PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following protests by a
small number of parents who wanted GLBT History Month removed from the
2007- 2008 calendar, the Philadelphia School District dropped all
celebratory months including Black History Month and Women's History Month.
Last year, for the first time, school officials produced about 200,000
calendars designating October as "Gay and Lesbian History Month."
"It is appalling that a school district would drop months that
recognize and educate our school children about the history and
contributions of America's diverse fabric," stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive
Director of Equality Forum. "It is long overdue that important national
contributions made by gays and lesbians are openly recognized."
Thomas Brady, the district's interim CEO, supports the decision to
eliminate the monthly designations in the annual calendar. According to the
Philadelphia Gay News, Brady does not plan to actively crusade for GLBT
students nor support a GLBT-studies program in the schools. While Brady is
for people being treated fairly and equitably, he opposes lifting the
military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning openly gay
servicemembers. "I'm very comfortable with where it is now. Fifty years
from now and we're having this conversation, it would be different," stated
Starting in 2006, Equality Forum produces and distributes, nationally
and internationally, educational information for GLBT History Month each
October. GLBT History Month 2006 and 2007 Icons include James Baldwin,
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Martina
Navratilova, Alexander the Great, Leonard Bernstein, Leonardo da Vinci,
Cole Porter, Harvard University Reverend Peter Gomes, among others. The
GLBT History Month Web site (http://www.glbtHistoryMonth.com) provides for
each Icon a video, biography, bibliography and other educational resources.
"GLBT History Month is important for gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender (GLBT) students and for the mainstream community, said Lazin.
"The GLBT community is uniquely disadvantaged because it does not learn its
history at home nor in public schools. It is important for young people to
have role models, know their history and take pride in the national and
international contributions of their community."
Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights
organization. Equality Forum undertakes high impact initiatives,
coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films and presents the
largest national and international GLBT civil rights forum. For more
information about Equality Forum, visit http://www.equalityforum.com. For
more information about GLBT History Month, visit
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