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 came 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
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 Month and has been celebrated every year since.