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LGBT History Month 2016

Annual observance of lesbian, gay, bi and trans history, founded by Schools OUT.

Celebrated in the UK in February, and founded by the charity Schools OUT, the aim of the month is to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people from our past and present. 

The theme of this year’s history month is Religion, Belief & Philosophy.

Visit the official LGBT History Month website for details of all activities, events and news.

Role Models

At Stonewall we’re proud to work with lots of inspirational LGBT people of faith in our work to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We'll profile role models and their stories throughout the month. 

I'm gay. I'm Christian. You can be both.

Kieran BohanKieran Bohan

Kieran has worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in Liverpool for 10 years. He is a member of Changing Attitude, which supports the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people  in the Anglican Church. Kieran and his partner were the first same-sex couple to register a civil partnership in a place of worship in the UK. Read more of his story.

 

 

 

I'm a woman, a Catholic, an Indian and a member of the LGBT community.

Ruby Almeida Ruby Almeida

Ruby is a lecturer and a campaigner for LGBT equality. She was born in Rajasthan in India and moved to England when she was 11. She is the Chair of QUEST, a pastoral support group for LGBT Catholics. She asks people to take and accept her as a whole and not just for one aspect of her identity. Read more of her story.

 

 

It's about being gay and muslim, not gay or muslim.

Asad DhunnaAsad Dhunna

Asad works in marketing and lives in London, where he grew up. He writes about what it’s like to be a British Muslim for the Huffington Post, Vice Magazine, The Independent, on his own blog and on Twitter @asaddRead more of his story.

 

 

 

I'm proud to be both Christian and LGBT. 

Karl RutlidgeDr Karl Rutlidge

Karl is a bisexual trans man who is also a Christian. He lives in Birmingham and is currently training to be a Minister in the Methodist Church, which means he writes essays and helps out in a local church. He also plays pool (badly) and drinks lots of coffee. Read more of his story.

 

 

To my Sikh LGBT friends and family, you are not alone. Keep being you. 

Manjinder Singh Sidhu Manjinder Singh Sidhu

Manjinder is an international human rights spiritual activist, author and speaker, who is passionate about equality and helping others. He produces video blogs to help other LGBT South Asians and offers life coaching to empower individuals to make change happen. Read more of his story.

 

 

It's perfectly ok to be trans and a person of faith. Don't let anyone tell you the opposite. You know who you are!

Surat-Shaan KnanSurat-Shaan Knan

Surat-Shaan is a Jewish trans man. He spent most of his young years in the Mediterranean, and now lives in London. He is an international speaker, writer and campaigner. He feels he’s never quite fi tted neatly into ‘those little gender boxes of female and male’. He’s also an active member of the Liberal Jewish community, working for UK charity Liberal Judaism, and feels blessed to be part of a welcoming and inclusive faith community. 

 

Hinduism teaches us to find peace and to take care of all forms of life. My soul is neither man nor woman. 

Picture of Reshma JoharReshma Johar

Reshma was born in the UK and raised in a Indian household. She lived with her parents, grandparents and sister and had a large extended family. Growing up they celebrated Hindu festivals and Gujarati culture together such as Diwali, Holi, and Raksha Bandhan. She spent most of life living through separate boxes - religion, family and sexuality. She only became confident about her sexuality when she learnt more about her religion and because of her grandma's acceptance. Read more of her story.

 

As a Humanist I believe in freedom and equality for everyone, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.

Picture of Andrew Copson

Andrew Copson

Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association and President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Humanist organisations campaign for a world without prejudice and discrimination. That means recognising the dignity of all individuals and ensuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people enjoy the same equal rights as everyone else.

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Share your story

We want to hear from LGBT people of faith about their experiences. Please fill out our form below.

We may share your story on our website and social media channels. We may also ask you to be a case study for the media, but we will always seek your permission before doing this.