Celebrate Diversity
A Progress Pride flag and rainbow flags are seen at the Stonewall National Monument, the first US national monument dedicated to LGBTQ history and rights, marking the birthplace of the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights movement, on June 1, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Celebrate Diversity

October is LGBTQ History Month, a 31-day celebration to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer achievement and influence on the world and a time to learn more about the history of LGBTQ rights.

Centering around National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, LGBTQ History Month was first celebrated in the United States in 1994.

It all started when Missouri high school teacher Rodney Wilson decided there should be a month dedicated to learning about LGBTQ history, gathering teachers and leaders in the community. They selected October to coincide with the academic year as well as Coming Out Day.

LGBTQ history is American history.