2017 Icons

  1. David Adamany
  2. Tom Ammiano
  3. Jack Baker & Michael McConnell
  4. Billy Bean
  5. Ruth Berman & Connie Kurtz
  6. Selisse Berry
  7. Charlotte Bunch
  8. Lynn Conway
  9. George Cukor
  10. Wade Davis II
  11. Brian Epstein
  12. Edythe Eyde
  13. Eric Fanning
  14. Alicia Garza
  15. Mary Douglas Glasspool
  16. Karl Gorath
  17. Lorraine Hansberry
  18. Taiga Ishikawa
  19. Caitlyn Jenner
  20. Marsha P. Johnson
  21. Alain Locke
  22. Barry Manilow
  23. Johnny Mathis
  24. Yukio Mishima
  25. Craig Rodwell
  26. Jeffrey Seller
  27. Kyrsten Sinema
  28. Peter Staley
  29. Vaughn Walker
  30. Jeffrey Weinstein
  31. Rodney Wilson

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

Background

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.

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 www.equalityforum.com.