Friday, September 24, 2010

GLBT History Month Celebrates Five Years

Interview Conclusion: U.S. Dept. of Ed. Nods LGBT History Month
In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Malcolm Lazin, Founder and Executive Director of Equality Forum. For the past 5 years every October Equality Forum coordinates “GLBT History Month” honoring LGBT leaders and icons. When asked about this important educational project Lazin stated, “We’re very proud of this project because as you know we’re a national and international project and certainly as we’ve seen from “Black History Month”, "Women's History Month", “Hispanic Heritage Month”, those projects are very important civil rights movements and we think particularly important to our (LGBT) community because we’re the only minority worldwide that’s not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions and so it’s no wonder homophobia has had the pernicious impact on our (LGBT) community. And projects like this that are really educational based and provide role models and a sense of our history are very important to both individuals and community development.”

Lazin also discussed the recent LGBT federal trials addressing Prop 8 in California, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Log Cabin Republican federal case against the military “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Federal Judges have ruled that all of these cases have been found to be unconstitutional and discriminatory against our LGBT community.

“GLBT History Month" begins October 1, 2010. A GLBT icon is presented daily, with a video bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources - all provided for free. The 31 icon videos can be embedded without charge on websites, blogs or social networking. Among this year’s honorees are: George Washington Carver, George Eastman, Leslie Feinberg, Tom Ford, Jane Lynch, Cynthia Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Matthew Shepard, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Rufus Wainwright, to name a few. The conclusion of this interview will be posted next week addressing LGBTQ Teens and the importance of providing positive LGBT educational resources for future generations.
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