Official Guide to Edinburgh

LGBTQ+ History Month in Edinburgh 2021

11 February 2021


During the month of February you’ll see more rainbows than usual around the city.

Of course, we’re talking about Pride rainbows, as the whole country celebrates LGBT History Month. This event is a highly inclusive experience for all and is a brilliant opportunity for organisations, businesses and individuals to show support.

Join us as we take a look at this important month in more detail and show you how you can get involved. 

LGBT History Month 2021.

LGBT History Month is celebrated around the world, but it’s not always in February. Each country has its own special reason for choosing its LGBT History Month.

In Scotland, it’s celebrated in February as this is the month in 2000 when Scotland repealed Section 28 - a law which actively and openly discriminated against the LGBT community. That makes February the perfect time for everyone to look back on the achievements whilst honouring the challenges and adversity experienced by individuals.

A month of exclusivity and support.

LGBTQ+ History Month has been part of the cultural calendar since 2005 and the Scottish Government has worked with agencies, community groups, charities, businesses and organisations to make sure it stays a highlight of Scotland’s inclusive events.

Every year takes on a new theme and this year’s theme is UNSUNG. The topic looks at shining a light on the unheard stories of the LGBTQ+ life, particularly the stories of people of colour.

Get involved in LGBTQ+ history month.

Under normal circumstances (that is, non-pandemic days), the month is packed with a huge range of events in every area of Scottish life. Everything from parties, marches, film, food and sporting events. As with all other celebrations and events recently, it’s looking unlikely that organisations and community groups will be hosting in-person events this year. However, there’s always been a wide range of online events taking place throughout LGBTQ+ History Month and this year is no exception. 

LGBTQ+ History Month events.

The best place to access info on official events taking place is the LLGBT History Month website and Twitter feed. If you want to host your own event, download their free action pack to get involved this February. 

Edinburgh’s place in the LGBTQ+ community.

Edinburgh has consistently been voted as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the world, featuring in the top 10 year after year in the Rainbow Europe Index.

And beyond Edinburgh, Scotland continues to lead the way. Did you know that Scotland leads the way in LGBTQ+ areas? In 2018, Scotland became the first nation in the world to embed LGBT history and rights into the curriculum of all public schools. By the end of 2021 the new inclusive curriculum will be in place throughout every school in the country, which goes a long way to begin tackling issues around homophobia and transphobia.

Something we can all take pride in, don’t you think?