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LGBT History Month

08 February 2019

LGBT History Month is an annual event - celebrating its 15th year in 2019 - that aims to promote and make more visible the lives of LGBT people, past and present, which are often hidden histories. In the UK, LGBT History Month was set up as part of the Schools OUT UK project in February 2005 and, to this day, continues to have a strong focus on education to raise awareness of, and help to combat, prejudice against those that identify as LGBT.

At The Co-operative Bank, we have a strong heritage of inclusion as set out in our Ethical Policy, and reflected in our Values & Ethics. We’re focused on creating an inclusive and diverse environment where all of our colleagues feel valued and respected to reach their full potential. That includes supporting colleague networks like Proud Together, our fully-inclusive LGBT network.

In short, it’s in our DNA.

As part of LGBT History Month, The Co-operative Bank spoke with a number of LGBT colleagues about their personal stories.

Natalie came out ten years ago to her family. You can listen to her story here:

Chris moved to Manchester in the early 90s. Listen to how he found his place in a big city:

Will spoke to us about identity and acceptance from others, as well as himself:

This year’s LGBT History Month theme is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation. You can find out more by visiting their website: https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk, or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LGBTHM19.

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