October is LGBT History Month


Contributed by Luca Maurer

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) History Month.  Each day throughout the month a video highlighting a different historical figure will be available for viewing in a special section of the LGBT Center Website: LGBT History Month Featured Videos

Each of these 31 leaders were nominated by leaders of state, national and international LGBT organizations and from the public, and have achieved success in a variety of different endeavors, were national heroes, or advanced LGBT civil rights.

The LGBT Community is one of the only communities worldwide that does not always learn its history at home, in the public schools, or in religious or other institutions. LGBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and educates about our unique national and international contributions.

This week’s featured historical figures are:

October 1: Zackie Achmat, South African Activist
October 2: Edward Albee, Playwright
October 3: Gwen Araujo, Transgender Hero
October 4: Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban Author
October 5: Axel Axgil, Activist
October 6: Djuna Barnes, Author
October 7: Joseph Beam, Activist
October 8: Gad Beck, Holocaust Survivor
October 9: Joan Biren, Documentarian
October 10: Patrick Califia, Author

LGBT History Month videos and other materials are made possible by the Equality Forum, a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus.