Celebrating Diversity: A Journey Through LGBT History Month

by Lauren Armstrong

14 February 2024

The colourful celebration of LGBT History Month, which honours the challenges, victories, and advancements made by the LGBTQ+ community, takes on a new dimension as February progresses. The UK has come a long way in gaining social acceptability and legal protections throughout time. 

However, barriers and prejudice remain, so it’s critical to acknowledge both the accomplishments and the obstacles that still need to be overcome. This article examines the growth of LGBTQ+ rights in the UK, highlighting significant milestones as well as current challenges. It looks into the unique connection of LGBT History Month and the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus on small charities and their efforts in fundraising. Join us on this enlightening journey as we explore the evolving narrative of inclusivity, resilience, and community building.

LGBT History Month in 2024

In 2024, the theme for LGBT History Month is #UnderTheScope: 

“The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.

Givey want to showcase the amazing work of LGBT+ staff across the NHS and in other healthcare settings, in providing healthcare. This is especially true of their work during the pandemic. This article will shine a light on the history of the LGBT+ community’s complicated experience of receiving healthcare. Even today, this has left LGBT+ people still facing health inequalities.

…At a time when the LGBT+ community is experiencing a rise in hate crime and hate instances, we also encourage you to look ‘Under the Scope’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences from LGBT+ people.”

Small Charities: The Unseen Heroes 

Small charities are often overlooked within the enormous network of non-profit organisations. They continually addressing the specific needs of groups of people, such as the LGBTQ+ community. These incredible organisations frequently have little funding, but they are fiercely committed to bringing about change. From providing support services to individuals to identifying inclusive spaces for expression and connection, small charities play a pivotal role in shaping the narrative of LGBT History Month. Focusing on their commitment and impact illustrates their invaluable contributions. Not only this, but it inspires readers to think about how they might help these organisations. During LGBT History Month, the need for awareness and ongoing financing for small organisations becomes even more crucial. They strive to make a lasting impact on the lives of those they serve. 

Navigating the Landscape of UK Fundraising

Fundraising is essential to the nonprofit sector since it keeps initiatives alive and promotes advancement. LGBT History Month puts a strong emphasis on fundraising. In 2024, small charities are skillfully navigating any obstacles to keep up their essential work. The dependence on financial support and community support is evident when they work to bring about significant and enduring change. By examining the tactics used by small charities in the fundraising scene of this awareness event reveals a resilient and inventive structure. There are online campaigns that harness the power of social media to engaging virtual events that unite communities. It is clear the fundraising efforts of these organisations extend beyond the traditional boundaries. 

UK Fundraising for Diversity and Inclusion

The current situation of LGBT fundraising in the UK is reflective of the larger movement towards diversity and inclusivity. As we commemorate LGBT History Month, it is critical to recognise the progress made towards a more fair society. Moreover, fundraising initiatives in the UK represent the continued dedication to diversity, highlighting the significance of collaboration in promoting change.

There is an intricate network of support that keeps small charities alive. This is shown through partnerships, coordinated projects, and the effect of commercial sponsorship on UK fundraising efforts. The LGBTQ+ community has an emphasis on diversity. Furthermore, the supporters who contribute to fundraising campaigns show a united front against discrimination.

Below are a few LGBTQ+ charities on the Givey platform and what they are doing for communities around the world…

LGBT Youth SOS aims to prevent HIV and increase education amongst LGBT youth. They educate them of the risks of drugs and alcohol misuse amongst the LGBT community. The charity prevent and provide help for LGBT homeless awareness. They prevent homophobia and support for anti-homophobia laws as well as prevention of exploitation amongst LGBT youth and preventing suicide amongst LGBT youth. 

Family Generaid Foundation helps those who need medical assistance to become parents via IVF, Surrogacy, Egg and Sperm donation. Many people all over the world have economic and legislative restrictions to their dreams. This includes couples, single people, LGBT members, people with disabilities that require medical assistance to become parents. Our aim is to support those who have to endure a difficult and seemingly unfair journey to parenthood. Family GenerAid Foundation was established in 2016 in London. 


As we navigate the space between LGBT History Month and charities, a narrative presented by the UK fundraising scene comes to light as an indication of progression. This month’s celebration is a call to action for the future as well as a time to reflect on the past. The fight for LGBTQ+ rights has undoubtedly been a long and challenging journey, marked by significant milestones and ongoing challenges. For the first time, census data in England and Wales shows that over 1.3 million people identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. In addition, over 1.5% of adults (16 and over) identify as gay or lesbian, and 624,000 (1.3%) as bisexual. Approximately 165,000 individuals self-identify as belonging to a “other” sexual orientation. Currently, around 262,000 individuals (0.5%) said that their gender identity differed from the sex they were assigned at birth. 

The Future of LGBT Rights

Even though the UK has made progress, it is important to keep an international perspective. LGBTQ+ people continue to experience violence, persecution, and criminalisation in many parts of the world. The UK has a responsibility to push for change internationally and to assist movements for equal rights around the world. The LGBTQ+ rights movement in the UK has made notable advancements and milestones. A more accepting society has been facilitated by several advancements. This includes the decriminalisation of homosexuality, legislative safeguards against discrimination, same-sex marriage laws, and improvements pertaining to transgender rights. To attain complete equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community, however, would require continual efforts due to issues like hate crimes, cruelty, and intersectionality. The fight for LGBTQ+ rights must extend beyond countries such as the UK and USA. We can supporting global movements and advocating for change worldwide. 

We leave a legacy that spans decades and countries by promoting diversity and inclusion, supporting small charities in their fundraising efforts, and standing up for their rights. In 2024, let us carry forward the spirit of unity, resilience, and celebration, ensuring that the story of LGBT History Month continues to evolve with each passing year.

If you found this article interesting to read, here are some other blogs that you may enjoy:

The UK’s LGBTQ+ Rights: A Journey of Progress and Hurdles – Givey | Blog

An Ultimate Guide of Storytelling in Nonprofit Campaign – Givey | Blog

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