Citizen’s Advice to sponsor History Month

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The organisers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month have spoken of their delight that the Citizen’s Advice will be this year’s sponsors.

LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.

Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.

It is intended to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, the LGBT community.

There are already hundreds of events planned throughout the country for February 2008.

Paul Patrick, Co-Chair of LGBT History Month, told

“It is wonderful when an organisation with the reputation of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau recognises and wishes to be seen supporting our work.

“We are delighted that they wish to be part of what is now Britain’s largest, most dynamic and diverse celebration of LGBT lives and culture in Europe and we thank them wholeheartedly for their support.”

In an open letter to LGBT History Month, David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“For us working in partnership with the community to improve advice services and influence public policy on issues affecting the LGBT community is central to our approach.

“Citizens Advice is proud to be a partner of LGBT History Month 2008 and I’m certain we can do much to raise awareness of and champion the LGBT community and their access to rights.”

The Pre-Launch for LGBT History Month 2008 took place on 26th November 2007 at the Royal Courts of Justice, thanks to the support of the London Criminal Justice Board, London Crown Prosecution Service, and Channel 4.

The event was well attended, with key note speeches by the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland and Barbara Follett, the Minister for Equality.

Mr Patrick added:

“We are looking forward to the start of LGBT History Month and very much hope people will visit our website, look at what is going on across the nation, check out our sponsors, join our mailing list and chat to others through our Forum.

“There are all sorts of LGBT History Month events happening this February at a place near you, and we encourage people to add their own events to our calendar.

“Whatever else you do take a leaf out of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau book and get involved!”

Visit the LGBT History Month website for details of events across the country.