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LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBTQIA+ History Month originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. October was chosen by Wilson as the month for the celebration because National Coming Out Day already was established as a widely known event, on October 11, the date of the Second March of Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights., In 1987, October also commemorated the first March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation by LGBT people in 1979. LGBTQIA+ History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBTQIA+.​ Read more

Famous People in LGBTQIA+ History

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera achieved legendary status in the LGBT community as one of the "street queens" who fought in the riot at the Stonewall Inn that helped launch the modern gay and transgender liberation movements. Full Bio

Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson, one of the most prominent figures in the 1969 Stonewall Riots, was a popular figure in New York City's gay and art scene, modeled for Andy Warhol, and was known as "the Mayor of Christopher Street" in Greenwich Village. Full Bio

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk was assassinated by another member of the Board. Full Bio

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin, a leader in social movements for civil rights, & socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights, was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Full Bio

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

In 1955 Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon and were part of a small group of women in San Francisco who started the first known national lesbian organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). Full Bio

Pauline Park

Pauline Park

Pauline Park co-founded the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and helped get inclusion of gender identity and expression into safe schools laws in New York State. Full Bio

Jose Sarria

José Sarria

José Sarria, a native of San Francisco and a U.S. Army veteran, is thought to be the first openly gay person in the United States to campaign for public office. Full Bio

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Full Bio

Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora

Pedro Zamora was a Cuban-American AIDS educator. As one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media (MTV's The Real World) he brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues & prejudices. Full Bio

LGBTQIA+ History Books @ MiraCosta Library

LGBTQ in the 21st Century
A Queer History of the United States
David Bowie Made Me Gay
Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked The Gay Revolution
Queer South Rising: Voices of a Contested Place
Hear Us Out! Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity

LGBTQIA+ History Films @ MiraCosta Library

Do I Sound Gay?

Do I Sound Gay? is a 2014 American documentary film by David Thorpe that explores the existence and accuracy of stereotypes about the speech patterns of gay men, and the ways in which one's degree of conformity to the stereotype can contribute to internalized homophobia.

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Indianara

The revolutionary Indianara fights with her gang for the survival of transgender people in Brazil, striving to put into practice her ideals. Nearing her 50s, she faces the attacks of her political party, suffers the advance of totalitarianism and joins forces for a last act of resistance.

Freedom to Mary Film Poster

Freedom To Marry

An award winning feature documentary that reveals the same sex marriage movement through the eyes of its leaders as they prepare for their final battle before the United States Supreme Court. This is the surprising story of one of the most successful and inspiring civil rights movement of our time.

The Times of Harvey Milk

The Times of Harvey Milk

A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.

The Academy Award-winning THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was as groundbreaking as its subject. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it's a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk's message of hope and equality to a wider audience.

Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine Film Cover

Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, the personal story of a young man's life and legacy, is a critically-acclaimed film earning 10 Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards from film festivals worldwide, including the Audience Award from the Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, Russia’s LGBT film series.

Tales of the Waria Film Cover

Tales of the Waria

Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population. It is also home to the "warias," a community of biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy.