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October is LGBT History Month

The wonderful month that brings fall weather, National Coming Out Day and Halloween is also the time to celebrate LGBT history. The Equality Forum, a national and international LGBT civil rights organization, is on its 6th year of coordinating LGBT History Month, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of LGBT icons. The organization features one outstanding member of or ally to the LGBT community every day,  for the entire month of October -- a list that has thus far included the likes of Alison Bechdel, Rita Mae Brown and Lady Gaga.

Today we celebrate Michael Guest, the first openly gay man to be confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. ambassador. The former U.S. Ambassador to Romania retired from the State Department in 2007 to protest the administration’s refusal to offer partner benefits.

"I've felt compelled to choose between obligations to my partner — who is my family — and service to my country. That anyone should have to make that choice is a stain on the Secretary's leadership and a shame for this institution and our country," Guest explained during his farewell speech at his retirement ceremony in 2007.

Tomorrow the Equality Forum will pay homage to Neil Patrick Harris who also happened to celebrate his twins Gideon and Harper’s first birthday on Wednesday with partner David Burtka.

Follow all of the LGBT icons honored throughout LGBT History Month here.

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