Equality Forum based in Philadelphia has announced the 31 Icons for its 2012 annual LGBT History Month in October. Here's the news release:
“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and Executive Director of Equality Forum.
Icons are selected for their accomplishments in their field of endeavor, their status as a national hero or their significant contributions to LGBT equality.
LGBT History Month 2012 Icons
Roberta Achtenberg – Government
Gloria Anzaldua – Author
Ann Bannon – Author
Katherine Lee Bates – “America the Beautiful” Songwriter
Mary Bonauto – Lawyer
Glenn Burke – Athlete
Paul Cadmus – Artist
Truman Capote – Novelist
Chris Colfer – Actor
Kate Clinton – Comedian
Ramon Cortines – Educator
Marlene Dietrich – Actor
Jodie Foster – Actor/Director
Jean Paul Gaultier – Designer
Henry Gerber – Activist
Billy Haines – Actor
Mary Kay Henry – Labor Activist
Chris Hughes – Facebook Co-founder
Christine Jorgensen – Transgender Pioneer
Arthur Laurents – Playwright/Director
Don Lemon – News Anchor
Federico Garcia Lorca – Poet
Irshad Manji – Muslim Reformist
Katherine Miller – Activist
Holly Near – Singer
Rupaul – Entertainer
Pierre Seel – Holocaust Hero
Billy Strayhorn – Composer
Jon Stryker – Philanthropist
Tom Waddell – Gay Games Founder
Rev. Robert Wood – Gay Pioneer
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. These resources will be available without charge to the media, educational institutions, organizations and the public at www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com.
Icons are nominated by organizations and the public and are selected by the LGBT History Month Co-chairs and approved by the Equality Forum Board of Directors. The LGBT History Month 2012 Co-chairs are Professor George Chauncey, Chair, History & American Studies Department, Yale University, and Professor Sue Rankin, Education and LGBT Studies, Penn State University.
The LGBT community is the only community not taught its history at home, in public schools or religious institutions. LGBT History Month enhances self-esteem, provides role models and makes a civil rights statement of the LGBT community’s impressive national and international contributions.
Secretary Arne Duncan launched LGBT History Month 2010 at the U.S. Department of Education. Nancy Pelosi issued a proclamation for LGBT History Month 2011.
Equality Forum (www.equalityforum.com), a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, coordinates LGBT History Month worldwide, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit.