October is LGBTQ+ History Month, a time to celebrate and honor the rich history and contributions of our diverse community. It is also a time to reflect on the progress we have made—and to recommit to fighting for full equality and inclusion.
We would not be where we are today if not for the groundbreaking work of the brave activists who fought for our rights. Think of Harry Hay, the co-founder of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained gay rights group in the United States; Audre Lord, the self-described “black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, mother, warrior, poet;” or Rodney Wilson, the first openly gay public school teacher in Missouri, who created LGBTQ+ History Month in 1994. We also celebrate the many LGBTQ+ leaders and role models who inspire us today.
To learn more about our history and culture, there are many resources available, including the USC LGBTQ+ Student Center and ONE Archives at USC Libraries.
Here are some ways to make your LGBTQ+ History Month more impactful:
- Attend USC LGBTQ+ History Month events.
- Support LGBTQ+ businesses and organizations.
- Speak out against discrimination and prejudice; when you hear someone making homophobic, transphobic or biphobic remarks, challenge them.
Together, we can create a world where everyone can be themselves and thrive.
Keep an eye on Lambda’s social media as we remember and honor those who fought for our rights.
Happy LGBTQ+ History Month and Fight On!
USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association