October is National Gay and Lesbian History Month, a great time to remember that we are not the first generation to be queer (though we’ve gone by many other names, and that one, in particular, used to be derogatory). There have been so many LGBT people who have done so much for our community over the years and every day this month a new one is profiled on the LGBT History Month website. Each of the 31 icons profiled is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. This year sees so many of my favorites but I’ll name just a few: Ann Bannon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jodie Foster, RuPaul, Gloria Anzaldua.
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 (October 11), occur that month.
Below is a video featuring the icon of the day. It updates with a new profile each day of the month so be sure to check back all month long to learn about the important leaders who have come before us.
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