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Why it’s important to teach LGBTQ+ History in the UK

Updated: Feb 18, 2022

This week at Diverse History UK we have published our first instantly downloadable resources, but this is only the beginning for us.

We are currently working on the creation of an intellectually stimulating, interactive scheme of work which allows students to explore the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Britain, starting with the anti-gay legislation known as the ‘Buggery Act,’ passed by Henry VIII’s government in 1533. It was also in 1533 that the then criminal issue of Sodomy passed from the ecclesiastical courts to the state courts, making it a legal as well as a moral crime. This was the just beginning of anti-gay laws that were passed by the British state, and this unit will touch on many more as well as exploring the many British heroes of the LGBTQ+ movement.

In today’s Britain, as more and more young people are identifying as members of the LGBTQ+ community, it's incredibly important that everyone in and outside the community has a developed understanding of how the rights that the LGBTQ+ community now have, were fought and died for by our pre-decessors. As modern Brits it can be easy to forget about the struggles that have come before us, and in order for students to be socially active, political citizens it is essential they have a grasp of the sense that rights are often fought for.

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