Founded in 1994 by the first openly gay public-school teacher in Missouri, Rodney Wilson, LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated during the month of October in the United States. The month of October was chosen by Wilson to commemorate the first and second LGBT marches on Washington, which took place in October of 1979 and 1987. The month also coincides with National Coming Out Day, October 11.
LGBTQ+ History Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ community members, in general, and specifically within the College. Stories from members of our community, as well as famous people in STEM, can be found on the A&GS DEI website.
LGBTQ+ individuals are under constant attack by laws, both proposed and enacted, in this state and across the country. Here in the College of A&GS, we are striving to make this a more diverse and inclusive space. We stand with and support the LGBTQ+ members of our A&GS community.
We encourage our community members to take time this month to learn more about LGBTQ+ history; more information can be found below.
As part of our programming for this month, we will be discussing sharing pronouns in the office, and reading a first-person narrative account of living with epilepsy during the Oct. 19th Common Read. We hope you will join us, and participate in this simple step toward creating a more aware and inclusive workplace.
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To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, A&GS has organized several events and resources for LGBTQ+ people and others to engage with:
- Stories of famous LGBTQ+ people in STEM & Beyond
- Stories from LGBTQ+ community members within our own A&GS family
- Links to LGBTQ+ resources
- AGS, NWC, SOM, and DGES social media accounts
We hope you will join us in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ+ people in A&GS and beyond.
A&GS Social Media Accounts