Progress in the LGBTQ+ Community

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Elyssa Veluz, Staff Writer

Founded by Rodney Wilson, the LGBTQ+ month which is acknowledged in October has started. This month-long commemoration is celebrated in October to honor coming out day, held on October 11, and the first march for LGBTQ+ rights that was held on October 4, 1979. The LGBTQ+ community has come a long way since it first started as many who are part of it suffered discrimination, bullying, and hate for being who they were. 

As years progressed, treatment for those that are part of the community became better but there are still people who are not open to other genders aside from males or females. Some contemporary and iconic people who shaped the LGBTQ+ community are Harvey Milk, Gilbert Baker, Audre Lorde, and Bill Thom. Harvey Milk was the very first gay politician to be elected in California and somone who used his voice to speak out on gay rights. Gilbert Baker was the designer for the rainbow flag that we know today for the LGBTQ+ community. Audre Lorde, a lesbian poet, spent her life addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. Finally, Bill Thom, launched lambda legal to help the LGBTQ+ community fight for equal rights. These 5 people are only some of the multiple of those who have shaped the community today. 

The LGBTQ+ history month is so important because it shows the world how far we have come. Of course there will always be prejudices towards the LGBTQ+ community; however, compared to the past, the present is one step closer to a better future. LGBTQ+ history month also allows the members to feel included, loved, and accepted. All in all, knowing a little bit about the community is crucial to those who are questioning as we can continue to support them even with a little bit of information.