Rodney Wilson, Founder of LGBTQ History Month


Rodney Wilson is a person who is one to be recognized.

Founder of LGBTQ History Month in 1994. At the time, he was a public school history teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. LGBTQ History Month is held in October of each year. Considered the first openly gay public school teacher in the State. Community College teacher and produces independent films for Circa87.

About LGBT History Month

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.


LGBT History
Is American History

“LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders, and youth about the vital importance of recognizing and exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in American history.”

George Chauncey
Samuel Knight Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department, Yale University

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.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

Don’t forget to get ready for 2016 Nominations….

Nominations for LGBT History Month 2016 Icons

Equality Forum is accepting nominations for LGBT History Month 2016 Icons. Nominations should be submitted by clicking here. The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, December 11, 2015.

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The 31 LGBT Icons, living or dead, are selected for their achievements in their field of endeavor; for their status as a national hero; or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. Equality Forum solicits nominations from regional, state, national and international organizations, activists, and the public.

The LGBT History Month 2015 Co-Chairs are Lillian Faderman and Paul Farber. Lillian is a distinguished LGBT historian, author and retired Professor at California State University. Paul is an Assistant Professor at Haverford College with a PhD in American Culture. LGBT History Month 2015 Co-Chairs review all nominations and recommend Icons.
Click here to view the list of LGBT ICONS from 2006 to the present with links to their videos, biographies, resources and downloads. Please note that the 31 Icons for 2015 are featured one each day, beginning October 1. The information for each 2015 Icon will not be available until the day he or she is honored.

About Equality Forum

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. For more information, visit

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