First celebrated in 1994, when high school teacher, Rodney Wilson, brought together a group of individuals and organizations to pay tribute to the history of gay rights and civil rights movements. The group, which included the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), selected October to align with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988, to commemorate the first march in Washington, D.C., in 1979, where gay, lesbian and bisexuals marched for equal rights. Today, the day is celebrated with rallies, information sessions, local events, and parades across the United States.
LGBT History Month encourages honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bixsexual, or transgendered. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June 2000, Gay & Lesbian Pride Month, and President Barack Obama declared June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
Widely celebrated across the United States, LGBT History Month is an important event to remember the struggles the gay community has faced, and serves as a reminder of the work that must continue to ensure equality, rights, and freedoms for all in the United States, and across the globe.
Canada does not officially celebrate LGBT History Month, however, it is observed. In the United Kingdom, LGBT History Month is recognized in February, which coincides with the abolition of Section 28 in 2005.
In honour of LGBT History Month, raise a glass of one of the most gay-friendly cocktails, the Cosmopolitan, and pay tribute to those who have stood up for equality, rights and freedoms, and take a personal pledge to do your part to ensure equality for all.
- 2 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- ¾ oz Cranberry Juice
- ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add all ingredients. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh orange peel twist.
In honour of LGBT History Month, Stolichnaya Vodka, who is a big supporter of the LGBT community around the world, is giving HomoCulture.ca readers the opportunity to win a cool Stoli prize-package, including a Stoli Pride t-shirt and barware package.
To enter, leave a comment on this blog post, pledging what you will do to support LGBT equality.
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Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Friday, October 10, 2014. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Monday, October 13, 2014. Read the complete contest rules.