LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month – Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should, writes BJ Epstein for the Huffington Post. But why? February is LGBT History Month in the UK. The aim of LGBT History Month is to recognise and celebrate all the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who have contributed to society and to history, and to highlight relevant and important events and issues. Just as with Black History Month (October in the UK, February elsewhere), Women’s History Month (March), or other such heritage months (such as Jewish American Month in May in the US), LGBT History Month seeks to call attention to an often overlooked group of people.

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One Step Beyond IT

Robbie Rogers, the only surviving ‘out’ gay professional footballer, used his one-day return to Elland Road on Saturday to promote ‘Beyond IT!’ a new initiative challenging through challenging stereotypes. The fledgling not-for-profit project claims its philosophy “…is centered around moving humanity beyond the labels & stereotypes that limit us and toward our innate human dignity, value and worth. “We are …

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Resource: Queerbio.com

Resource: Queerbio.com – The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 5,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer, and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

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The GLBT Resource Guide

The empowerment of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community is driven by accurate information. Below you will find the most helpful resources on the web, all in one place. From existing organizations to media outlets, legal services, GLBT-friendly politicians and colleges, you can find everything you need to become an empowered and active member of the GLBT community

The Numbers Game

Stats via Advocate and dosomething.org
1.42-percent of GLBT people have reported that they live in an environment that is either unwelcoming or dangers
2.Youth who identify at GLBT are more than TWICE as likely to be abused by classmates than their peers.
3.FOURTEEN states in the U.S. have granted marriage equality, while 35 states currently define any marriage outside that of a man and woman as illegal.
4.NINE million Americans define themselves at GBLT, which is almost FOUR-PERCENT of the adult population.
5.The GLBT community is a racially and ethnically diverse cross-section of the American population, with 25 PERCENT of all GLBT’s identifying as being non-white.
6.20-Percent of same-sex couples and SIX-PERCENT of kids in foster care are being raised by members of the GLBT community.
7.71,000 LGB are currently serving in the military with more than 1 MILLION veterans
8.90,000 same-sex couples have been married in the U.S. and another 120,000 have formed civil unions or domestic partnerships.
9.The annual divorce rate for same-sex couples and different-sex married couples is similar — about 2%.

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US Embassy Excludes LGBT Palestinians from Israel Reception

Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women was recently invited to attend a reception hosted by the US Embassy in honor of the LGBTQI community in Israel, planned for Thursday 16th May. Enquiring about speakers at the event, Aswat learned that no Palestinian LGBTQI activists had been approached to speak, and that only Jewish Israeli campaigners were invited to speak. Aswat said: “Despite requests …

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UK Still Best Place in Europe to Be LGBT

The ILGA European LGBT Equality map for 2013 has just been released and the UK is still the best place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, scoring a whopping 77% on the scale in terms of human rights and equality. Taking account of equalities legislation, familial rights, hate crime legislation, legal gender recognition, freedom of assembly and the granting of …

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Brighton Ourstory Folds

We are very sorry to report that Brighton Ourstory, the city’s LGBT History site is closing after 24 years. Te project inspired LGBT History Month as well as local history projects in several cities around the UK. The homepage of the website says: “We are sad to announce that, after twenty-four years of searching out and telling the stories of …

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USA Top 100 Trans

We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based trans advocacy organization, have teamed up for the first-ever “Trans 100″ list. The list began as an idea by This Is H.O.W. Executive Director Antonia D’orsay, then developed in partnership with Jen Richards of We Happy Trans. A week ago, Trans 100 held …

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Tatchell Interviewed on US TV

Peter Tatchell’s hour-long interview with the New York-based TV programme, Gay USA, conducted by Andy Humm and Ann Northrop. Watch here: http://tinyurl.com/3pu45bl Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, writes: Ranging over my 44 years of LGBT and human rights activism, this Gay USA interview includes discussions about my involvement in the gay liberation movement four decades ago, the attempted …

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