LGBT History Month is celebrated in October each year as a way to recognize and highlight the accomplishments and stories of LGBT people. The holiday was founded by Rodney Wilson, a teacher who taught history at a Missouri high school. The month was chosen in part to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which falls on October 11th, as well as the first march for gay rights on October 14, 1979 in Washington.
LGBT History Month was first officially recognized by the General Assembly of the National Education Association in 1995. Since then, people from all over the world have worked to become part of the event and contribute to the cause. This month there are many important events dedicated to LGBT people in honor of the holiday.
- In ancient Greece, men were not divided into homosexuals and heterosexuals, only their active or passive sexual role was important.
- Charles William “Billy” Haines was the first American actor to come out as gay.
- Unfortunately, the LGBT movement still faces serious issues due to misunderstanding and mistreatment from family, colleagues, and acquaintances.
How to take part
One of the best ways to get involved in LGBT History Month is to learn as much as you can about the community and work towards eliminating violence and unjustified hatred of minorities. Check to see if any events or initiatives are taking place in your city and be sure to participate. You can also join in online by participating in flash mobs, sharing posts, and displaying a rainbow flag, which is a symbol of the LGBT movement. If you have friends who identify as LGBT, listen to their stories and look for ways to support them. Showing love and tolerance is ultimately the best way to help the movement reach its goals!
When is LGBT History Month in 2023?
LGBT History Month is observed on October 1 each year.