February marks LGBT History month and what an important celebration it is. This special event is the perfect time to celebrate LGBT culture, reflect on its history, look to the future of activism and most importantly – show our support of LGBT people on a national scale!
From the Stonewall riots to the first Pride marches, Barbara Gittings and Harvery Milk, there are many events and people to remember this February. But it’s also worth taking a look at where we are now and appreciating just how much we’ve achieved… and how much more we can achieve too!
In Scotland we celebrate Purple Friday in support of LGBT Youth Scotland. This day is all about taking action; standing up for equality and inclusion and helping us make Scotland the best place for LGBTi young people to grow up.
As part of the campaign we at RCG are encouraging everyone (ourselves included) to get involved and turn the map PURPLE!
(Taken from the LGBT Youth Scotland website:)
“If you would like to pledge your support and stand together with activists of the past and present for LGBTI equality, pin a photo of yourself on our interactive map of Scotland and help turn it purple.
We want you to take a photo of yourself (alone or with friends or colleagues) next to a local landmark, in your office or school, or just in a place that means something to you. You might want to wear purple or hold up a printout of our Catalyst megaphone (downloadable here).
Email us the photo and let us know your name and location, or tweet itusing the hashtag #PurpleMap and we will pin the photo to our map of Scotland. When a local authority gets 25 purple pins on the map, that part of the map will turn purple. We want to turn the entire map purple with your help!”