October is LGBTQ+ History month
While Pride Month, celebrated in June, enjoys widespread recognition, LGBTQ History Month in October serves a distinct purpose. LGBTQ History Month traces its origins back to 1994 in the United States by Rodney Wilson, a high school history teacher from Missouri, who initiated it to raise awareness about the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ history. Since then, it has grown into a global observance, providing an essential platform for reflecting upon the contributions and adversities faced by the LGBTQ+ community throughout history.
LGBTQ History Month is a crucial bridge between the past and the present, illuminating the path toward a more equitable future. It is a reminder that the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights is ongoing and requires the collective effort of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to ensure that progress continues to be made.
As we celebrate all the gains made for the LGBTQ+ community in the last century, the lives of its members continue to be props for political theater in our nation and worldwide. Twelve countries have a death penalty for LGBTQ+ activity, and more countries have or are attempting to pass laws targeted to criminalizing the community.
Our lives are far too short to continue marred by bigotry and hatred. Those who lived a century ago should have enjoyed today’s rights. We long for the day when all people of our world, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can all be guaranteed the same freedoms, privileges, respect, and human decencies. This month, may we all grow more inspired and empowered to champion equal rights for all people.