October Is GLBT History Month

Here’s a fun way to learn some GLBT history.

Modeled after Black and Women’s History Months, GLBT History Month highlights annually the achievements of 31 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Icons—one each day—with a free video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

How It Works

Beginning October 1, 2009, a new GLBT Icon is presented daily. Each day you’ll have access to his or her video, bio and resources, along with information on all the preceding Icons. Just click on the Icon’s name, corresponding with the day of the month (left).

Previous Icons

For access to the 93 Icons from GLBT History Month 2008, 2007 and 2006, click on the archives link.

The 2009 icons are:

2. John Amaechi

3.Tammy Baldwin

4. John Cage

5. Ruth Ellis

6. Rainer Fassbinder

7. Michel Foucault

8. Harry Hay

9. Magnus Hirschfeld

10. Zora Neale Hurston

11. Jasper Johns

12. Cherry Jones

13. Kate Kendell

14. Alfred Kinsey

15. k.d. lang

16. Rachel Maddow

17. Deirdre McCloskey

18. Paul Monette

19. Pauli Murray

20. Joan Nestle

21. Todd Oldham

22. Suze Orman

23. Christine Quinn

24. Robert Rauschenberg

25. Jerome Robbins

26. Hilary Rosen

27. Yves St. Laurent

28. Esera Tuaolo

29. Urvashi Vaid

30. Gus Van Sant

31. B.D. Wong

The names will be links starting the day of the month corresponding to their number in the list.

I’ve actually met one of these 31 people! Not that she’d remember, but I met Urvashi Vaid at an event during Stonewall 25 in 1994 (or maybe it was the March on Washington in 93).