LGBT History Month, celebrated in February in the UK, is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
The Labour Party’s work to educate and eradicate prejudice against the LGBT community, which has faced discrimination throughout history, carries on throughout the year: we organise to make discrimination illegal so that no LGBT person has to live in isolation and shame.
We have come a long way in achieving that, but victory is not yet won – we have a long way still to go: the fight for LGBT rights is far from over. The LGBT community continues to be a target for abuse, and even hate crime, and it is important for us to organise to maintain our hard-won rights. The support and determination of the Labour Party is crucial in that.
Success often seems to be out of reach, just over the horizon, but we must keep moving towards it. We have to keep going so that future generations will have the opportunity to continue with the fight.
Being able to live freely and openly in society is a pre-condition for total liberation: we cannot accept society’s judgement that our community is second- or third-class. We all have the right to live in different ways,to define and celebrate our differences.
Let’s celebrate the way change was made, organise to maintain it and evolve it further.
What we believe in, and expect, is quite simple: social, economic and political equality. We have the power to unite and to work together towards the changes that we need.
We don’t want just a piece of the pie, we want to change the pie.
Candy Terra, Barnsbury ward