Since 1994, LGBT History Month has given the LGBTQ community an opportunity to reflect on important milestones and trailblazers that have shaped our community. Started by a high school teacher from Missouri named Rodney Wilson, every October we remind ourselves of moments of celebration and awareness in our rich history. We remember the Marches on Washington in 1979 and 1987 and today show our visible support with events such as National Coming Out Day and now Spirit Day. As our community continues our journey for full equality, it is important we remember these moments in our history to reflect on the progress made and the work which remains ahead.
Learn more about LGBTQ History Month from the man who started it. In April 2021, we invited Rodney Wilson, educator and creator of LGBTQ History Month, to talk about what inspired him to start this celebration in 1994. Rodney also shares his own personal coming out story to his family and notably to his students. As a high school teacher, he made national headlines when he became the first K-12 teacher in Missouri in 1994.
1994 was a stellar year for Rodney. Hear more in this episode.