Throughout February, Solihull Council will be celebrating LGBT+ History Month. 2022 is a particularly notable year, as it will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK.
The aim of LGBT+ History Month is to raise awareness and educate people on LGBT matters and welfare to create a safe environment for this traditionally marginalised community, to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities and can flourish within our society.
In recognition of the occasion, the Council will be flying the Pride flag above the Council House throughout February. 2021 also saw the Council install rainbow crossings in the borough – one outside the Council House, and another on Burtons Way, Smiths Wood.
Cllr Bob Sleigh OBE, Cabinet Member for Resources at Solihull Council, said:
“I am very proud that we are a welcoming employer for those from diverse backgrounds. As an organisation it is vital we once again make efforts to commemorate LGBT+ History Month and push for equal opportunities within and outside the Council.
“Throughout the month, we will be offering sessions for Council employees to take part in an LGBT+ Awareness course. As a local Council we serve the borough’s residents, and we must make sure we reflect and understand the diversity of all our communities. Providing opportunities for our employees to learn more, have important conversations, and better understand the experiences of others is very important to delivering our high-quality services to all our residents.
“Working to make sure we truly represent the diverse LGBT+ communities we serve will make a big difference in our duty to the wider community as whole.”
Solihull Library Reading List
The Core Library has put together a list of recommended book titles for LGBT+ History Month. A range of fiction and non-fiction titles are available to browse in physical format, e-audio format and e-book format on the library website.
LGBT+ History Month Calendar
A calendar of events being held throughout the month is available on the LGBT+ History Month website.