PHILADELPHIA – What has your people accomplished is a question asked of minorities far too often. The questioner, comfortably wrapped in his or her ignorance, rarely expects an impactful response but one is always warranted. LGBT History Month offers a special time to answer that perennial question while celebrating the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. Lady Gaga is today’s featured icon on the history month website.
U.S. Ambassador Michael Guest follows tomorrow along with actor Neil Patrick Harris on Friday. New icons emerge for each of the 31 days in October. To date, visitors can search 186 profiles posted on the LGBT History Month website since 2006. Folks are invited to try the weekly trivia challenge and compare their scores. Or, just feel free to download profiles of icons in print and video formats, and spread the word far and wide about people who have made a difference in the world. More importantly, the LBGT community can take as much pride in their own lives as their rainbow heritage.
“The LGBT community is the only minority community worldwide with a history that is not taught at home, in schools, and in religious institutions,” declares Malcom Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum. “It is the reason why, without having the resources of role models and community history, homophobia has toxic impact, especially on gay youth.”
History month icons originally generated out of The Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LBGT and questioning youth. Equality Forum posted the list in 2006 and brought the concept into its current polished form at www.lgbthistorymonth.com. Lazen believes that collectively the icons make an incredible statement about the value of the rainbow community.
Equality Forum is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Philadelphia, which coordinates LGBT communication in collaboration with academic and other professional groups. The mutual goal is advancing GLBT civil rights through global education. To do so, Equality Forum depends on the generous support of donors. Visit its website at www.equalityforum.com to learn more.
Any youth troubled about gender identification or who has questions on the subject can call the Trevor Project lifeline at 866.4-U Trevor (866.488.7386) or visit www.thetrevorproject.org.
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