National LGBTQ+ History Month takes place from October 1 through October 31 celebrating the history of gay rights, related civil rights movements, and the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals. First observed in 1994, October was selected to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11 and to commemorate the first and second marches on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in October of 1979 and 1987.
Learn & Grow
It is important to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month. Though celebrated once a year, the lessons learned during the month will be relevant throughout the year. Below are a few ways you can build community while celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month.
- Host an LGBTQ+ History Month Quiz – This fun activity teaches about important events in LGBTQ+ history.
- Visit the LGBTQ+ Culture Center– Take time to learn about your campus culture center, build new connections, and contribute to building a stronger IU community.
- Attend an LGBTQ+ Event - The IU Bloomington LGBTQ+ Culture Center is pleased to open LGBTQ+ History Month with a panel of IU faculty members talking about their Queer Research on Monday, October 3rd – 6:00-7:30 pm at the IMU – State Room East.
- Donate to Charity – From bake sales to sponsored activities, a fundraiser for such LGBTQ+ charities as Stonewall or a campus LGBTQ+ Culture Center.