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LGBT History month celebrated community’s accomplishments

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Speakers at the Columbia PRIDE Parade

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Speakers at the Columbia PRIDE Parade

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Speakers at the Columbia PRIDE Parade

Caitlyn Neal, staff writer

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For Rodney Wilson, LGBT History month is more than the history of the community. It is also his own history.

In 1994, Wilson, a graduate student at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, proposed the idea of dedicating a month to the history of the LGBT community. “I’m happy to say that UMSL was among the very first colleges and universities in the United States to hold a function, doing so that October in 1994,” Wilson said, according to UMSL Daily.

October was chosen because of the already established LGBT dates in the month, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization. National Coming Out Day was Oct. 11, and the anniversary of the first march on Washington by the LGBT community was Oct. 14. Columbia also held the PRIDE Parade on Oct. 20.

Rodney Wilson photo courtesy of USML Daily

 

Spirit Day was on Oct. 20, and people across the country wore purple in support of LGBT youths. Ally Week celebrates allies who are against the bullying of LGBT students.

“Having a month dedicated to LGBT gives attention to the subjects and allows for more people to gain knowledge about it and accept it,” Katelyn Witte, a junior psychology major, said.

 

Wilson was also a teacher at Mehlville High School in south St. Louis County while in graduate school. He became the first openly gay teacher in Missouri once LGBT History month began to grow and spread across the nation, according to USML Daily.

One website, LGBT History Month, celebrates one LGBT icon each day of the month. The icons are chosen the previous year through nominations. This year, Rodney Wilson is the icon for Oct. 31.

LGBT History month is now celebrated across the nation. The LGBT community remembers everything they have accomplished, and as more people become aware of the month, they learn the community’s history as well.

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