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.
Father Mychal Judge
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.
SOURCE Equality Forum