Week 4 of LGBT History Month features LGBT icons from the arts, activism, sports, public service and legal areas.
Each day during the month of October an icon is featured with a free video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. The event provides role models, teaches history, builds community, and celebrates the LGBT community’s national and international contributions.
October 22 – Ricky Martin– a Grammy Award-winning pop singer. A professional entertainer since childhood, Martin has sold more than 60 million albums
October 23 – Amélie Mauresmo– tennis player who won 25 career titles including two Grand Slams. In 2004, she received an Olympic Silver medal in tennis singles.
October 24 – Constance McMillen– became a poster child for LGBT rights after asking permission to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her school responded by cancelling the prom, McMillen took legal action
October 25 – Ryan Murphy– an award-winning film and television director, writer and producer who created the television series “Glee.”
October 26 – Dan Savage –an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. He launched the “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides.
October 27 – Amanda Simpson– the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in the U.S. Department of Defense. She is the first openly transgender female presidential appointee
October 28 – Wanda Sykes –an Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor praised for being one of the most entertaining women of her generation. She was the first African-American and first openly gay master of ceremonies for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
October 29 – Lilli Vincenz– a pioneering gay rights activist. In 1965, she was the only lesbian to participate in the first White House picket
October 30 – Virginia Woolf – was an accomplished 20th century English novelist and one of the founders of the modernist movement. She published nearly 500 essays and nine novels
October 31 – Pedro Zamora– was an AIDS activist who appeared on MTV’s reality series “The Real World.” As the first openly gay and openly HIV-positive person on a television series
Equality Forum, an international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, coordinates LGBT History Month worldwide, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit