August 2nd

Thank You Rodney Wilson

LGBT History Month would not exist without Missouri history high school teacher Rodney Wilson. In 1994, at the age of 29, he Rodney Wilsoncame out to his class. He had been teaching about the Holocaust and told his class he could have been killed for being gay had he lived during that time.

Wilson is the founder of what is now known as LGBT History Month. He and a close friend wrote proposals to advocacy groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Education Association. October was chosen because it already LGBT History Month 2

Wilson stated in an interview with The Advocate, “I looked to LGBT history for precisely the same anchors I had searched for my entire life — meaning, purpose and support. And LGBT history gave me self-confidence as a gay person and strengthened my resolve to live, as best I could, an honest, open and integrated life. It gave me a deeper sense of place and potential.”

October 1994 was recognized as the first annual LGBT History LGBT History Month 3Month and has been celebrated every year since.

2 Responses to “”

  1. Dorothy says:

    I had no idea how Gay History Month came about. Thank you for informing me about Rodney Wilson. Your website continues to educate and entertain.

  2. Wanda Baker says:

    Thanks for your comment.

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