Sep 27, 2011
By Ashley Anderson
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) History Month kicks off Oct. 1, and the Ohio University LGBT Center and the student organization Open Doors have planned many events to create pride and awareness.
High school teacher Rodney Wilson first established LGBT History month in 1994 to educate youth about gay and lesbian history.
Since the initial observance, LGBT History Month has become a national event and is sponsored by Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Education Association. In 2006, Equality Forum began providing information and promotion materials for the month.
"There is so much of a story that is untold that consists of LGBT members throughout history," said Mickey Hart, director of the Ohio University LGBT Center. "LGBT students on campus need to know that there are role models."
On the Athens campus, the LGBT Center and Open Doors will be sponsoring many fun and educational events throughout the month to celebrate, including the following:
• A SafeZone Workshop will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 356 Baker University Center. SafeZone members participate in a two-hour training workshop and receive an OHIO SafeZone card and button to display as a sign of support. Sign up to attend here.
• Open Doors is hosting dance parties at Casa Nueva at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 28.
• National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, Oct. 11.
• SpeakOUT! Panel is Oct. 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the LGBT Center. Students can ask the panel questions and share experiences.
• DOC-TALK Night takes place Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Baker University Center 354. Watch Out of the Past, a documentary about LGBT history and participate in a discussion.
• The Open Doors LGBT History Month speaker, USAFR Major Trevor Sthultz, will speak from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Baker University Center 240. Sthultz will discuss the negative and positive impact of the recently ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
All students are encouraged to participate in the LGBT History Month celebrations, no matter their sexual orientation.
More information can be found here.