Celebrate LGBT History Month in October
October 1, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
October is LGBT History Month – an opportunity to reflect on our shared culture as a community, the historic figures who have made so many of our victories possible, and the challenges that remain to full equality – and the difference we can make in pushing progress forward.
Our movement is rich with figures who have advanced equality in one way or another – some by breaking barriers and being among the first to be openly LGBT in their work, others by showing that LGBT people are capable of simultaneously living openly and achieving great success. All of them share the common theme of demonstrating for others – particularly youth – that there is nothing wrong with being who you are, and loving who you love.
LGBT History Month also presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the historic progress we’ve achieved – particularly over the last few years. From the passage of a hate crimes law at the federal level, to the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, to President Obama’s groundbreaking support for marriage equality – life is improving for LGBT Americans.
But there remains work to be done – and October can be a time for us to be draw inspiration from those who have walked before us, and assess how we can best contribute to advancing equality. Too many young people don’t feel safe in their communities or have a strong support system in place. Too many loving, committed couples face discriminatory obstacles in starting families. In too many states, you can be fired from your job simply because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
Check the HRC Blog for more on LGBT History Month – we’ll be profiling figures and historic events that have shaped our everyday experiences. We’ll also be celebrating National Coming Out Day soon – learn more about how you can make a difference.
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