LGBT History Month 2015: 31 Icons

LGBTQ Icon of the Day Video

It’s October and time for LGBT History Month. Time to roll out the purple carpet. And, time to add to your knowledge base about newsmakers both past and present who have left their mark on society for all of us.

And, it’s time to learn about people who have been influential in the LGBT and allied communities and have championed the cause for equality in their own unique way. The Equality Forum, in its annual compilation, has rolled out its 31 icons, 31 days vignettes of this year’s selection of people from history and current times.

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Equality Forum shared how the actual initiative got started and how it impacts the educational process:

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

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The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

Download the PDF to learn more and get in the know about our vast history.

For more information, visit equalityforum.org and lgbthistorymonth.com/icon-search.

 

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