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The Wild Rainbows discuss LGBT History Month

The Wild Rainbows is our LGBT+ Advisory Group. The group makes sure people who identify as LGBT have their voice heard at Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies.

We recently discussed LGBT History Month which takes places each February. The Wild Rainbows wanted to share their own experiences with others to show why LGBT history is important.

We began by watching this short BBC film celebrating LGBT History Month. The film asked people in Brighton how much they knew about LGBT history and some of our heroes of the past.

The Wild Rainbows group includes people of all ages from people in their twenties to people in their sixties. Here they share their thoughts and experiences.

What did we think of the film?

“I enjoyed watching it.”

“Everyone’s equal.”

“I learnt things from this. It was nice to see Brighton.”

“I didn’t know half the stuff so I definitely learnt more about lesbian and gay history.”

What do we want to tell people reading this blog?

“We’re gay and proud.”

“Be what you are.”

“Stand up and be proud.”

Did any of you get taught LGBT history at school?

“It doesn’t get taught in schools. It should be taught in schools because people in schools might be gay and they should have it taught really.”

“What annoys me with school is that they did the anti-racist stuff which is great but they never did anything with LGBT. If they can do stuff on racism and black history they can do stuff about LGBT.”

Did you feel quite isolated while you were growing up if it wasn’t discussed at school?

“Definitely. It needs to be taught more.”

“It was worse for me because I was beaten up for it. People found out I was gay and started attacking me.”

“How can people be so cruel?”

“When I was at college some of the girls picked on me. Obviously I went to the teacher afterwards and she had a right go at them. And a few of them after it happened came out gay themselves. So I thought charming! You bully me for that and then you come out gay yourselves.”

“My friend texted me the other day and he said you are what you are and no-one can change it.”

Wild Rainbows – Out and proud!







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