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Thursday 06 February 2020

Recording Stories Of Prejudice & Adversity Overcome For First Annual LGBT History Month

This month will henceforth be earmarked as an opportunity to celebrate and share stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements across the UK.
Credit Andy Sturmey

The creation of LGBT History Month is a momentous occasion for the community and society as a whole, and is a cause for celebration. 

However, the purpose of LGBT History Month is not only to celebrate LGBT history and achievements, but also to record the difficulties faced by members of the community, many of whom have endured, and continue to endure, extreme prejudice, discrimination and even violence. 

Rutger Bruining is CEO of StoryTerrace, a biography-writing service connecting everyday people with professional ghostwriters to have their life stories brought to life. 

StoryTerrace are using the power of storytelling and autobiographies to help LGBT individuals document their experiences and share it with their families, friends and future generations, to educate, raise awareness and normalise. 

Now, he discusses the importance of LGBT History Month and shares insight into how recording histories and storytelling is a vital tool for developing further understanding and education: 

"It is extremely inspiring and positive to see the creation of LGBT History Month. 

"Honouring and documenting LGBT history is a more than worthy cause - sometimes this involves having difficult conversations and facing unsettling, hard truths, but it is vital that we do this to keep history from repeating itself and to ensure that we learn from our past mistakes.

"Firstly, many LGBT individuals have faced and continue to face discrimination and prejudice, and in some cases contend with physical threats as well as mental health problems as a result. 

"Documenting these experiences and events will help to create an invaluable tool to educate future generations on vital social issues. 

"Secondly, the act of documenting one's own tragedies and triumphs can have a profoundly therapeutic effect for both the subject, and also other readers who may be able to empathise and take inspiration or solace by learning about the experience of others. 

"Finally, in today's society we live in a veritable melting pot of cultures, races and backgrounds; documenting and celebrating LGBT history and culture is a key factor in helping us to overcome our differences, inspiring us to unite and strengthen our sense of community and civilisation.

"One thing that few of us consider is the power within the lessons and experiences that we can take from our own personal stories.  

"At StoryTerrace, we understand that everybody has a story to tell, and we want everyone to have the chance to tell their story and share the lessons and experiences that have shaped their lives. 

"When we share these stories, we are creating opportunities to get to know one another, and giving others a chance to understand and explore new perspectives, vital to the development of our society."

About StoryTerrace and Rutger Bruining:

StoryTerrace is a biography-writing service, which puts everyday people in touch with professional ghostwriters, to turn their life stories into full-length autobiographies and memoirs. 

The service was launched in 2015 by Rutger Bruining who was inspired by his own grandfather's tales of adventure and adversities overcome, as a member of the resistance in Holland in WWII.

Check-out StoryTerrace by visiting

by: Mike Cobley


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