American schools recognize African-American History Month and Women’s History Month. This year, for the first time, two school districts are celebrating LGBT History Month, which started seven years ago and kicked off this year on October 1.
“I want LGBT students to see their education as the diamond, their joy in their life rather than their trauma,” said Judy Chiasson (in the photo above), diversity coordinator for Los Angeles schools.
“Schools have an obligation to present the diversity of our communities,” she said. “There are many different types of families; we want all of our families to be recognized in our schools.”
But 14,000 school districts have yet to adopt LGBT month, which this year kicked off with a road dedication ceremony honoring lesbian activist Barbara Gittings in her hometown of Philadelphia. A red sign heralding Barbara Gittings Way was placed under the name of Locust Street between 12th and 13th in the city’s “Gayborhood.”