PHILADELPHIA -- Equality Forum has announced its roundup of 2012 LGBT History Month icons.
Each day in October, the organization celebrates the month by spotlighting one LGBT individual -- past or present -- that has made notable contributions to the community and society.
The program includes photos, video, biographical material and other educational resources that can be viewed and shared online. As it has done for the last two years, SDGLN will share these icons each day in our Causes section, starting Oct. 1.
“The 217 Icons, including the 31 Icons for 2012, demonstrate the impressive and diverse international impact of the LGBT community,” said Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month and Executive Director of Equality Forum.
The full list of icons for 2012 includes:
Roberta Achtenberg – Government
Gloria Anzaldua – Author
Ann Bannon – Author
Katherine Lee Bates – “America the Beautiful” Songwriter
Mary Bonauto – Lawyer
Glenn Burke – Athlete
Paul Cadmus – Artist
Truman Capote – Novelist
Chris Colfer – Actor
Kate Clinton – Comedian
Ramon Cortines – Educator
Marlene Dietrich – Actor
Jodie Foster – Actor/Director
Jean Paul Gaultier – Designer
Henry Gerber – Activist
Billy Haines – Actor
Mary Kay Henry – Labor Activist
Chris Hughes – Facebook Co-founder
Christine Jorgensen – Transgender Pioneer
Arthur Laurents – Playwright/Director
Don Lemon – News Anchor
Federico Garcia Lorca – Poet
Irshad Manji – Muslim Reformist
Katherine Miller – Activist
Holly Near – Singer
RuPaul – Entertainer
Pierre Seel – Holocaust Hero
Billy Strayhorn – Composer
Jon Stryker – Philanthropist
Tom Waddell – Gay Games Founder
The Rev. Robert Wood – Gay Pioneer
Icons are nominated by organizations and the public and are selected by the LGBT History Month Co-chairs and approved by the Equality Forum Board of Directors. The LGBT History Month 2012 Co-chairs are Professor George Chauncey, Chair, History & American Studies Department, Yale University, and Professor Sue Rankin, Education and LGBT Studies, Penn State University.
Check back to SDGLN the coming weeks for more information about LGBT History Month. More information is also available HERE.