Happy LGBTQ History Month from the Feminist Campus team!
This month on the Feminist Campus blog we will be highlighting stories of queer heroes and focusing on topics at the intersection of LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality. This is a month dedicated to celebrating the rich history of the queer community and a reminder of the extensive work that is still to be done.
In 1994, high school teacher Rodney Wilson proposed that LGBT history should be recognized in a similar way to Black History month or Women’s History month, where the history of the community could be taught in schools around the country. October was selected as the perfect month due to the many events close to the hearts of the LGBT community already taking place – October 11 is National Coming Out Day and October 14 is the anniversary of the first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979. Other newer events like Spirit Day, a day focused on supporting LGBTQ youth, also fall within the month of October (October 19).
Time and time again the LGBTQ+ community has been overlooked for its many contributions to history, art, policy, science and technology, and society as a whole. This month we are hoping to celebrate a few of those many contributions and we welcome you to be a part of that conversation!