Since 1994, October has been recognized as LGBT History Month.
Youth rarely grow up with any knowledge of LGBT History coming from school or from home. It was only last year that California added LGBT to the list of marginalized groups that public educators should include in their history curriculum. So far, it is the only state to do so. In 2006, Equality Forum began to compile a list of LGBT icons for each day of October. They are nominated by the public and chosen by a board of LGBT educators each year.
Past LGBT History Icons have included authors, performers, government officials, activists, philanthropists, scientists, business people and others who have significantly contributed to our heritage and the global LGBT movement. This year the list includes actress Jodie Foster, performer RuPaul, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, poet/activist Gloria Anzaldua, and comedian Kate Clinton, who will be joining us once again at the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, October 29 – November 1, as a host and emcee.
To see the rest of this month’s icons and those from past years, you can explore the LGBT History Month website. Out & Equal encourages you to educate yourself and share what you learn. Without these LGBT pioneers we would not be where we are on the path to equality.