October is LGBT History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and remember the history of the gay rights movement. First celebrated in 1994, LGBT History Month was founded by Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher in Missouri who believed a month should be dedicated to teaching gay and lesbian history. October was selected because it coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11th and the anniversary of the first LGBT march in Washington, D.C..
The early years of LGBT History Month were used as a call to action; today, the month celebrates role models of the LGBT community. Every year, 31 icons are chosen from a list of nominations. You can view the 2018 list of icons on the LGBT History Month website, read their biographies, watch videos and see related resources.
If you’d like to learn more about some of the icons on this year’s list, the library’s catalog has you covered! Here are some items that you can borrow featuring some 2018 LGBT History Month icons.
Binary by Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco started her record label, Righteous Babe, in 1989 and has released 19 albums since then. Her musical style is a blend of folk, rock, funk, and even jazz, and her lyrics are powerful, socially conscious and autobiographical. You can find a catalog of her music here.
Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer by Chely Wright
Chely Wright became one of America’s first openly gay country music singers; in Like Me, she writes about her struggle working in a music industry where she couldn’t be open about her identity. Find her music here.
Moonlight from Tarell Alvin McCraney
Best known for co-writing the screenplay for the Academy Award winning film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney is an American playwright whose works include In Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue and Choir Boy. You can find some of his plays here.
The Essential James Beard Cookbook: 400 Recipes that Shaped the Tradition of American Cooking by James Beard
One of the most influential chefs in America, James Beard was expelled from college in 1922 for homosexuality (they granted him an honorary degree in 1976). He went on to open a catering company, wrote over 20 cookbooks, hosted a television show, and mentored generations of chefs. Try cooking like James Beard with one of his cookbooks from the catalog.
Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up from Debra Chasnoff
Debra Chasnoff’s documentaries focused on progressive social issues such as family structure and environmental issues. Her films promoted greater tolerance in for gays and lesbians; her film Straightlaced focuses on the gender and sexuality pressures that teenagers face.