LGBT+ History Month is an important time of the year to celebrate the achievements of LGBT+ people, reflect on the ongoing fight for equality and to redouble our commitment to ensuring that all people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity are able to fulfil their potential and live their lives without fear of discrimination or hate.
It’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBT+ people feel valued, happy and safe. This means acting on issues that matter to the LGBT+ community all year round, and sending a message of solidarity and hope to LGBT+ people across the globe who continue to live under oppressive regimes – together we can achieve change and improve human rights.
Here in London, you’re free to love whoever you want to love and be whoever you want to be. That’s a big reason why our city is seen as a welcoming home for the LGBT+ community and has such a vibrant, thriving scene – one that is bursting with colour and makes a huge contribution to the life and soul of London.
As Mayor of London, I have been touched and humbled by the generosity and kindness I’ve received from the capital’s LGBT+ community. Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of leading the Pride in London parade, reinstating City Hall’s Pride reception and, alongside Night Czar Amy Lamé, taken important steps to safeguard LGBT+ venues across the capital.
Around the capital this month, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with LGBT+ History Month events – you could join an LGBT+ tour at the V&A, enjoy the free activities at the National Maritime Museum’s ‘Out At Sea’ family day, or you could visit Hackney Museum’s first ever LGBT+ exhibition.
I hope you have a fantastic LGBT+ History Month.
Mayor of London