We all know that October is one of our favorite months, with the Halloween Holiday on the 31st. But did you also know that October is LGBT History Month in the United States and Canada. Which coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11th.
What are some key dates, factors, and people in the history of the LGBT movement? Here is a quick list of some highlights. This is by no means inclusive. There are so many more national and local events and people that have contributed to LGBT history.
- June 28, 1969 - Stonewall Riots.
- 1978 - Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag as a symbol of Gay Pride.
- October 14, 1979 - The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
- October 11, 1987 - Second March of Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
- 1994 - LGBT History Month was first officially observed in the United States.
- June 2, 2000 - President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month".
The United States and Canada are two of the three countries in the world that have an LGBT History Month. The other is the United Kingdom, which observes LGBT History Month in February.
Here is a website that focuses on LGBT History Month and highlights gay icons.