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LGBT History Month founder excited for 2012 event

LGBT History Month founder excited for 2012 event

Sue Sanders, founder of British LGBT History Month is eagerly anticipating the launch of the eighth annual event.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Sanders said: 'I am so excited and proud of our community.

'We have grabbed a space, a concept and populated it with such a myriad of ideas that demonstrate the diversity of our community.

The success of the yearly event wouldn't be possible without the dedicated help of others Sanders explains: 'The tiny group of volunteers that make sure the website is up to date, gets the bulletin out, maintains the Facebook page and updates the status of the month and ensures the calendar works can now recognise that once again our community has answered the call to claim our history, celebrate our present and create our future.

Held in numerous venues across the UK, the event will have something for everybody.

'The LGBT History Month calendar offers a wide variety of events all-round the country from theatres, museums, local authorities, schools, colleges universities, libraries, cinemas, unions on the radio and of course LGBT organisations.

'You can learn about the Romans, hate crime, homophobia in schools, heath issues, queer activism, Victorian cross dresses, Alan Turing, about how to adopt, LGBT heroes in the second world war, gender identity issues, Harvey Milk, gay and lesbian marriage in Georgian England and Marlene Dietrich.

'Go on guided walks, attend a church service to celebrate the month, meet the Cardiff Dragons football team and watch rugby with Bristol Bisons and the Spartans.

'Be entertained by singers, dancers, poets, comedians, cabaret artists, remember members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who have been murdered, hear the London gay symphony orchestra, listen to myths and stories, take a walk in a cemetery and discover the graves of lesbians and cross dressers.'

If you do attend any of the LGBT History Month events this year, Sanders wants to hear from you!

'Please do let us know if you go to an event what you thought of it and what your plans are for next year.

'I hope to see you at some of the events – enjoy!'

For the second year running, LGBT History Month is celebrating sport in all its diversity with the theme 'tackling homophobia and transphobia in the world of sport'. Next year's theme has been confirmed as maths and science with music following in 2014.

A new wikimedia website, LGBT History Project, was launched last year at the History Month prelaunch event at the Oval Cricket Ground in South London while a timeline of sporting achievements by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was launched by champion powerlifter and Gay Games Ambassador Chris Morgan.

Sanders will be speaking at the opening of the Queer Question Time event alongside Cabinet Member for Equalities and Community Engagement Abdul Mohamed on 1 February at Glaziers Hall.