How to Celebrate LGBT History Month if You’re Stuck at Home

LGBT History Month is a time to honor the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community and the civil rights struggles that have helped advance equality for all people. Let’s explore the origins of this month and the ways you can observe it even if you’re at home.

Why Do We Celebrate LGBT History Month?

An American high school history teacher named Rodney Wilson established LGBT History Month in 1994 in Missouri. The month was originally selected as it included both National Coming Out Day (which had already become well-established by that point) on October 11 and the anniversary of the first LGBT-led march on Washington in 1979 (which took place on October 14).

Today, the month also observes Spirit Day, a day when individuals all throughout the country wear purple to show their support for LGBT youth. There is also a week called Ally Week, and it’s dedicated to honoring people who stand up to LGBT bullying. It also marks 20 years since the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, which led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

In its early years, the holiday was primarily celebrated by a call to action and a memorial of past events. Recently, however, LGBT History Month has grown into a nationwide initiative to celebrate and honor LGBT heroes and pioneers. Equality Forum, which works to promote LGBT rights and educate the public, has been at the forefront of this movement since 2006.

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How to Celebrate LGBT History Month at Home

You’re probably excited to march out in vigor like your proud pioneers once did to celebrate their legacy. If you’re stuck at home, don’t worry. Here are some ways you can celebrate LGBT history month without leaving your home:

Honor the legacy of the LGBTQ+ community

The goal of LGBTQ+ History Month is to shine a light on the pioneers and leaders of the LGBTQ+ community. Find out who they are by researching their beliefs and practices.

Wear your pride colors

Did you know that each of the pride flag’s colors represents something different? Red symbolizes passion, orange is for health, yellow depicts the sun, green represents the earth, blue signifies tranquility, and purple represents the soul. If you want to show your support today, wear your favorite colors or get creative with it in some other way.

Check out the local scene

There are many more activities, conferences, mini-parades, and festivities during LGBTQ+ History Month than there are during Pride Month in June, when most of the marches and joyful celebrations happen. Get involved with the community by attending events in your area.

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