LGBTQ+ History Month 2020


The progress pride flag. Designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018. Quasar added the five-colored chevron to the classic rainbow pride flag to further emphasize “inclusion” and “progression.”

Story by Christian (CJ) Joseph Walden, Staff Writer

LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more) History Month is an annual observance of the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements across the globe occuring in October. However, in different countries LGBTQ+ History Month can be celebrated in a variety of different months, such as in February for The United Kingdom. 

LGBTQ+ History Month originated in the United States, and it was first called Lesbian and Gay History Month. Lesbian and Gay History Month was founded by a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson. Wilson was the first openly gay public school teacher in all of Missouri, and the idea originated from him as he chose October for the month of celebration. Wilson’s Lesbian and Gay History Month first occured in 1994. Later, the name was changed to encompass all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“I find that LGBTQ+ History Month has a big significance in our society,” said junior Halina Goldstein. “People regardless of sexuality need to learn the history and why we will continue to fight to keep same sex marriage. Throughout history many members of the LGBTQ+ community have done incredible things. Sexuality doesn’t define who you are, it is just a part of you. Having a month that showcases the incredible history of the community is extremely important.”

In 2012, The Broward County school district signed a resolution in September in support of LGBTQ+ Americans. Found on their site, the Broward County school district said, Broward County openly supported members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, it is important to celebrate your history month in order to remember the past. Due to recent events, with the discussion of overturning the Supreme Court’s decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, decision by the Supreme Court to force all states to allow same-sex marriages, it is important to remember the history of all members of the LGBTQ+ community and how the community fought for their rights, and how they will certainly do it again. 

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