By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — October is LGBT History Month, and individuals and organizations are invited to explore an online trove of information about distinguished members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“LGBT History Month celebrates members of our community who have made a distinguished contribution in their field of endeavor, been a national hero,” says Equality Forum Executive Director Malcolm Lazin, “or have made major contributions to LGBT civil rights.”
Lazin notes each day celebrates a different icon.
“Truman Capote, Chris Colfer, Marlene Dietrich, Jodie Foster, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook,” he says.
The videos, bios and other resources can be found at LGBTHistorymonth.com. Lazin says you can also search by tag.
“If you wanted to find all of the African Americans, or transgender, or military heroes, or sports heroes, or authors,” he says, “they’re all on that site.”
Lazin says the effort is an attempt to educate, and inspire.
“The gay community is the only minority community worldwide that’s not taught its history at home, public school, or religious institution,” he says.
But the effort’s gaining traction. This year, the Broward County School District in Florida is the first in the country to observe LGBT History Month.