LGBTQ+ History Month

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LGBT History Month was established in 1994 by a Missouri high school teacher who recognized the importance of celebrating and teaching gay and lesbian history. October was selected partly because of the already established Coming Out Day (Oct. 11). Although the month was first introduced as Lesbian and Gay History Month, it evolved to be more inclusive of individuals who identify as bisexual, transgender and/or queer/questioning. Today, LGBT History Month encourages honesty, openness, and celebration while creating opportunities for LGBT individuals and their allies.