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Seven school districts, including Broward and Palm Beach counties, recognize LGBT History Month

News release from Equality Forum:

equality forumIn 2012, the Los Angeles Unified (CA), Broward County (FL), and Palm Beach County (FL) school districts became the first districts to collaborate in the LGBT History Month. In 2013, they are joined by Fresno Unified (CA), Baltimore County (MD), Charlotte-Mecklenberg County (NC) and Philadelphia (PA) school districts. The seven school districts include a total of almost 1,450,000 students.

Initiated in 2006, LGBT History Month highlights a different LGBT Icon on its website every day in October. In eight years, the website has archived 248 easily-searchable Icons and serves as a free-access resource for LGBT history and contributions. LGBT History Month is the project of Equality Forum, a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus.

“Equality Forum salutes these seven metropolitan school districts for utilizing LGBT History Month resources” stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum. “These districts promote diversity and use these educational tools to combat bullying and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.”

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community is the only minority worldwide that is not taught its history at home, religious institutions, and until last year – in public schools. LGBT History Month provides positive role models, promotes self-empowerment, strengthens community and illuminates the LGBT community’s national and international contributions.

Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, oversees a federal marriage recognition law suit, undertakes high impact initiatives, produces documentary films, and presents the largest annual international LGBT summit.

To learn more about Equality Forum and LGBT History Month visit:

www.equalityforum.com

www.lgbthistorymonth.com

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