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Gay Icons chosen for LGBT History Month
Alexander the Great, Bessie Smith and Cary Grant among those honored

compiled by Q-Notes staff

Among those chosen for LGBT History month: Leonard Bernstein, Angela Davis, Gertrude Stein and Leonardo DaVinci and Cary Grant.
Equality Forum, an international LGBT civil rights organization, announced 31 Icons to be featured during LGBT History Month in October. The 31 Icons achieved success within their respective fields of endeavor, were national heroes or advanced LGBT civil rights.

“The LGBT community has been uniquely disadvantaged by not being taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions,” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum. “LGBT History Month helps teach our unacknowledged history, provides role models and celebrates contributions made by LGBT individuals to our country and internationally.”

A series of videos on the icons are available for free viewing at www.glbtHistory
Month.com. The “Icon” video is automatically updated each day. A free graphically-designed downloadable biography, bibliography and other educational resources for each icon are available at www.glbtHistoryMonth.com.

Equality Forum solicited nominations from leaders of national and international LGBT organizations. Nominees were evaluated by LGBT History Month Co-Chairs Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, and Prof. Kenji Yoshino, Deputy Dean for Intellectual Life at Yale Law School. Equality Forum’s Board of Directors approved the final slate of 31 Icons.

Equality Forum produced 30-second biographical videos on each icon, which will be broadcast daily on HERE! and LOGO television networks throughout October, and will be streamed on major LGBT websites. Comcast will air a 30-second television public service announcement.
Equality Forum launched LGBT History Month in 2006, and is patterned after Black and Women’s History Months. In its initial year, LGBT History Month reached over 500,000 individuals.

History Month 2007

October 1: Leonard Bernstein (Composer)
October 2: Annie Leibovitz (Photographer)
October 3: Angela Davis (Civil Rights Activist)
October 4: Alexander the Great (Military Commander)
October 5: Billie Jean King (Athlete)
October 6: Pedro Almodovar (Writer/Director)
October 7: Bessie Smith (Singer)
October 8: Klaus Wowereit (Politician)
October 9: Susan Sontag (Author/Commentator)
October 10: Gore Vidal (Author)
October 11: Lily Tomlin (Actor)
October 12: Peter Gomes (Theologian)
October 13: Mary Edwards Walker (Surgeon)
October 14: Frederick II (Monarch)
October 15: Virginia Uribe (Educator)
October 16: Frank Kameny (Gay Pioneer)
October 17: Nancy Mahon (Philanthropy Advocate)
October 18: David Hockney (Painter)
October 19: Audre Lorde (Author)
October 20: Cary Grant (Actor)
October 21: Renée Richards (Transgender Pioneer)
October 22: Sherry Harris (Politician)
October 23: John Maynard Keynes (Economist)
October 24: Gertrude Stein (Author)
October 25: Zhou Dan (Chinese Gay Pioneer)
October 26: Carolyn Bertozzi (Scientist)
October 27: Cole Porter (Songwriter)
October 28: John McNeill (Theologian)
October 29: Florence Nightingale (Health Care Advocate)
October 30: Billy Sipple (Hero)
October 31: Leonardo da Vinci (Artist/Inventor/Scientist)
info: www.equalityforum.com

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