June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as 'Gay Pride Day,' but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the 'day' soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events." (Source: Library of Congress, LGBT Pride Month:https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/ )
October is LGBTQ+ History Month. Started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, to encourage "the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. . . They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month." (Source: LGBTQ History Month: https://lgbthistorymonth.com/background)
"The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions." (Source: LGBTQ History Month: https://lgbthistorymonth.com/background)
The OCC Libraries welcome you to explore this guide's resources honoring the history and achievements made by members of the LGBTQ+ Community!