LGBT History Month at AC Library
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LGBT History Month at AC Library

Written by Library in Library Blog on October 8, 2021

What is LGBT History Month?

 
LGBT History month was started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson in Missouri, USA. Rodney thought that there should be a month dedicated to LGBT history since the LGBT community is often forgotten when teaching history at home and in school. October was selected because it coincided with National Coming Out Day on October 11th. The month has been endorsed by GLADD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and many other national organizations.

The month is meant to highlight and celebrate the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. According to GLAAD, “during the early years, the celebration was largely marked by a call to action and commemoration. But since then, LGBT History Month has blossomed into a national coordinated effort to highlight exemplary role models from the LGBT community. Since 2006, the push has so far been led by LGBT rights and education organization Equality Forum.

(Lee, J. M., 2021)

Learn more

Alexander College Library has created an LGBTQ Studies Guide, which provides books, eBooks, free online courses, and other resources for AC students to explore and learn. Check out the guide below for more information.

LGBTQ2 terminology is continuously evolving, but the Government of Canada has put out this guide of common acronyms and terms as a starting point to understanding LGBTQ2 identities and issues. Check out the guide below for more information.

The Canadian Encyclopedia has created a resource of important events related to the LGBTQ2S community in Canada. Check out the website below for more information.

LGBT Organizations and Resources in BC

Qmunity:
Qmunity is BC’s queer, trans, and two-spirit resource centre. This non-profit organization provides counselling, support groups, and education for the BC LGBTQIA2S community. They have volunteering opportunities and accept donations so they can provide their life-changing programming and services.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival:
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival provides a platform for LGBTQIA2S people to celebrate and share their art through filmmaking. They host a Queer Film Festival every August in Vancouver, BC.

Rainbow Refugee:
Rainbow Refugee is a group that “supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.”

HiM:
HiM (Health Initiative for Men) provides a wide spectrum of health-based programming and services for GBQ men and gender diverse people in BC. Some services they help provide are testing, counselling, harm reduction and events and workshops.

Materials Available at Alexander College Library

We have a number of materials available at Alexander College Library to check out if you are interested in supporting a LGBTQIA2S creator and want to learn more about the LGBTQIA2S community. Stop by the Library to check out our display of materials for borrowing, make a pride flag button, or ask about our digital resources!

References:

Equality Form. (2021). About LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month. https://lgbthistorymonth.com/background

Lee, J. M. (2021, June 1). Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June and LGBT History Month in October? UCF Today. https://www.ucf.edu/news/why-do-we-celebrate-pride-month-in-june-and-lgbt-history-month-in-october/

Rainbow Refugee. (2021). Support and Advocacy with LGBTQ+ Refugees. https://www.rainbowrefugee.com/

Cover Image: Sharon McCutcheon, January 16 2018, photograph, unsplash, https://unsplash.com/photos/MIb2S5z8VJo


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