This FAU Libraries POP-UP Library is a collection of print and electronic books, movies, databases, and online resources featuring LGBTQ characters and stories and exploring the history of LGBTQ activism and the fight for equality.
LGBTQ History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists and public figures. Each day in October, an LGBTQ Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images, and other resources. This month celebrates the contributions the LGBTQ+ community made to U.S. society and culture and honors the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
LGBTQ History Month was founded by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high-school history teacher, in 1994. He 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 GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations.