LGBT History Month was first celebrated in 1994. LGBT History Month was first proposed by Rodney Wilson, the first out Missouri Public School teacher. Wilson's rationale behind selecting October as LGBT History Month was to honor National Coming Out Day (October 11) which was first celebrated in 1988 as well as the 1979 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Unique to our Champaign-Urbana community is that the first national planning meeting for the 1979 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place within our community! The 1979 coordinating meeting was organized by Jeff Graubart.
Currently, LGBT History Month is celebrated annually and has been adopted by many nations around the globe. We dedicate our 2022 LGBT History month to all of our LGBTQIA+, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming Illini Community!