🏳️‍🌈 LGBT History Month 2018

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“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–President Barack Obama

October is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. LGBT History Month content and videos can now be viewed easily on any device: phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Visit the website and be sure to return on OCTOBER 1. A new LGBT Icon is introduced each day of the month with a video, bio and downloadable resources. Embed the video player in your own website or blog and share the celebration with your visitors.

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Search the entire LGBT History Month database of over 400 Icons since 2006, by name, year, alphabetically or from a cloud of more than 150 tags, such as Academy Award, African-American, Author, Composer, Politics and Transgender.

About LGBT History Month

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How It Works

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

Background

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

About Equality Forum

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. For more information, visit www.equalityforum.com.

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LGBT History Month Daily Icons “Jason Collins”

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“I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore.”


October is LGBT History Month and B.P will Highlight Icons all Month long, starting with today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ Jason Collins

bouncing-a-basketball-smiley-emoticonJason Collins is a retired professional American basketball player who played for 13 seasons with the NBA. During the 2012-13 season, Collins came out in Sports Illustrated before signing with the New Jersey Nets, making him the first openly gay athlete to play on any professional sports team in North America.


“If I had my way, someone else would have already done this,” he said when he came out. “Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

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football_smileyDuring his career, Collins played for the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics, the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets before retiring in 2014. He wore number 98 on his jersey in honor of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was murdered in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming. Collins’s jersey broke records at the NBA Store; it became a best seller with the proceeds of signed jerseys benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

In 2013 Collins was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. The following year, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Collins was born in California. He has a twin brother who is also an athlete.

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