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This years’ LGBTQ+ history months theme is Body, Mind and Spirit.

Each year five faces are chosen in line with the theme.  The faces of 2021 have been chosen as they encapsulate mind, body and spirit within the LGBT+ community, you can find out more about them here:

Lily Parr

Mark Ashton

Maya Angelou

Michael Dillon

Mark Weston

What’s on?

As part of LGBTQ+ history month, the CIH is working with partners from across the sector to highlight the experiences of LGBTQ+ housing professionals and residents.

On Tuesday 16 February, they will be hosting a free online event – Building the house of Stonewall.  We will hear about the current situation across the sector, showcasing the work of organisations currently working in this space. We will also share the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people who have been impacted and made homeless as a result of discrimination over the last 50 years.

Join us to learn more, see how we as a sector can improve and improve the experiences that LGBTQ+ encounter in the social housing sector: Book your FREE place here

LGBTQ + Fun Fact – Did you know?

The first pride flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1977. Tasked by Harvey Milk, a historic figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights, to create a flag for the queer community, Baker created a rainbow flag with eight different colours.

Inspired by the classic song “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Baker created a rainbow flag to represent LGBTQ folks. Each colour in the flag also had a specific meaning.

  • Hot pink symbolizes sex
  • Red equals life
  • Orange symbolizes healing
  • Yellow stands for sunlight
  • Green represents nature
  • Turquoise equals magic and art
  • Indigo stands for serenity
  • Violet represents the spirit of LGBTQ people

Interestingly, there are a number of versions of the pride flag: