Logo of LGBT History Month 2015

We are celebrating LGBT History Month February 2015

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community and aims to combat prejudice against the LGBT community.

At Wolverhampton Homes we embrace and celebrate diversity among our staff and customers and we want to become one of the best places to work for LGBT staff in the UK.

Our "Proud to be Me Network" work to continually raise the profile of LGBT equality. They work with local LGBT groups to learn from them and to ensure our services meet the needs of everyone.

To celebrate and show our support, we've turned our website into rainbow colours for the month.

Did you know?

Lesbian and gay people have, for centuries, struggled to be accepted as equal and treated humanely, fairly and with dignity.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the key dates in LGBT history in England:

  • Before 1967: Homosexuality was illegal (lesbianism wasn't a crime as Queen Victoria allegedly refused to believe it existed).
  • 1967: Sexual Offences Act partially de-criminalises male homosexuality making age of consent 21.
  • 1994: Age of consent lowered for gay men from 21 in 18.
  • 2001: Age of consent lowered for gay men to 16 – equalising it with that for heterosexuals.
  • 2002: Equal rights are granted to lesbian and gay couples applying for adoption.
  • 2004: Civil Partnership Act gives same-sex couples rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage.
  • 2005: Elton John was one of the first to enter into a civil partnership with his partner David Furnish on 21 December 2005.
  • 2004: Sexual Offence Act 2004 sweeps away the Victorian Laws that were discriminatory towards gay men. Recognition of homophobic  assault as a ‘hate crime.
  • 2005: LGBT History Month adopted in UK throughout February
  • 2010: Equality Act in UK bans unfair treatment of people for their ‘protected characteristics’, amongst which are sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
  • 2012: Wolverhampton has its first Pride event organized by the LGBT Network Wolverhampton and we were there. (Read more about our first Pride on our Chief Executive's blog.)
  • 2013: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 passed.
  • 2014: Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales 

Our Proud to be Me network would love more tenants to join them so that we can check that we are getting our services right for LGBT tenants. If you'd like to be involved or want to hear more about it, please get in touch with: Proudtobeme@wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk.

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