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LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month was created in 1994 by a high school history teacher in Missouri called Rodney Wilson. The month, which garnered early support from organizations such as GLAAD and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), was initially chosen to include the by-then well-established¬†National Coming Out Day¬†on Oct. 11 and the anniversary of the¬†first march on Washington¬†by LGBT people in 1979 on Oct. 14. The month now also includes¬†Spirit Day¬†on Oct. 20, on which people around the country wear purple in support of LGBT youth;Ally¬†Week, a week in which¬†allies against LGBT bullying are celebrated;¬†and the¬†anniversary¬†of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard’s murder on Oct. 12, 1998, which sparked the¬†Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.¬† (Source:¬†