February 2022 marks LGBT+ History Month. This month Booking Protect has listened and learned about significant moments in time which have shaped the LGBT+ culture.
Why do we celebrate LGBT+ History Month?
Oliver Calvert, Head of Brand and Marketing at Booking Protect, says that LGBT+ History Month is a great opportunity to counteract that ignorance:
“I think the biggest barrier to equality and acceptance is ignorance. Someone’s sexuality doesn’t impact their ability to do their job, and shouldn’t impact the way others around them behave towards LGBT+ individuals. We’re lucky that at Booking Protect in that everyone is accepting, welcoming and understanding.”
In recent years, there has been a rise in anti-LGBT+ sentiment across the UK, with an increase in hate crimes and abuse towards LGBT+ individuals growing, and hate crimes doubling in the last four years, so it’s as important now as it has ever been to help educate people.
Ollie comments, “Whilst the workplace isn’t going to solve everything, raising awareness, encouraging open-mindedness and celebrating the contributions of the LGBT+ will hopefully spill out into everyday life.”
“In my mind, if raising awareness changes one mind. Or makes the life of one LGBT+ person that little bit better, at work or at home. Then any celebration of LGBT+ History Month in the workplace has been a success.”
Indeed, the aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity.
This is done by:
- Increasing visibility
- Raising awareness
- Advancing education
- Creating safe spaces
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ individuals
The history, experiences and potential of LGBT+ people are not only heard, but celebrated in this month. and Booking Protect wants to show our recognition – which is why we have created an LGBT+ History Timeline.
At Booking Protect, we are forever learning, forever listening and forever celebrating.
See our LGBT+ History Timeline where we have highlighted the most influential moments of LGBT+ history.
LGBT+ History And The Ticketing Industry
There are not many places where the LGBT+ culture is more widely celebrated than the ticketing industry. Theatre and festivals have been an vehicle for the movement’s progression for decades, with the first Pride taking place in New York in 1970.
Indeed the stage and the LGBT+ culture have been so closely knit over the past half a century, that many would say they are intertwined. Theatre troops and drama clubs have become safe havens for LGBT+ individuals, finding friends and purpose within community and theatre. The continued creation, protection and promotion of these events is a mission shared by Booking Protect.
While Booking Protect always looks toward the future of events, we also take a moment to look back at the past. February is our chance to observe, learn, and assist others in their mission of finding themselves. We are also immensely proud of our diverse workforce and customers. We believe that through diversity comes strength, and through education comes opportunity.
Please see our Booking Protect History timeline, and also read about our amazing colleagues.