October is LGBTQ+ History Month, a month long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) history and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBTQ+ History Month focuses on recognizing and celebrating the historical achievements in the LGBTQ+ community and creating opportunities for education and engaging in healthy and open discussions. October was selected as LGBTQ+ History Month to commemorate the march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights (October 14, 1979) and to coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11th, first celebrated in 1988). LGBTQ+ History Month is not to be confused with Pride Month which is celebrated in June and focuses on uplifting, LGBTQ voices and support of LGBTQ+ rights.
To learn more about LGBTQ+ History Month, Pride Month, and other LGBTQ+ historical facts about the observances above, or any other holidays or observances, refer to the links below: