PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Equality Forum, an international GLBT civil rights organization, is coordinating the launch of GLBT History Month. Thirty-one Leaders will be honored during October with a video, biography, and bibliography celebrating their achievements. GLBT History Month is modeled after Black and Women's History Months. "We want people not only to celebrate Walt Whitman, Elton John, and Ellen DeGeneres but to learn about Alan Turing, who broke the German Enigma Code and helped the Allies win World War II; Lupe Valdez, the first Latina and lesbian Sheriff of Dallas County, TX; and Bayard Rustin, an African-American colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who organized the 1963 demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial," stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum. Leaders were nominated by executive directors of statewide, national, and international GLBT organizations. The criteria for nominees are: national or international GLBT persons, living or deceased, distinguished within their field of endeavor, as national heroes, or in the GLBT civil rights movement. The nominees were selected by GLBT History Month Co-Chairs Rev. Nancy Wilson, international Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) and Professor Kenji Yoshino, Yale Law School. Equality Forum has produced for each Leader a video which will be streamed daily on the four largest gay web portals and broadcast on the two largest gay television channels. Equality Forum has created a Web site (http://www.glbtHistoryMonth.com) with Leader videos, bios, bibliography, and other educational resources. Leaders are: James Baldwin Jean-Michel Basquiat Volker Beck John Boswell Ellen DeGeneres Barney Frank David Geffen Tim Gill Barbara Gittings Keith Haring James Hormel Elton John Barbara Jordan Father Mychal Judge James Kolbe Larry Kramer Leonard Matlovich Ian McKellen Harvey Milk Martina Navratilova Adrienne Rich Sylvia Rivera Bayard Rustin Lowell Selvin Andrew Sullivan Sheryl Swoopes Alan Turing Lupe Valdez Walt Whitman Oscar Wilde Phill Wilson Equality Forum is a 501(c)(3) GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum collaboratively develops and disseminates high-impact educational content in the form of documentary films, history projects, innovative initiatives and the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum.
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