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In 2019 the LGBTI History Month will be going global

In 2019 the LGBTI History Month will be going global

Marielle Franco stands smiling at camera on the street of a rio favela

In 2019, the annual LGBTI History Month will be one of the biggest ever.

Not only is the grassroots event celebrating its 15th anniversary but it commemorating some of the most loved LGBTI activists.

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Peace, Reconciliation and Activism’. They have chosen activists, Marielle Franco, Magnus Hirschfield, Robert Graves, and Marsha P Johnson as the four featured faces of the month.

One of the main events of LGBT History Month is OUTing the Past, the official LGBT history festival.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will go international. It will have 18 hubs in England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden and New York.

These will host over 100 presentations by leading academics, passionate amateur historians and activists on wide ranging subjects.

‘For too long, LGBT people have been hidden or lied to by omission so we wish to enable people to learn about the immense contributions we’ve made to this country and beyond, thus challenging negative stereotypes and homophobia,’ said LGBT History Month founder, Sue Sanders.

‘We also aim to make LGBT people in all our diversity visible proud and safe.’

OUTing the Past will also include original theatre about 19th century poet Walt Whitman and a play reading about the life of activist Peter Tatchell. Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk will also make an appearance at the festival.