Bowser declares October 2021 'LGBTQ History Month' in DC

Bowser declares October 2021 'LGBTQ History Month' in DC
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D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserDC homicide level highest since 2003 Pentagon watchdog raises questions over retired DC Guard commander's account of Jan. 6 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House Democrats eye big vote on Biden measure MORE (D) on Thursday declared October 2021 as LGBTQ History Month in D.C. to "showcase the fight for dignity and equality for LGBTQ people."

LGBTQ History Month is an unofficial annual observance of the community's history that first began in the 1990s in the U.S.

It differs from LGBTQ Pride Month, which takes place in June and has been officially recognized by a presidential proclamation since 1999.

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In her proclamation, Bowser cited the need to honor the "historic trials, obstacles and sacrifices that the LGBTQ community has endured."

"Washington, DC's Office of LGBTQ Affairs is committed to promote understanding of the needs of LGBTQ adults and youths nationwide," her proclamation read. "LGBTQ history month is an opportunity to showcase the fight for dignity and equality for LGBTQ people as well as the tireless work of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society.

The observance of LGBTQ History Month was first begun by Missouri high school teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994. October was chosen because Coming Out Day is observed Oct. 11.

Since 1995, the General Assembly of the National Education Association has included LGBT history month in its list of commemorative months.