LGBT History Month 2011

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Pedro Zamora

LGBT History Month profile: AIDS Activist, Pedro Zamora

Monday, October 31, 2011
Pedro Zamora was an AIDS activist who appeared on MTV’s reality series “The Real World.” As the first openly gay and openly HIV-positive person on a television series, he brought national attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
Virginia Woolf

LGBT History Month profile: Accomplished 20th century English novelist Virginia Woolf

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Virginia Woolf was an accomplished 20th century English novelist and one of the founders of the modernist movement. She published nearly 500 essays and nine novels. [ Read more → ]
Lilli Vincenz

LGBT History Month profile: Pioneering gay rights activist Lilli Vincenz

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lilli Vincenz is a pioneering gay rights activist. In 1965, she was the only lesbian to participate in the first White House picket. From 1965 to 1969, Vincenz demonstrated each Fourth of July in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. These protests, called Annual Reminders, launched the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Actress and Comedian Wanda Sykes

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wanda Sykes is an Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor praised for being one of the most entertaining women of her generation. She was the first African-American and first openly gay master of ceremonies for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [ Read more → ]
Amanda Simpson

LGBT History Month profile: Amanda Simpson, first openly transgender presidential appointee

Friday, October 28, 2011
Amanda Simpson is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in the U.S. Department of Defense. She is the first openly transgender female presidential appointee. [ Read more → ]
Dan Savage

LGBT History Month profile: Political commentator, journalist Dan Savage

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dan Savage is an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. He launched the “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Award-winning creator of ‘Glee,’ Ryan Murphy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Ryan Murphy is an award-winning film and television director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the television series “Glee.” [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Youth Activist Constance McMillen

Monday, October 24, 2011
Constance McMillen became a poster child for LGBT rights after asking permission to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her school responded by cancelling the prom, McMillen took legal action. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Championship tennis player Amélie Mauresmo

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Amélie Mauresmo was the World No. 1 tennis player. She won 25 career titles including two Grand Slams. In 2004, she received an Olympic Silver medal in tennis singles. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: first out former-NFL player Dave Kopay

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Dave Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he became the first NFL payer and one of the first professional athletes to come out. His autobiography, now in its fifth printing, was a New York Times best seller. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Grammy award-winning artist Ricky Martin

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Ricky Martin is a Grammy Award-winning pop singer. A professional entertainer since childhood, Martin has sold more than 60 million albums. [ Read more → ]
Victoria Kolakowski

LGBT History Month profile: Victoria Kolakowski, first openly transgender U.S. trial judge

Friday, October 21, 2011
Victoria Kolakowski is the first openly transgender person to be elected a trial judge in the United States. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Australia Supreme Court Justice Michael Kirby

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Michael Kirby is a former justice of the High Court of Australia. He is the world’s first openly gay justice of a national supreme court. When he retired, he was Australia’s longest-serving judge. [ Read more → ]
David Kato

LGBT History Month profile: David Kato, founder of Uganda gay rights movement

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
David Kato was the founder of Uganda’s LGBT civil rights movement. He was an outspoken advocate for equality in a country with some of the harshest anti-gay laws. His murder brought global attention to the plight of LGBT people in Uganda and Africa. [ Read more → ]
Frida Kahlo

LGBT History Month profile: Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

Monday, October 17, 2011
Frida Kahlo is a renowned Mexican painter, noted for her vibrant colors as well as nationalist and feminist themes. Her paintings have commanded higher prices than any other female artist. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Langston Hughes, celebrated poet and novelist

Sunday, October 16, 2011
A celebrated poet and novelist, Langston Hughes is one of the most significant voices to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. A major contributor to American literature, his legacy includes 25 published works. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Hero in Tucson shootings, Daniel Hernandez

Saturday, October 15, 2011
University of Arizona student and congressional intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. garnered national recognition when he saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. President Obama acknowledged him for his heroism. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris

Friday, October 14, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris is an award-winning television, film and stage actor. Starting at age 16, he has forged an enduring career as a performer in Hollywood and on Broadway. [ Read more → ]
Michael Guest

LGBT History Month profile: Michael Guest, first Senate-confirmed U.S. ambassador

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Michael Guest is the first openly gay Senate-confirmed U.S. ambassador. He was nominated by George W. Bush. After serving for 26 years, Guest resigned from the State Department due to its discriminatory policies toward same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Lady Gaga

LGBT History Month profile: Singer and performance artist Lady Gaga

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Lady Gaga is a world-famous performance artist and singer. She is best known for her chart-topping singles and outrageous costumes. She has had three consecutive best-selling albums and one of the highest-grossing tours. [ Read more → ]
Denise Eger

LGBT History Month profile: Rabbi Denise Eger

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
One of the first openly gay rabbis, Denise Eger served as rabbi for the world’s first gay and lesbian synagogue. She is the first female and the first openly gay president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. [ Read more → ]
Alan Cumming

LGBT History Month profile: Award-winning actor Alan Cumming

Monday, October 10, 2011
Alan Cumming is an award-winning film, television and stage actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television series, as well as major theatrical productions in London and on Broadway. [ Read more → ]
Aaron Copeland

LGBT History Month profile: Composer, conductor Aaron Copland

Sunday, October 9, 2011
Aaron Copland was a world-renowned composer, teacher, writer and conductor. He was a key figure in forming the early 20th century American style of music and composition. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT History Month profile: Activist, Iraq War veteran Lt. Dan Choi

Saturday, October 8, 2011
Lt. Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran and Arabic linguist. He was the nation’s leading activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). [ Read more → ]
Rita Mae Brown

LGBT History Month profile: Author, screenwriter Rita Mae Brown

Friday, October 7, 2011
An author and screenwriter, Rita Mae Brown is best known for her semi-autobiographical lesbian-themed novel, “Rubyfruit Jungle.” She is a groundbreaking activist for lesbian and civil rights. [ Read more → ]
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