LGBT History Month 2012 starts today at www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com. Included among the 2012 icons are “America the Beautiful” songwriter Katharine Lee Bates; Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes; transgender pioneer Christine Jorgensen; actors Jodie Foster, Marlene Dietrich, and Chris Colfer; and entertainer RuPaul.
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. These resources are available without charge. Organizations, educational institutions, workplace groups and individuals can obtain for free the featured Icon’s video for each day in October. A free and easily embedded video player provides the Icon’s video, which is automatically updated daily.
LGBT History Month 2012 includes an Icon search engine. Educators, users and journalists can search for all 186 Icons from 2006 to 2011—from a cloud of more than 200 tags including Academy Award, Athlete, African-American, Author, Composer, Entrepreneur, Germany, Lesbian, Politics, Transgender and Washington, D.C.; users are provided with links to all Icons in that category and their resources.
“This is the 7th anniversary of LGBT History Month. There are a total of 217 Icons that inspire pride in our heroes and our impressive national and international accomplishments,” stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum, and founder of LGBT History Month.
On September 19, 2012, the School Board of Broward County, Florida became the first school board to pass a resolution in support of LGBT History Month. The Broward County School District is the sixth largest school district in the nation and includes Fort Lauderdale.
In 2010, the federal government recognized LGBT History Month when Secretary Arne Duncan led a U.S. Department of Education ceremony. In 2011, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi issued a proclamation for LGBT History Month.
LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 with 20 organizations having a link on their websites. In 2011, over 800 organizations and educational institutions had a link, making LGBT History Month the largest LGBT collaboration. In 2011, LGBT History Month had 50 million media impressions.
LGBT History Month provides role models, teaches history, builds community, and makes the important civil rights statement of the LGBT community’s important contributions.