LGBT History Month 2013LGBT History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans people. It also gives us an opportunity to remember that gay and bisexual men and women have been active within society throughout history.

Politics is an important area for all of our lives, but it was only as recently as 1984, when Chris Smith, Labour, became the first MP to come out in office, and it was 2011 before we saw Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservative Party become the first out Leader of a major United Kingdom political party.

Fortunately, times and attitudes have changed considerably for the better since politicians had to hide their sexual orientation if they wanted a career in politics.

As a special event for LGBT History Month, three successful Leeds politicians (Stuart Andrew MP (Con), Cllr Adam Ogilvie (Lab) and Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem)) will talk and answer questions about their experience of being gay in a mainstream political party and what’s changed since they first entered politics. The event will be of interest for anyone with an interest in politics and in how gay people are making their mark in civic and public life.

Date: Friday 22 February 2013
Time: 15:00 onwards
Place: East Room, Leeds Civic Hall.

The running order for the event is as follows:

  • 3.00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 3.15 Stuart Andrews MP
  • 4.15 Councillor Stuart Golton (video interview)
  • 4.30 Councillor Ogilvie

The events are open to everyone – not just council staff – so please spread the word around your networks. If you will attending please email the LGB Staff network inbox to confirm your place.

Look forward to seeing you there

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