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LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is celebrated at different times throughout the world; within the US and Canada it’s during October. It was decided to happen within October since it coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11th, and that October was the occurrence of the first March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1979. Spirit Day was created in October 2010 by Canadian teen Brittany McMillan, who began working with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to help those who were victimized due to bullying LGBT members.  To show support, people wear purple and celebrate acceptance together. Celebrities like Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, MTV, and the White House have celebrated and supported Spirit Day, ensuring that Spirit Day became an observed holiday.

“In the United Kingdom, LGBT History Month is observed in February because that is the month, in 2003, of the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act of 1988, which banned “promoting” homosexuality. Our lesbian face of 2019 is Marielle Franco, the black lesbian feminist murdered earlier this year; an apposite choice from a nation that has recently elected the openly fascist Jair Bolsonaro. Our gay face is Magnus Hirschfeld, arguably Europe’s first advocate for LGBT rights, whose film Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others) was released in 1919. Our bisexual face is Rupert Graves, most famous for his autobiographical work Goodbye To All That as well as I Claudius. And our trans face is Marsha P. Johnson, one of the most famous faces from the Stonewall Riots, who is thought by many to be have been murdered”.

In 1953, Evelyn Hooker applied for a NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) grant to conduct research on “Normal Homosexuals”. During the time, being gay was not only  a crime it was considered a disease within the DSM III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual III of the American Psychiatric Association) and was “cured” by terrible “surgeries” like ice pick lobotomies, electroshock, chemical castration with hormonal treatment or aversive conditioning. Evelyn was introduced to the ‘gay subculture’ through a friend Sam From, who provided all of the information she needed to scientifically prove that Homosexuality was not a form of psychopathology and was removed as an “illness”.

If you’re looking for more information about people, occurrences, and other pieces of information regarding LGBT History feel free to follow some of these links and learn more:

Roberta Cowell – First known British Trans Woman, Stonewall Riots – Police raid against New York Gay Bars,  London’s First Gay Pride MarchUK’s first AIDS Charity – Terry Higgins dies of AIDS in hospital, Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 – the law that prompted Sir Ian McKellen to come out as gay and form Stonewall with Michael Cashman and Lisa Power, World Health Organization declassifies same-sex attraction as illness, P v S and Cornwall County Council – Trans woman takes company to court for a discrimination against Sex, David Copeland – Nail Bomber who attacked Admiral Duncan (gay bar), Civil Partnership Act – Same Sex couples in UK are recognized, Sylvia Rivera – a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, Brenda Howard – organized first Pride Parade, Gilbert Baker – creator of Gay Flag in dedication after Harvey Milk (openly gay San Francisco Supervisor) was assassinated.

Otherwise, feel free to read some of these fantastic books regarded the LGBT spectrum and those who became comfortable with their choices and lives:

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli YA Fiction Albertalli, B
I Am J – Cris Beam YA Fiction Beam, C
How To Make A Wish – Ashley Herring Blake YA Fiction Blake, A
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You – Peter Cameron YA Fiction Cameron, P
Freak Boy – Kristin Elizabeth Clark YA Fiction Clark, E
Little and Lion – Brandy Colbert YA Fiction Colbert, B
Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin YA Fiction Garvin, J
The Difference Between You and Me – Madeleine George YA Fiction George, M
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan YA Fiction Green, J
Looking For Group – Rory Harrison YA Fiction Harrison, R
Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg YA Fiction Konigsberg, B
We Are Okay – Nina LaCour YA Fiction LaCour, N
Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan YA Fiction Levithan, D
Huntress – Malinda Lo YA Fiction Lo, M
True Letters From A Fictional Life – Kenneth Logan YA Fiction Logan, K
Hero – Perry Moore YA Fiction Moore, P
Ramona Blue – Julie Murphy YA Fiction Murphy, J
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson YA Fiction Nelson, J
Release – Patrick Ness YA Fiction Ness, P
Keeping You A Secret – Julie Anne Peters YA Fiction Peters, J
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces – Isabel Quitero YA Fiction Quitero, I
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell YA Fiction Rowell, R
If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo YA Fiction Russo, M
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz  YA Fiction Saenz, B
More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera YA Fiction Silvera, A
Skim – Mariko and Jillian Tamaki YA Fiction Tamaki, M
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson YA Fiction Williamson, L 
Parrotfish – Ellen Wittlinger YA Fiction Wittlinger, E
Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Colthurst  YA Fantasy Coulthurst, A
When the Moon Was Ours – Anna Marie McLemore YA Fantasy McLemore, A
The Culling – Steven Dos Santos YA SF Dos Santos, S
Proxy – Alex Lando YA SF Lando, A
Queer, There, and Everywhere – Sarah Prager Teen Nonfic 306.76 PRA
Alex As Well – Alyssa Brugman Axis360
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children – Kristin Cronn-Mills Axis360
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily Danforth  Axis360
Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan  Axis360
Girl Mans Up – P.E. Girard Axis360
None of the Above – I.W. Gregorio Axis360
Silhouette of a Sparrow – Molly Beth Griffin Axis360
Geography Club – Brent Hartinger Axis360
Deliver Us From Evie – M. E. Kerr Axis360
Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour Axis360
Pantomime – Laura Lam Axis360
Two Boy Kissing – David Levithan  Axis360
Boyfriends with Girlfriends – Alex Sanchez Axis360
Lizard Radio – Pat Schmatz Axis360
Beast – Brie Spangler Axis360
Gender Failure – Rae Spoon Axis360
Coda – Emma Trevayne Axis360
Fat Angie – Charlton Trujillo Axis360
The House You Pass On The Way – Jacqueline Woodson Axis360
Almost Perfect – Brian Katcher eMediaLibrary
Luna – Julie Anne Peters eMediaLibrary
Quicksilver – R.J. Anderson LINKin
Double Exposure – Bridgett Birdsall LINKin
Dreadnought – April Daniels LINKin
Let’s Talk About Love – Claire Kann LINKin
The Unintentional Time Traveler – Everett Moon LINKin
Tash Hearts Tolstoy – Kathryn Ormsbee LINKin
Juliet Takes A Breath – Gabby Rivera LINKin
Swimming In The Monsoon Sea – Shyam Selvadurai LINKin
It’s Not Like It’s A Secret – Misa Sugiera LINKin
Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley LINKin
Golden Boy – Abigail Tartellin LINKin
27 Hours – Tristina Wright LINKin

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