October is LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month is a perfect time for commnunities to come together and start educating the peers and teachers about the important contributions LGBT people have made throughout history. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources: List of LGBT Icons.
“LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in American history.
During the LGTB History Month, communities are encouraged to come together and explore ways in which people can help the community. Some ways for you to get involved include: 1) Create LGBT inclusive school curriculum, 2) Provide assistance to LGBT Youth, and/or 3) Volunteer
How To Use the LGBT History Month Resources at Schools
Below are some ideas about how to bring LGBT History Month resources to your school. Click here for a downloadable list of ideas!
- Make an exhibit at your school – Go to the LGBT History Month website and download the icons’ pictures and bios from each day of October to create an exhibit that you post on campus.
- Learn about LGBT heroes in class – Ask your history teachers, or any supportive teachers, to read the brief description of each icon being profiled each day for LGBT History Month aloud at the start of each class during the month of October. If you're in California, remind them that they have to teach LGBT-inclusive history under the state's updated education guidelines. Short biographies and info are on the LGBT History Month website.
- Hold an event – Get active! Have an unveiling of your history exhibit. Sponsor a forum for teachers, speaker's panel or an assembly for students.
- Become the teachers – Use the bios about the icons from the LGBT History Month website to make presentations in history classes, or try presenting in art, theater, or any other applicable class depending on whoever the icons are. Pick someone from the current year's list or the previous years; do some fun research, and then present it to your class.
- Show Your School Board – Compile a list of famous LGBT people in history, with bios and pictures, and send the list to your school board with a letter saying that you had to learn about these famous and influential leaders on your own since they are not included in your school curriculum. Ask for the school board to consider including LGBT people in your district’s history curriculum.
Often times, it is hard for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth to find support. The struggle to be accepted and finding a safe place to be who they are can be a struggle. Read how LGBT Youth in NYC can find support and be part of the LGBTQ community.
The LGBT Center in NYC provides various ways to volunteer and be part of the LGBT community. Even after the month of October comes to an end, be part of the LGBT community and empower people to build healthy and happy lives.
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