Monday, September 27, 2010

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Nods LGBT History Month

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In the conclusion of our exclusive audio interview, Malcolm Lazin, Founder and Executive Director of Equality Forum talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ on the importance of educating our country about our LGBT community. As you know for the past 5 years every October Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month honoring LGBT leaders and icons. The great news is that The U.S. Department of Education will now recognize October as LGBT History Month with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan providing welcoming remarks at the Department’s first LGBT History Month event. Equality Forum announced that starting in 2011, GLBT History Month will be renamed LGBT History Month.

“For a community deprived of its history, GLBT History Month teaches heritage, provides role models, builds community and recognizes extraordinary national and international contributions,” said Ora Alger, LGBTA Employees at ED President, U.S. Department of Education. “We salute Equality Forum for spearheading this free educational resource.” “GLBT History Month is an educational project,” stated Lazin “We are delighted to have the U.S. Department of Education recognize and celebrate our community’s history month. We salute GLSEN, GSA Network and Campus Pride for promoting Equality Forum GLBT History Month to over 6,000 high schools and colleges.”

Each day in October, an Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. The videos are offered without charge to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, for profit companies and the public. 2010 marks the 5th anniversary of GLBT History Month, featuring 155 Icons from 2006 to 2010.

“Our community has made profound international contributions as reflected by Alexander the Great, James Baldwin, environmental movement pioneer Rachel Carson, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tchaikovsky, Alan Turing, Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. Our nation has been enriched by Leonard Bernstein, George Washington Carver, George Eastman, Barney Frank, Philip Johnson, Alfred Kinsey, Annie Leibovitz, Margaret Mead, Suze Orman, Bayard Rustin and Gore Vidal. Our culture would not be the same without Alvin Ailey, Jr., Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Ford, Cary Grant, Keith Haring, Elton John, Jasper Johns, Bill T. Jones, Tony Kushner, k.d. lang, Jane Lynch, Rachel Maddow, Martina Navratilova, Cole Porter, Bessie Smith, Gianni Versace, John Waters and Andy Warhol.” Lazin concluded.

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high impact initiatives and presents annually the largest national and international LGBT civil rights summit.
Listen to Part #1: GLBT History Month Celebrates Five Years
For More Info: www.glbtHistoryMonth.com


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