Today we celebrate the beginning of LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month is of vital importance to our community, who have as a result of the legacy of Section 28 and other forms of repression often been excluded from the mainstream historical narratives.
This year we have much to celebrate. In September, thanks to the hard work of the TIE Campaign, Scotland became the first country to embed LGBT inclusive education in its curriculum, ensuring that no one will go through school feeling like they have no part in our shared history.
It is more important than ever that we as a community learn our history and about the shared struggles of everyone under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. This will be a pivotal year for LGBTQ+ people in Scotland as we anticipate legislation on GRA Reform and banning conversion therapy.
Knowing our history, of attempts to divide and demonise our community in the past, and of the necessity solidarity between all parts of our community will help us stand firm in the face of opposition and create new stories to pass on to the next generation.