October is GLBT History Month

It’s GLBT History Month, and what better way to kick it off than with a Texas native?! Over on its GLBT History Month Web site, Equality Forum will be presenting a GLBT icon for each day of the month, including a video, bio, downloadable images and other resources. Today’s GLBT icon is Alvin Ailey Jr., who was an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer born in Rogers, Texas. Never heard of Ailey? That’s because we don’t know our history. According to the Web site, “The GLBT community is the only community worldwide that does not learn its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. GLBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.”

After the jump, a full list of GLBT icons who’ll be honored this month, which marks the fourth year of the project.

—  John Wright