"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity."
"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another."
Ask members to comment on the contribution of gay men and women to society?
Have they any family members or friends who are a part of the LGBT community?
Take a moment to think about types of discrimination and homophobia LGBT people have faced in the past?
What can we as Allies do to help stop this and improve the lives of LGBT people in this country and overseas?
ROUND 1. FACTS ABOUT THE LGBT COMMUNITY
1. What to the initials LGBT stand for?
2. What is the LGBT flag called?
3. Up until which year was it illegal to be gay (in the UK)?
4. What was the name given to the 1969 riots in The Castro district of San Fransisco?
5. What was the number of the Section Margaret Thatcher's government introduced in 1988 to outlaw teaching about LGBT issues in schools (leading to damaging homophobic bullying and its consequences)?
6. What do LGBT people call it when they reveal their sexuality and gender identity to friends and family?
7. What year were ‘Same Sex Marriages’ made legal in (most parts) of the UK?
8. How many countries do you think have passed similar laws?
9. In how many countries is it still illegal to be gay?
10. In how many countries is the death penalty still used for committing the ‘crime’ of loving someone of the same sex?
This why Pride Month continues to be so important. We have fought long and hard for our own rights. Now we need to fight for others to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that we (mostly) enjoy.
Complete these well known phrases by way of a group shout out (some of these phrases are outdated and discriminatory, but are sadly still used in common parlance) …
As gay as a GOOSE
Over the RAINBOW
A friend of DOROTHY
On the Lavender BUS
To finish with some positives …
As proud a PEACOCK
With your head held HIGH
Don’t look BACK
Best foot FORWARD
Pride and JOY
Flying the FLAG
Out and PROUD
I could go on. The list gets more and more obnoxious as you read down it.
Discuss. How should we refer to LGBT family members and friends? (I prefer ‘Si’ from people who I like and respect ✊)
ROUND 2. My Top 10 LGBT Cultural Icons
11. Clue. Irish Playwright
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
12. Clue. He broke 'The Enigma Code'
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
13. Clue. American Equal Rights Activist
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”