This month is LGBTQ+ History Month and to celebrate it Sue Sanders, its co-founder, has been speaking out about diversity and tackling homophobia. She and Paul Patrick founded this event in 2004 to celebrate LGBTQ+ History. Every year there is a theme and this year it is poetry, prose and plays.
The reason why LGBTQ+ History Month was founded is because Sanders felt that schools were not teaching enough about the subject despite homophobia being a big problem in schools, as it is still today. Sanders wants to ‘usualise’ (a term she prefers to ‘normalise’) lessons about LGBTQ+ subjects. What she finds most concerning today is the rise of hate crime and wants this month to raise awareness of this. Finally, she wants to make sure that LGBTQ+ representation is more diverse, as is so often not the case.