There are many LGBT+ related events that take place throughout the year; locally, nationally and globally. There are now so many taking place around the world that it would be impossible to list them all, but on this page, you will be able to find information on some of the events that are pertinent to those in our LGBT+ communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Here are some key dates in the LGBT+ calendar that shOUT! will be supporting in 2018:

LGBT History Month

February is celebrated as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month in the UK and in some parts of the world. This is intended to celebrate the lives and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and communities and also to highlight the need to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has, over the years supported initiatives during LGBT History Month. To see our activities at previous LGBT History Month events, please click the button below.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has over the years supported initiatives during LGBT History Month including the following:

  1. Flying the rainbow flag at Service Headquarters and offer additional flags to other Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service premises/stations
  2. Central Fire and Rescue Station displaying a large wall banner – visible to the public with a message of support
  3. Rainbow badges available to staff on request (limited number) through the Equality and Diversity Advisor
  4. Publishing and attending local events aimed at celebrating LGBT history
  5. Using social media throughout the month to promote LGBT History Month

For 2018, the theme for LGBT History Month is Geography: Mapping the World. The organisation for LGBT+ youth, the Proud Trust, have produced a resource and education pack and a Powerpoint presentation which can be downloaded below:

2018 LGBT History Month Events

Saturday 3 February 2018

Service for all faiths and non, to recognise and celebrate the LGBT+ community Venue: St Mary’s Church Hinckley – 17:00hrs

Tuesday 13 February 2018

New group for LGBT+ to offer support, advice and provide social activities Venue: St Mary’s Church Hall from 16:00hrs to 17:30hrs

Saturday 17th February 2018

Hinckley Library are hosting a talk from 14:00hrs – 15:00hrs

  • Free event, no pre-booking needed, all welcome
  • Talk by Mathew Hulbert (local LGBT+ activist and campaigner and Chair of the LGBT centre in Leicester) “Near and Far….The Fight for LGBT+ Equality”
  • The talk will be about the importance of LGBT History Month and what it means to Hinckley and Bosworth

Friday 23rd of February 2018

The Leicester LGBT Centre will be hosting Jarman in Pieces by Project Adorno, a performance collage comprising original songs, film, and interviews from people who knew the gay rights activist author Derek Jarman. The event will take place at the Leicester LGBT Centre from 6.30 to 9.30. After the 1 hour performance, we will be playing Jarman’s last film Blue (1993) and everyone will be more than welcome to stay for it.

Leicester Pride

Leicester Pride is Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, held at the beginning of September each year (normally on the first Saturday). The event has traditionally been free to attend and celebrates equality and diversity in our community. Leicester Pride is a family event with entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages. The event starts at 12 noon with a parade through the city centre leading to the festival site on Victoria Park. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service support the event each year alongside our colleagues from Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service, participating in the parade and with a large presence at the park. Our aim is to celebrate with our LGBT+ community, whilst offering safety advice and information on recruitment. We also attend many other Pride events, regionally and nationally. A list of Pride events around the UK can be found below.

To see our attendance at various Pride events, click the button below:

Please see below to download the Promoting Services at Leicester Pride 2016 document:

Stonewall Diversity

The charity Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act, and is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying on behalf of LGBT communities across the UK and internationally. They continue to organise campaigns, events and programmes. Details of Stonewall events coming up in 2018, as well as other national and global events related to the LGBT equality movement, can be found by clicking the button below.

To see our attendance at Stonewall events, click here: