“The theme of this month is ‘coded lives’, which highlights the hidden histories of LGBT people and allows us to reflect on a time when, if they were of the same sex, the identity of the person you love would have to be kept secret.
“Since I wrote the forward to the first LGBT History Month magazine in 2012 we have seen significant advances in equality for LGBT people in the UK and welcome moves in other parts of the world, most significantly the USA.
“I am proud to have played a small part in the progression of equality in the UK: I became the first Conservative Prime Minister in the world to introduce same-sex marriage and over the past four years the Government has published the world’s first transgender equality action plan, launched a Charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport, recognised overseas same-sex marriages and unions and most recently launched a project specifically designed to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. The work undertaken in the UK has resulted in us being recognised as the No1 country in Europe for LGBT equality for the fourth year in a row.
“When I was asked about my support for equal marriage I said that it was wrong for people’s love to be divided by law and that I wanted young LGBT people to grow up in a country knowing they were equally valued and could achieve their full potential. When I said that I had in mind people like Alan Turing, whose efforts during World War II saved millions of lives and whose work lead to the first computer. It was an important moment when in 2013 he received a Royal Pardon. Never again should our country lose the potential brilliance of people like Turing, nor families suffer the loss of loved ones, simply because they are gay.
“Gandhi once said that “a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history” and that description is a fitting one for the LGBT activists and campaigners that have changed minds and won hearts.
“History month is a time to celebrate but also to focus on the challenges ahead, to learn from the past and work together for a better future.”
Rt Hon David Cameron