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LGBT History Month Remembers Teen Suicides
A 14-year-old gay teen from Buffalo, New York, Jamey Rodemeyer, took his life on Sunday. LGBT History Month Icon Lady Gaga was his inspiration, especially her song “Born This Way.” Jamey,who was constantly bullied in school, felt he "could never escape it."
"Jamey’s suicide is a heartbreaking reminder of the vulnerability of gay teens. Every day in the United States a gay teen’s life ends in suicide. They are bullied and marginalized. While some may say that Jamey took his life, unrelenting homophobia murdered him,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder and Executive Director of Equality Forum. "LGBT History Month provides role models and empowering life-affirming resources. Equality Forum remembers Jamey and dedicates LGBT History Month to ending these tragedies."
Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a free video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources at www.lgbthistorymonth.com. LGBT History Month 2011 includes an internal search engine for all 186 Icons from 2006 – 2011.
LGBT History Month enhances self-esteem, builds community, and makes the important civil rights statement of the LGBT community’s important national and international contributions.
October LGBT History Month Icons
1st Kye Allums – Athlete
2nd John Ashbery – Poet
3rd Alison Bechdel – Cartoonist
4th John Berry – Government Official
5th Dustin Lance Black – Screenwriter
6th Keith Boykin – Commentator
7th Rita Mae Brown – Author
8th Dan Choi – Activist
9th Aaron Copland – Composer
10th Alan Cumming – Actor
11th Denise Eger – Rabbi
12th Lady Gaga – Singer
13th Michael Guest – Diplomat
14th Neil Patrick Harris – Actor
15th Daniel Hernandez Jr. – Hero
16th Langston Hughes – Author
17th Frida Kahlo – Artist
18th David Kato – Ugandan Activist
19th Michael Kirby – Supreme Court Justice
20th Victoria Kolakowski – Judge
21st Dave Kopay – Athlete
22nd Ricky Martin – Singer
23rd Amélie Mauresmo – Athlete
24th Constance McMillen – Youth Activist
25th Ryan Murphy – Writer/Director
26th Dan Savage – Journalist/Author
27th Amanda Simpson – Government Official
28th Wanda Sykes – Comedian/Actor
29th Lilli Vincenz – Gay Pioneer
30th Virginia Woolf – Author
31st Pedro Zamora – AIDS Activist, MTV Personality
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 forum.