October: USA GLBTQ History Month

In the USA, October is the month dedicated to increasing awareness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities (GLBTQ) collective history. Throughout this entire month, there is a concerted focus on celebrating the achievements and contributions of these communities in both the past and present. In doing so, we hope to guarantee the success of those undertaking accomplishments in the future. Educating others on the many challenges overcome by the GLBTQ individuals in the history of this country and its institutions, both state, sacred and legal, is viewed as one method of attaining this goal.

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school (secondary school) teacher recognized a serious need in having a month dedicated to the celebrating and teaching of GLBTQ history. He met with education administrators, fellow teachers and local GLBTQ community organizations and they selected the month of October, annually, as the best month to do this as National Coming Out Day (October 11) was already observed during this month.

The concept gained national attention and the initiative was endorsed by GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and others. In 2006, Equality Forum became responsible for providing and disseminating resources for GLBTQ History Month. A link for the GLBTQ History Month website is located at the end of this post.


The 2017 honorees for GLBTQ history month are listed below. Please note that each one is observed on the date of their numerical listing. Brief individual biographies are available on the GLBTQ History Month website.

  1. David Adamany
  2. Tom Ammiano
  3. Jack Baker and Michael McConnell
  4. Billy Bean
  5. Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz
  6. Selisse Berry
  7. Charlotte Burch
  8. Lynn Conway
  9. George Cukor
  10. Wade Davis II
  11. Brain Epstein
  12. Edith Eyde
  13. Eric Fanning
  14. Alicia Garza
  15. Mary Douglas Glasspool
  16. Karl Gorath
  17. Lorraine Hansberry
  18. Taiga Ishikawa
  19. Caitlyn Jenner
  20. Marsha P. Johnson
  21. Alan Locke
  22. Barry Manilow
  23. Johnny Mathis
  24. Yukio Mishima
  25. Craig Rodwell
  26. Jeffrey Seller
  27. Krysten Sinema
  28. Peter Staley
  29. Vaughn Walker
  30. Jeffrey Weinstein
  31. Rodney Wilson


As of this date, there is not a Bare (naked, nude) History Month observed nationally. For this reason, I’ll post a weekly selection of vintage nude photos every Wednesday during the month of October to compensate for this deficiency. The first such post will publish here on ReNude Pride on Wednesday, October 4. Subsequent posts are scheduled for October 11, October 18 and October 25.

Equality Forum maintains a website for GLBTQ History Month. The site offers resources for educators, community organizers and other interested parties. They feature a biography of each honoree in a printer-friendly PDF format. Click on the link below:

GLBTQ History Month 2017

Happy  GLBTQ History Month!

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride



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