflection of notable LGBTQ+ historical figures, and also time to focus on raising awareness and tackling prejudice of the LGBTQ+ community. 

One important figure was Alan Turing:
  • Alan Turing was a maths genius who created code-breaking machines which helped to end World War 2. His understanding of computers still influences modern computing to this day. 
  • However, in 1952 he was charged with "gross indecency" for having a relationship with a man. He was found guilty and forced to undergo chemical castration which meant he also had to stop the code-breaking work that had proved vital to the UK and Allies in World War 2. Two years later, he committed suicide, aged just 41 years old.
  • It took until 2013 for Turing to receive a pardon, and in 2016, this pardon was extended to all men who had been convicted under the same law. 
  • Alan Turing now also appears on the new £50 note

LGBTQ+ achievements in 2020 so far:
  • Northern Ireland had its first same-sex marriages
  • Phillip Schofield came out as gay
  • Jameela Jamil came out as queer
  • Switzerland backed a proposal to make discrimination due to sexuality illegal
  • The UK will have it’s first ever Muslim Pride festival
  • Rainbow crossings are popping up all over the country
  • LGBT characters now make up 10% of series regular on TV, up 1.4% from last year.
  • A High Court has permanently banned demonstrations against LGBT inclusive education outside a primary school in Birmingham
I hope you found that interesting, let me know if you would like to hear about other influential LGBTQ+ individuals :)

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