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Taking PRIDE in LGBT History



During the month of October, the LGBT community celebrates the history and the icons who inspire through their achievements. From the Stonewall riots in 1969 to legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015, there is a lot to be celebrated!


For decades, this community has persevered through adversities and continues to fight for their rights. The month of October reminds everyone of how far the LGBT community has come and how much more they must do to achieve equality.


History of LGBT Month


According to the LGBT History Month website, the month-long celebration was adopted in 1994 when Missouri high school history teacher Rodney Wilson voiced that a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history.


Wilson, along with other teachers and community leaders, selected October because school is in session and other traditions, like National Coming Out Day (October 11th), occur.


This month is an important opportunity to educate oneself and others about the history of the LGBT community because it is “the only community worldwide that [has] 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.” (LGBTHistoryMonth.com)


I find it interesting that the teaching of LGBT history isn’t necessarily talked about in schools. But creating that emphasis of importance by dedicating a whole month to the subject pushes it to the forefront and creates a conversation. Props to Mr. Wilson and the group of people that supported him!


The month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. The Equality Forum, a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, assumed responsibility in 2006 for providing content, promotions, and resources for LGBT History Month.

In its earlier years, the celebration was largely marked by a call to action and commemoration. But since then, the month has blossomed into a national coordinated effort to highlight exemplary role models from the LGBT community. (GLAAD.org)


Celebrating Icons


From artists to political figures, LGBTHistoryMonth.com will feature a range of LGBT icons throughout the month, providing an overview of their career, their biography, and resources to view their work.


Some of the featured icons include poet W.H. Auden, columnist Frank Bruni, Congressman David Cicilline, rock star Janis Joplin, and singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe. Click the link to view the full list of this year’s featured icons.


Other Resources—LGBT community & history


CenterLink—The Community of LGBTQ Centers

GLSEN—Creating a Better World for LGBTQ Students

Library of Congress—LGBTQ Pride Month

SEWI—LGBTQ Resources

University of Central Florida—Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June and LGBT History in October?







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Georgia I. Salvaryn is a graduate student at Rowan University, pursuing a master's in writing. She earned her bachelor's degree from Montclair State University in Journalism, with a minor in Chinese studies. Georgia is a writer and content manager for ink. From full-of-facts investigative journalism pieces to fluffy and fun feature pieces, her writing range reaches across multiple genres. In her spare time, Georgia dabbles in photography, enjoys drawing pen-and-ink art, and attempts to complete New York Times crossword puzzles. You can browse her articles and photos on her website at georgiaisalvaryn.com.




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