October Is GAY History Month! Now Learn A Little Gay History About Why.

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While everyday at Back2Stonewall.com is about gay history, October is “officially” known in the United States as Gay History Month. (Although the utterly PC Special Snowflakes insist on calling it LGBTQIQPOC-EXBEALADOUCIOUS Month.)

So lets learn a little very GAY history about GAY History Month and how it came to be, shall we?

In 1994 Rodney Wilson, a GAY Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. Wilson chose the month of  October for two reasons.

1.  National Coming Out Day already was established as a widely known event,

2.  October 11, and October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBT people in 1979.

Wilson’s students at Mehlville High School in Missouri became the real-life lesson participants in civil rights fight when in 1994 during a showing of a film about Nazi Germany called The Holocaust, Wilson held up a poster showing emblems used to identify people in concentration camps.  Wilson said to them: “If I had been in Europe during World War II, they would have put this pink triangle on me and gassed me to death, because I am gay.”

And thus GAY History Month was born.

Among the  early supporters and members of the first coordinating committee were Kevin Jennings, then of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Kevin Boyer of Gerber/Hart Gay and Lesbian Library and Archives in Chicago; Paul Varnell, writer for the Windy City Times; Torey Wilson, Chicago area teacher; Johnda Boyce, women’s studies major at Columbus State University and Jessea Greenman of UC-Berkeley.

Happy GAY History Month kids!

Back2Stonewall.com will  continue everyday of the year to spotlight GAY (And possibly LBT) people, events, and historical moments. because GAY history is too important to just highlight only one month out of the year.

Back2Stonewall.com,  We’re Here!  We’re Queer!  NOW LEARN ABOUT IT!

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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