LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBT History Month was created in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a high
school history teacher in Missouri. In 1995, a resolution passed by the
General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT
History Month within a list of commemorative months. October was
selected to coincide with National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), which was
already established, and the anniversary of the first march on
Washington for gay and lesbian rights in 1979.
The month now also includes Spirit Day on Oct. 20, on which people
around the country wear purple in support of LGBT youth; Ally Week, a
week in which allies against LGBT bullying are celebrated; and the
anniversary of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard’s murder on Oct. 12, 1998,
which led to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes
Prevention Act in 2009.
Learn more about the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
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