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LGBT History Month was founded in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a high-school history teacher who came out to his students during a lesson on the Holocaust. In doing so, Wilson because the first openly gay K-12 teacher in Missouri. Recognizing the need for a month celebrating and teaching the history, culture, accomplishments, and perseverance of the LGBTQA2S+ community, Rodney sent a proposal to the General Assembly of the National Education Association, seeking to have LGBT History Month added to the list of commemorative months – it passed in 1995. October, already a month full of celebrations and historical milestones for the LGBTQA2S+ community, like National Coming Out Day on the 11th, or the anniversary of the first march for gay rights in Washington on the 14th, seemed like the natural choice to observe LGBT History Month.
Commemorative months like LGBT History Month allow us an opportunity to comprehensively engage with the history, made and in the making, of the LGBTQA2S+ community on a deeper level!
The Louise Pettus Archives and Special collections has been collecting and preserving stories, personal accounts, and recollections through recorded interviews as part of the Oral History Program since 1973. The collection is still growing and this link will take you to the LGBTQA2S+ interviews.
Scholarly research on homosexuality, including sexual practices and gender roles and their historical, interpersonal and modern social contexts and provides a forum for both essentialist and social constructionist views of homosexuality.
The Journal of LGBT Youth is an international interdisciplinary research forum dedicated to improving the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth.
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.