We here at the CPHS get VERY excited when October comes around because it is a special month that combines two of our very favourite things – the gender, sexuality, and relationship diverse (GSRD) community and HISTORY.
What is LGBT History Month?
Originating in the United States as Lesbian and Gay History Month in 1994, the month represents a month-long observance of the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement. It represents an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of the GSRD community to the overall civil rights movement and is celebrated in countries all over the world!
Why is it in October?
The month of October was originally chosen to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th, but it just so happens that there a number of other days worth noting this month, such as:
- International Lesbian Day (8th)
- International Pronouns Day (18th)
- Spirit Day (19th)
- Asexual Awareness Day (22nd)
- Intersex Awareness Day (26th)
… just to name a few! Stay tuned to our website and our social media for more information on these days as the month goes on.
How can I participate?
- Check out our lesson plans and other education resources for ideas on key events that have impacted GSRD rights and the pride movement which can be included in your classes
- Spread information and centre GSRD voices at the same time by resharing their content on social media
- Look for ways to support your local pride community, such as by attending their events, donating to their causes, or even volunteering!