This year marks 40 years since the launch of the rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. February has marked LGBT history month with various recognition events throughout the country, promoting equality and diversity.
2018 is also the anniversary of Section 28, a regressive piece of legislation introduced by the Thatcher government of 1979-1990. Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work.
Ogmore Assembly Member and Welsh Government Minister stated: “This statement, as unbelievable as it now sounds, shows how far we have come in recognising people’s basic human rights and diverse cultures, making our world a better place. It has been good to see the national and local events, social media, press coverage of LGBT history month; ranging our National Assembly celebrating success after being recognised as Stonewall UK’s top employer for LGBT staff; the Senedd being illuminated in rainbow colours; rainbow flags flying high at the Assembly and our local authorities, Bridgend County Borough Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.”
LGBT History Month has been an opportunity to remember individuals and groups who have campaigned to change attitudes and behaviour and the law and to celebrate the progress we have made.