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LGBTQ+ History Month Guide 2023



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2023 Icons

  1. Ethel Allen
  2. Kwame Anthony Appiah
  3. Gladys Bentley
  4. Jackie Biskupski
  5. Kate Bornstein
  6. Ana Brnabic
  7. Pete Buttigieg
  8. Eliza Byard
  9. Brandi Carlile
  10. George Chauncey
  11. Lou Chibbaro Jr.
  12. Sharice Davids
  13. Babe Didrickson
  14. Cheryl Dunye
  15. Lillian Faderman
  16. Ronan Farrow
  1. Jewelle Gomez
  2. Emma González
  3. Sherenté Harris
  4. Rock Hudson
  5. Robert Indiana
  6. James Ivory
  7. Anne Lister
  8. Arthur Mitchell
  9. Julia Morgan
  10. Anaraa Nyamdorj
  11. Jared Polis
  12. Angela Ponce
  13. Keshav Suri
  14. Lillian Wald
  15. Edith Wharton

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LGBT History Is American History


Background of LGBT History Month

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, 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. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.


Read more from the LGBT History Month page


How It Works

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.



Follow the daily video here at Equality Forum

Watch as the new one comes out each day


Like the quiz? Visit the Anniversary Page for more quizzes and links to 496 icon profiles