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LGBT History Month 2011 Website With Search Engine Launch

The 2011 LGBT History Month Website is now online at www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. These resources are available without charge. Organizations, educational institutions, workplace groups and individuals can obtain for free the featured Icon’s video for each day in October. A free and easily embedded video player provides the Icon’s video, which is automatically updated daily.

LGBT History Month 2011 includes an internal search engine for all 186 Icons from inception in 2006 to present. By clicking on “Icon Search” and choosing one of hundreds of categories such as African-American, Athlete, California, Germany, HIV/AIDS,  Military, Religion, Transgender, Youth; visitors to the site will be provided with links to all Icons in that category.

“Equality Forum is grateful to the MAC AIDS Fund for providing the funding for the search engine. Students, educators, journalists, organizations and activists can find Icons that resonate with their interests,” said Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum, and founder of LGBT History Month.

LGBT History Month provides role models, teaches history, builds community, and makes the important civil rights statement of the LGBT community’s important contributions. As the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or religious institutions, this free online project is educational, engaging and empowering.  

GSAs, colleges, and community centers, among others can download free Icon images and resources to create an LGBT History Month 2011 Exhibit. 

In 2010, the federal government recognized the project with Secretary Arne Duncan launching LGBT History Month ceremonies at the U.S. Department of Education.

LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 with 20 organizations having a link on their websites. In 2010, over 700 organizations and educational institutions had a link, making LGBT History Month the largest LGBT collaboration. In 2006, there were fewer than 100,000 web hits. In 2010, the site had 6 million hits (6,000% increase) and 260,000 unique visitors. 

October 2011 LGBT History Month Icons

1.   Kye Allums – Athlete 
2.   John Ashbery – Poet  
3.   Alison Bechdel – Cartoonist 
4.   John Berry – Government Official  
5.   Dustin Lance Black – Screenwriter 
6.   Keith Boykin – Commentator  
7.   Rita Mae Brown – Author   
8.   Dan Choi – Activist 
9.   Aaron Copland – Composer  
10.  Alan Cumming – Actor 
11.  Denise Eger – Rabbi 
12.  Lady Gaga – Singer 
13.  Michael Guest – Diplomat 
14.  Neil Patrick Harris – Actor
15.  Daniel Hernandez Jr. – Hero 
16.  Langston Hughes – Author 
17.  Frida Kahlo – Artist 
18.  David Kato – Ugandan Activist 
19.  Michael Kirby – Supreme Court Justice  
20.  Victoria Kolakowski – Judge  
21.  Dave Kopay – Athlete  
22.  Ricky Martin – Singer 
23.  Amélie Mauresmo – Athlete
24.  Constance McMillen – Youth Activist 
25.  Ryan Murphy – Writer/Director  
26.  Dan Savage – Journalist/Author  
27.  Amanda Simpson – Government Official  
28.  Wanda Sykes – Comedian/Actor
29.  Lilli Vincenz – Gay Pioneer 
30.  Virginia Woolf – Author 
31.  Pedro Zamora – AIDS Activist, MTV Personality 

Equality Forum (www.equalityforum.com), a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus, coordinates LGBT History Month worldwide, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit.