Celebrate LGBTQ+ History by remembering and honoring those who marched in Washington in October 1979 and 1987. October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States. Encourage learning about LGBTQ+ to boost openness and remove the stigma of being LGBTQ+.
To coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11, Rodney Wilson, an opening gay teacher in Missouri, started the Lesbian and Gay History Month in 1994 and was the founder of the coordinating committee. We now know this month as LGBTQ+ History Month. Wilson decided on October in remembrance of those who marched in October 1979 and 1987 to ban sexual orientation discrimination in the military, federal workplace, and family protection laws.
Allies of the LGBTQ+ community such as Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist whose research disproved the notion of homosexuality being a mental illness, have contributed to the growing acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Her research was presented in 1956, but only recently is public perception siding with her findings.
All through October, participate in various LGBTQ+ celebrations. On the National Coming Out Day (October 11), support those who choose to come out and celebrate their courage. On October 17, celebrate International Pronouns Day by sharing the importance of pronouns and being open to gender identity conversations. For LGBTQ+ Spirit Day (October 20), be sure to wear purple to support LGBTQ+ youth – show solidarity to protect those who are more likely to be bullied because of their identities and help prevent heartbreak in parents of bullying-related suicides of LGBTQ+ students.
LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance have come a long way in recent years, but there is far more work to be done. Although the movement for LGBTQ+ rights started long ago, public acceptance to LGBTQ+ equality has been a slow endeavor. Take the time this October to enhearten those in the LGBTQ+ communities.
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