Sunday, October 28, 2012

LGBT History Month: Patrick Harvie

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Patrick Harvie was born March 18, 1973 in Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshine, Scotland where he went to Dumbarton Academy and then attended Manchester Metropolitan University.  From 1997 to 2003 he worked within the Gay Men's Project at PHACE Scotland first as a youth worked then as a Development Worker for the Lanarkshire Health Board.

In 2003 Harvie was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.  He is the first openly bisexual party leader in Scotland and the UK, and has worked on many committees and is a member of many civil and human rights groups, covering issues such as same-sex relationships, homelessness, transportation, the environment, and more.


Also this month:

~ October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.

~ October 10th was Unity Day; wear orange to show your support and remind others about the importance of bullying prevention.

~ October 11th was National Coming Out Day when we celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or as an ally. See the Human Rights Campaign website for resources on coming out.

~ October 19th is Spirit Day; wear purple on this day to support LGBT youth & stand up against bullying.

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