Groups identify the language they use or have heard used by people discussing LGBT+ people, places, and issues and consider whether terms are acceptable or unacceptable and why. The historical change in language use is considered as well as the impact certain terms may have on people who identify as LGBT+. Through this work groups learn what LGBT+ means and how to communicate effectively in a discussion on LGBT+ issues, and rights.
Students go on to look at the real stories of diverse local LGBT+ people active from the 1960s to today who are represented by an object in the Museum of Liverpool’s LGBT+ collections. Through their stories students will examine themes such as-
- Legal change
- Medical ‘cures’
- Campaigning for equality
- Love and family
- LGBT+ culture
Each group is then invited to share the messages they have learned and to build up a collective understanding of the history of campaigning for equality and some of the milestones LGBT+ people have reached in achieving this.