LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)

October is LGBT History Month!

Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

During the month of October, every day celebrates an LGBT icon, past and present. These individuals represent a wide spectrum of fields, like politics, architecture, activism, and more. We celebrate them for their achievements and historical contributions.

As I perused this year’s list, I was surprised to see how few names I recognized. I blame my age and media bubble for some of my ignorance. Yet, I also want to recognize that minority groups’ histories often remain unknown, untold, and even suppressed. Hence the need for months that celebrate those histories, like Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, etc. Though ideally, we would include, celebrate, and learn about all overlooked histories all year round.

Luckily for us, Sno-Isle Libraries has many of the works created by our 2019 LGBT History Month icons. We also have ample research resources for further exploration.

To get started, check out this list featuring each of the 2019 icons:

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3 responses to “LGBT History Month 2019”

  1. Eric says:

    Great post, Lois. Thank you.

  2. Kristi S. says:

    This is so awesome! I had no idea that each day celebrated a different LGBT icon, and I am so excited to dive into their lives. Bookmarked the website for a great way to start the day, and will definitely be checking out some of these titles. Thank you!

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