• Dr. Herpy

LGBT History Month

Though this is late, it is still important.

“LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in American history.”

George Chauncey
Samuel Knight Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department, Yale University

First suggested by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994, the United States declared October as LGBT History Month, with National Coming Out Day observed on October 11. As with anything, it is important to be educated on LGBT history so that the same mistakes are not made twice and the strides made over the years are not taken for granted. It is especially important, however, to share this history with students so that the youth of America understand that we’re here, we’re human, and we can be just as important members of our communities as anyone else. Non-LGBT students will be more likely to accept their LGBT peers, and the latter will be shown that they are important and have the same opportunities in life as anyone else. It provides role models and builds community.

If you want to learn more, read the articles linked below.

Celebrate LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month: The 1950s and the Roots of LGBT Politics

Timeline of LGBT History

LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts

18 Historic Moments in the Fight For LGBTQ Equality

The Five Important LGBT Moments in History They Don’t Teach You at School

20 Moments in LGBT History That You May Have Missed

Key Moments in LGBT Rights History

The Top 20 Most Important LGBT Figures in History


The website for LGBT History Month has recognized a list of 31 icons every October since 2006, with 341 people listed as of 2017.