February is LGBT History Month, a chance to understand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history – and Sky is extremely proud to bring you a huge variety of content.
What is LGBT History Month?
Every February, LGBT History Months looks at the various role models, civil right movements and communities that have played a part in LGBT history. It coincides with the anniversary of the abolition of Section 28, a law that prevented the promotion or teaching of homosexuality by local authorities, particularly in schools.
History Month is not just about how far the LGBT+ community has come, but also the prejudices that it still faces today. According to Stonewall, one in five LGBT people has experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months, while 45% of LGBT pupils - including 64% of trans pupils - are bullied for being LGBT in Britain's schools.
And that’s why LGBT History Month is still so important.
We’re the #1 media company for LGBT inclusion
LGBT charity Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is an annual measure of how well UK companies are doing to make LGBT inclusion core to their work.
Over the last five years, we’ve gone from sitting at 342nd in Stonewall’s list of LGBT-inclusive employers to cracking the Top 100 in 2018.
And we’re extremely proud to announce that Sky has been named the #1 Media Company for LGBT+ inclusion in the UK. On top of that, we're the only Media company in the entire Top 100!
What’s on Sky this month?
Across Sky, there’s plenty of LGBT content to enjoy this month. These include:
The LGBT Movie Collection within On Demand, which includes classics such as Boys Don’t Cry, Philadelphia and Battle of the Sexes.
Currently available on Sky Cinema are some of 2018’s biggest hits, such as teen rom-com Love Simon, Oscar-winning A Fantastic Woman, critic-darling Call me by your Name, football drama Mario, and Cannes Grand Prix winner 120 BPM.
Vice’s Gaycation On Demand, which sees actress Ellen Page travel to countries most hard-hit by a lack of LGBT rights.
Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent on all series of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, available On Demand.
Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids on BBC iPlayer.
Bisexual comedies The Bisexual on 4OD and Julia Davies’ Sally4Ever on Sky Atlantic On Demand.
Have you watched any of these movies? Tell us in What’s On.
We hope you’ll join us in marking LGBT History Month in your own special way!
About the author
Nima Baniamer Sky Community Manager, works for Sky, loves Sky TV, all opinions are my own.