October is LGBTQ+ History Month
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.
Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.
Visit the official website of LGBT History Month to learn more.
On the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (1987), we observe National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.
For more on coming out, visit HRC's Coming Out Center.