LGBT History Month


LGBT History Month originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Among early supporters and members of the first coordinating committee were Kevin Jennings of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Kevin Boyer of Gerber/Hart Gay and Lesbian Library and Archives in Chicago; Paul Varnell, writer for the Windy City Times; Torey Wilson, Chicago area teacher; Johnda Boyce, women’s studies major at Columbus State University and Jessea Greenman of UC-Berkeley. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on. In 1995, the National Education Association indicated support of LGBT History Month as well as other history months by resolution at its General Assembly.

Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of LGBT community at Duke. Sacred Worth ( exists to serve the Duke Divinity School community by increasing awareness of LGBT people in the church. All members of the community are invited to participate, and the group seeks to promote understanding about homosexuality in the church through various opportunities for discussion and dialogue. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity strives to create an exceptional experience for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. Through its services, the Center encourages critical thinking about the intellectual, cultural, and political ramifications of sexual and gender diversity at Duke and beyond.

Visit the display just outside the Baker Methodist Room, grab a brochure, and start your research on LGBT History with this library guide