February is LGBT History Month

Use these 28 days to educate yourself on the historic challenges faced by LGBT+ people in their fight for equal rights. Read something, watch something, ask someone, go somewhere, do something this month to support the LGBT+ community.

The rainbow flag originally consisted of eight stripes but the availability of certain fabric colours forced alterations to the design. The rainbow colours are now recognised around the world as a symbol of hope and alliance with the LGBT+ community. Each colour has a different meaning:

Red - Life
Orange - Healing
Yellow - Sunlight
Green - Nature
Blue - Harmony & Peace
Purple - Spirit

The rainbow flag was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Baker created the flag in response to the desire for a united symbol to represent the LGBT community. The first flag was pieced together by Baker and his friends for a gay rights rally in San Francisco.

Find out more about LGBT History Month