The origin of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month can be traced to a Missouri high school teacher. In 1994, Rodney Wilson thought a month should be designated to celebrate and teach gay and lesbian history. October was chosen because several other important events in the LGBT movement occur then, including National Coming Out Day on October 11 and the anniversary of the first march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights on October 14, 1979. Spirit Day—when people wear purple in support of LGBT youth—also occurs on October 20.
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Several organizations endorse the month. But in 2006, the Equality Forum took the lead in providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month. During the month, Equality Forum celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender icons. Each day an important person is featured on its website, equalityforum.com, and information about that person is available to share.
To our LGBT friends and all who love and support them, we welcome you to Hallmark’s online resource page. As it has done for more than 100 years, Hallmark is here to help express love, encouragement, joy and acceptance. We hope to provide you with the tools, advice and information you need to nurture and affirm all your unique and treasured relationships.