LGBT History Month, aka Queer History Month, was founded by Rodney Wilson in 1994.
- As a High school teacher, he hoped to address and educate on LGBT issues and contributions, information that history text books failed to provide.
- October was chosen as history month, in part because of the already established and widely celebrated "National Coming Out Day" that happens in October 11.
- LGBT History Month is intended to encourage awareness, conversation and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, especially among educators and in school settings.
- Consider celebrating Queer History Month at your school, community organization and/or business!
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20 LGBT Icons in Popular Media
- Ellen Degeneres - Actor, comedian.
- Jane Lynch - Actor, appeared in over 50 films and is a recurring character in the popular t.v. show "Glee."
- Neil Patrick Harris - Actor, best known for his roles in the t.v shows "Doggie Howser, MD" and "How I met Your Mother."
- Ricky Martin - Popular Latin music singer.
- Lady Gaga - Popular singer and outspoken LGBT equality rights advocate.
- Leonardo Da Vinci - Famous Renaissance Painter best known for the painting, the" Mona Lisa."
- Harvey Milk - Elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, he became the first openly gay person to be elected to a significant public office.
- Rosie O'Donnell - A comedian, television host and winner of 13 Emmy Awards, she is a champion of gay and lesbian parenting.
- Eleanor Roosevelt - In 1933, Roosevelt became First Lady of the United States, a role she held for 12 years. She served as a delegate to the United Nations, where she was elected chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights. In that role, she helped draft the influential Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
- Frida Kahlo - A renowned Mexican painter, noted for her vibrant colors as well as nationalist and feminist themes.
- Alice Walker - Award-winning writer, activist and self-proclaimed “Womanist” best know for her book "The Color Purple."
- B.D. Wong - B.D. Wong is an award-winning actor best known for his television roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Oz,” and his Broadway debut in “M. Butterfly.”
- Virginia Woolf - Virginia Woolf was an accomplished 20th century English novelist and one of the founders of the modernist movement.
- Pedro Almodovar - Pedro Almodóvar has written and directed 16 movies, including “Mala Educación” and “Volver.” His movies are known for their progressive themes—including transgenderism, homosexuality and feminism—and their racy sexuality, irony and wit.
- Ian McKellen - Best known for his movie roles as the wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as Magneto in the “X-Men” films, and in the title role in “Richard III.”
- Maurice Sendak - Author, best known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are” (1963). Over 10 million copies have been sold worldwide.
- Gianni Versace - Gianni Versace was the designer for Princess Diana and Madonna. He fused fashion and pop culture into a billion dollar empire.
- Oscar Wilde - Playwright. Oscar Wilde gloried in flaunting his individuality during the Victorian Era, a period synonymous with social conformity and sexual repression.
- Pedro Zamora - Pedro Zamora was an AIDS activist who appeared on MTV’s reality series “The Real World.” As the first openly gay and openly HIV-positive person on a television series, he brought national attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues.
- Anthony Romero - Anthony Romero is the first openly gay executive director of the ACLU.
Add "LGBT Icon" onto your School or Community Organizataion Website!
During the month of October 2012, add an "LGBT Icon" onto your organization's website. Click here for the video code to automatically add a new "LGBT Icon" to the website, blog, Facebook or additional social media network each day in October! it will be a 30 second video about each icon each day. LGBT Icons for 2012 include:
22. Federico Garcia Lorca