October isn’t just for Halloween. This month, we observe the history of gay rights and the related civil rights movements. Happy LGBTQ History Month!
It’s that time of year again. The weather is turning cooler (hopefully!), the days are getting shorter, and spooky season is upon us. It’s time to celebrate all things ghosts, goblins …and gays! That’s right, all month long, we honor and observe the history of the gay civil rights movement during LGBTQ History Month. Here’s what you need to know to hop on the celebration train.
Why Do We Celebrate LGBTQ History Month In October?
We all know that June is Pride Month when we acknowledge the 1969 Stonewall rebellion and all that has been accomplished to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ Americans.
Although we’ve been celebrating Pride Month for over 50 years, it’s only been in the last couple of decades that it was made an official, federally-recognized observance.
LGBTQ History Month, on the other hand, was started in 1994 and is meant to commemorate the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
October was chosen to coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11) and the anniversary of the first march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights in 1979. Other dates that have been added since its origin include the anniversary of Matthew Shephard’s murder (October 12), Ally Week, and Spirit Day (October 20).
How Do We Celebrate LGBTQ History Month?
Celebrations for LGBTQ History Month can be similar to those for Pride Month. You can find a list of Florida’s festivities here. Some highlights include:
Equality Forum – Each day, a different LGBTQ community member will be highlighted. Check out the video below for a sneak peek at the honorees for 2022.