Thursday, October 1, 2009
October is GLBT History Month, and throughout the month a video highlighting a different historical figure each day will be available from a special section of the LGBT Center website on the GLBT History Month Featured Videos page. A new video will be available at this location each day during the month of October.
These 31 historical figures, nominated by leaders of state, national, and international LGBT organizations, achieved success within their respective fields of endeavor, were national heroes, or advanced LGBT civil rights. This year, several people selected to be recognized during GLBT History Month have spoken on our campus or been highlighted by campus events in recent years.
The LGBT community is the 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. GLBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and educates about our unique national and international contributions.
This week's highlighted historical figures are:
October 1: Alvin Ailey, Jr., choreographer
October 2: John Amaechi, professional basketball player
October 3: Tammy Baldwin, congresswoman
October 4: John Cage, composer
October 5: Ruth Ellis, activist
October 6: Rainer Fassbinger, film director
October 7: Michel Foucault, philosopher
October 8: Harry Hay, activist
October 9: Magnus Hirshfeld, social scientist
October 10: Zora Neale Hurston, author
GLBT History Month videos and other materials are made possible by the Equality Forum, a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus.
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