LGBT History is Hidden in Plain Sight
… and we’ll show you! October is LGBT History Month and the Project is connecting the present and the past on our social media channels. Follow all month long to learn about the LGBT history embedded within the sites you walk by every day!
Victor’s Cafe, then and now, featuring mural by gay Cuban artist
Arturo Martin Garcia,on the Upper West Side
Origins in Education
LGBT History Month was established in 1994 when a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson, recognized an omission of LGBT history from the cirriculum, and a general lack of awareness from young people. Together, Wilson, his fellow teachers and community leaders selected October as a month for which to shine a light on the contributions of LGBT indivdiuals to American history. (more)
Why October? Across the country, public schools are in session and can engage with content developed specifically on this subject. And, importantly, existing traditions such as National Coming Out Day (October 11th) occur this month.
The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is an educational resource for everyone, whether you’re walking the City and curious about its LGBT history, or an educator seeking to bring this important American history into the classroom. We’re proud of our work with the NYC Department of Education and will continue to uncover the invisible history of LGBT people in New York, and to share it with the largest number of people possible!
Let’s Go Exploring
All you need is Instagram to join us on mini-tours of LGBT history this month. Follow us at @nyclgbtsites and watch for capsule collections of LGBT historic sites inspired by our tours on the VAMONDE app.