While June may be LGBTQ Pride Month, October marks another important commemoration for the LGBTQ community — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. Here at OneEighty, we believe that helping others understand the meaning behind this commemoration can play an important role in ending hatred and discrimination.
What is LGBT History Month?
LGBT History Month was first celebrated in October 1994. October is an important month in the LGBTQ community, as it recognizes 1979’s March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. October 11 is also National Coming Out Day, and in 2010, Spirit Day was added on October 17 to bring attention to the high number of suicides among LGBTQ teens due to bullying. The purpose of the month-long celebration is to celebrate advances that have been made in LGBT rights, while also advocating for greater rights in the future.
Just like during LGBTQ Pride Month, many organizations host events throughout LGBT History Month to celebrate and promote advocacy efforts. If you’d like to get involved, look for local events in your community. At OneEighty, we are always looking for volunteers to help us address the needs of local LGBTQ individuals.
Here at OneEighty, we believe that all people should be treated with fairness and respect, regardless of their background. In Wayne County, Holmes County, and across the country, ensuring fair treatment for all is key for creating a brighter future.