LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated annually in October in order to commemorate the history, accomplishments and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. This event is celebrated in many different countries all over the world and serves as a reminder that everyone should be treated with equality and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
LGBTQ+ History Month began in 1994 and was created by a history teacher named Rodney Wilson. October was chosen because it already held several significant days for the LGBTQ+ community. October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day devoted to celebrating the bravery and boldness of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community and continuing the fight for equality and respect. October 14, 1979, was the first march for gay rights in Washington, D.C.
Accomplishments and Contributions of the LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community has made significant accomplishments and contributions to society in a wide variety of fields, including the arts, medicine, law and education. These achievements have helped to break down barriers and prejudices against sexual and gender minorities.
Let us use this month as a time to educate ourselves and others about the important role that the LGBTQ+ community has played – and continues to play – in shaping our world.
How to Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month
There are many different ways that you can celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month. Here are a few suggestions:
- Learn more about the history and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. There are many books, articles and websites that can help you do this.
- Attend an event or visit a museum that is devoted to LGBTQ+ history and culture.
- Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community by attending a Pride parade or event.
- Stand up against discrimination and bigotry by speaking out against homophobia, transphobia and other forms of prejudice.
- Show your pride in the LGBTQ+ community by flying the rainbow flag or wearing rainbow colors.
- Most importantly, remember that every day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and richness of the LGBTQ+ community!
Our team at Washington Health Institute stands with our dear friends in the LGBTQ+ community. We hope that more and more people take a step towards equality, love and respect this October during LGBTQ+ History Month.