The winner will be given the unique opportunity to design the LGBT+ History Month Badge for 2022
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Every year since its launch in 2004, LGBT+ History Month raises vital funds for its work to make schools safe and inclusive for everyone through the sale of its iconic annual badge. Each year the design is distinctive, linking to the year’s National Curriculum theme. Until now the design has been created by university design students.
For 2022, Schools OUT UK, the LGBTQI education charity, are opening up the opportunity and give more young people the chance to be the winning designer of the 2022 badge.
Professor Sue Sanders, Chair of Schools Out and co-founder of LGBT+ History Month says: “Our young LGBT+ people experience disproportionately poor mental health, well-being and homelessness due to such factors as anti-LGBT+ bullying, lack of visibility within educational settings and lack of support at home. In a year where COVID-19 has caused further disruption and negative impacts for LGBT+ young people, Schools OUT UK is proud to provide this unique opportunity as part of our work to ensure young LGBT+ peoples’ needs are championed, visible and heard”.
The competition will see the design process opened up to schools and youth groups as well as university students across the country and provide this landmark opportunity. This is a the perfect opening to discussions about LGBT+ people in all their diversity, especially now that same-sex relationships have been added to the National Curriculum.
The winning entry will be made into the official 2022 LGBT+ History Month badge, which will be worn by thousands of people throughout February and beyond! The winner will also have their badge presented to them at the official Launch of LGBT+ History Month 2022 in October/November 2021, where they can meet the committee. Schools OUT UK, the charity that created History Month, is one of the oldest LGBT+ advocacy charities in the UK.
To enter, send your expression of interest form to firstname.lastname@example.org 18 December 2020, explaining who you are and what you are doing to support LGBTQI inclusion and celebration in your organisation. You will then be sent the competition rules, with the closing date for design entries being 13 March 2021.