LGBT History Month 2022: Daily Video Updates of 31 Icons in 31 Days

At the same time that conservative controlled states are passing laws prohibiting schools from teaching the full and accurate story of American history, they are also banning the stories of, by, and about LGBTQ people in their classrooms.  They are trying to erase us from our place in its history and prevent us from being a part of its future.  This is why LGBT History Month has never been more important than it is this year.

“LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in American history.”

– George Chauncey, Samuel Knight Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department, Yale University

Each day during the month October, LGBT History Month will feature an icon who has made a lasting impact in their field, not just to our Community, but to the global community.

Watch the 2022 Overview Video Here  

From LGBT History Month,

“In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAADthe Human Rights Campaignthe National Gay and Lesbian Task Forcethe National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.”

“Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.”

For more information, visit www.equalityforum.com.

2022 LGBT History Icons

As each icon is honored, their video will be updated daily


  1. Hans Christian Andersen
  2. Robina Asti
  3. Richard Avedon
  4. Ninia Baehr & Genora Dancel
  5. Sue Bird
  6. Victor Blackwell
  7. Matt Bomer
  8. Raphael Bostic
  9. Jennifer Finney Boylan
  10. Kate Brown
  11. Nancy Cárdenas
  12. Kitty Cone
  13. Robert Cutler
  14. André De Shields
  15. Lea Delaria
  16. Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
  17. Masha Gessen
  18. Ron Gold
  19. Radclyffe Hall
  20. Bell Hooks
  21. Jazz Jennings
  22. Mondaire Jones
  23. Stephen Lachs
  24. Lawrence of Arabia
  25. Lance Loud
  26. James Merrill
  27. Rudolf Nureyev
  28. J. Paul Oetken
  29. Amy Schneider
  30. Amy Walter
  31. Alice Wu
“We are entitled to our history… I don’t think you can be a people until you have a history.” 

– Larry Kramer

 

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