Posts Tagged "LGBT History Month"
Accomplishments by the Administration and Congress on LGBT Equality
No one should rest until we have full LGBT equality. But after eight years of Republican disrespect, progress is being made. In its first term, the Obama Administration has…
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FEDERAL LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW
Janeane Garaflo talks about being asexual in her stand up comedy. There is a LOT more to this woman than comedy. Check out her website.
Asexuality is one of the orientations/identities not generally included in “gay alphabet” of LGBTQ, but don’t forget they are there and under the same umbrella as lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and trans*.
Ellen DeGeneres wears many hats. She’s a talk show host, actress, comedian, spokeswoman for various companies including Cover Girl and JCPenney (a story on its own), but for the LGBT community, she is a role model.
DeGeneres, 54, famously came out on her self-titled sitcom, “Ellen” in 1997.
Now, DeGeneres is married to Portia de Rossi, 39, and can be seen on her award-winning daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has been on the air since 2003. DeGeneres holds numerous awards and honors such as being named toForbes 100 Most Powerful Women and Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Most Powerful Entertainers, and her humanitarian efforts speak volumes. DeGeneres continuously raises awareness not only for LGBT issues such as anti-gay bullying, but for other important causes such as breast cancer and animal rights.
It was recently announced that DeGeneres will be awarded the coveted Mark Twain humor award on October 22.
LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Gilbert Baker
Thanks to Gilbert Baker, LGBT people have the rainbow flag as their symbol of pride.
"The rainbow is a part of nature and you have to be in the right place to see it,” Baker said in a June interview with CBS Chicago. “It’s beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can’t see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors. Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races and ages."
The flag’s six colors represent: life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), art (blue) and the human spirit (purple).
The Kansas-born Baker moved to San Francisco after being discharged from the Army and serving in the Vietnam War. He taught himself how to sew and began making banners for various gay events. While there, Baker met Harvey Milk, the first openly gay U.S. elected official and was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade in 1978 to design a flag that could be used year after year.
The original flag had eight stripes (it also included a hot pink stripe symbolizing sex and a indigo stripe for harmony) and a seven-stripe version also existed before the final six-stripe flag we know today was created. Now, the rainbow flag can be seen all over the world at LGBT pride parades, venues and homes.
Baker moved to New York City and is working on a book about his life and the creation of the symbolic rainbow flag.
Each day in October, which is LGBT History Month, we’ll be featuring a different LGBT icon. Check back tomorrow for a look at another incredible individual who changed history and visit our LGBT History Month Big News Page for more stories.