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NLGJA continues to celebrate LGBT history month: Randy Shilts

Randy Shilts was among the first to cover HIV and AIDS.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is celebrating LGBT History Month in October with a weekly profile of individuals who have made contributions to advancing NLGJA's mission of promoting fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people. 

Today, NLGJA celebrates LGBTQ pioneer Randy Shilts, who was inducted into NLGJA's LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame in 2005.

Meet LGBT History Month icon Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith is the first out lesbian general in the U.S. Army. She was named a brigadier general in 2012 and formally promoted during a ceremony at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She became the commanding general of the 98th Training Division.

Meet LGBT History Month icon Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was a British-born physician and best-selling author who specialized in neurology. He spent most of his professional life in the United States. The New York Times called him “the poet laureate of medicine.” 

Meet LGBT History Month icon Ellen Page

Ellen Page is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian actress who has starred in “Juno,” “Inception,” “To Rome With Love” and the X-Men series. She has won nominations from BAFTA, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, as well as a Teen Choice Award. 

Meet LGBT History Month icon James Obergefell

A Cincinnati resident, Obergefell married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013. Arthur was terminally ill with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Obergefell filed a lawsuit to force their home state of Ohio to recognize him as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate.

Meet LGBT History Month icon Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a New York Times best-selling author, television host and transgender advocate. She hosts a weekly online series on MSNBC.com called “So POPular” and is the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project created to empower transgender women around the world. She came out publicly as transgender in 2011 and was featured in Marie Claire magazine. 

Meet LGBT History Month icon Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally is an award-winning American playwright whose career spans five decades. His work, which delves into themes of family, war, sexuality and religion, has earned him four Tony Awards. 

Tony the Tiger is against bullying LGBTQ youth

Iconic Kellogg characters go purple for Spirit Day

Tony the Tiger and the Rice Krispies Elves are making history today as their respective brands from Kellogg’s go purple in a partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to officially sponsor Spirit Day 2016.

Meet LGBT History Month icon Kay Lahusen

Gittings (L) and Lahusen (R) were instrumental in the early public gay civil rights movements.

Kay Lahusen, also known as Kay Tobin Lahusen and Kay Tobin, is the first openly lesbian photojournalist in America. She was among the first women to chronicle and participate in the early gay rights movement. Her photographs appeared on the covers of some of the first LGBT publications in the nation, including The Ladder and Gay Newsweekly. 

Meet LGBT History Month icon Jim Kepner

Jim Kepner was a pioneering journalist who helped chronicle the modern American gay rights movement. His research led to the creation of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the oldest LGBT history collection in the United States.