Prime minister David Cameron has given his support to LGBT History Month, saying it "enriches" society.
In a message, the PM said events like this “challenge us to think more about the world around us”.
The PM said:
I am pleased to be supporting this year’s LGBT History month. Since it began in 2005 it has helped celebrate the LGB&T community and focus attention on areas where more work needs to be done on equality.
I am pleased that the theme of History Month, both this year and next, is sport. With London hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 it is essential that more is done to enable everyone to participate equally and without fear.
In June 2010 I launched the Government’s plans for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. One of the commitments was to work with the governing bodies of different sports to tackle discrimination. Work on this is currently being taken forward by the Home Office and Department of Culture, Olympics, Media & Sport, with the aim that people participating in or watching sports feel safe and unacceptable behaviour is challenged.
Finally, I would like to pay tribute to all those who give up their time to bring LGBT History Month together. Events like this enrich our society and challenge us to think more about the world around us.