Nominate Your GLBT History Month Icons for 2011

A great big thanks to all who participated in October’s GLBT History Month celebration! Your insight into the 31 GLBT icons was fascinating and much appreciated. It seems appropriate, then, that you should have a hand in picking next year’s GLBT History Month icons. Here’s how you can get involved.

Whether you would like to highlight a GLBT icon of faith, or would request a greater focus on historically important gender variant figures, or any other ideas for future icons you might have, Equality Forum is waiting to hear from you:

Nominate an Icon for GLBT History Month 2011.

Equality Forum is accepting nominations for GLBT History Month 2011 Icons. Submit your nomination(s) to by Friday, December 17, 2010.

The nominee needs to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person, living or deceased, who has distinguished him or herself in their field of endeavor, is a national hero, or has made a significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. For examples of past Icons, visit the archives at for the list of 155 Icons from 2006-2010.

GLBT History Month Co-Chairs, Professor Katherine Sender, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Professor Kenji Yoshino, New York University School of Law, review all nominations and recommend 31 Icons to the Equality Forum Board of Directors. The 31 Icons for GLBT History Month 2011 will be announced at the International Equality Dinner at the National Constitution Center on Saturday, April 30th at Equality Forum 2011.

“Around the globe, GLBT History Month has been embraced in high schools, colleges, social networking sites, workplaces, and by community organizations. For middle schoolers to senior citizens, GLBT History Month features roles models, teaches our history, provides narratives and inspires our movement. Shape GLBT History Month 2011 by nominating an Icon.”

                         — Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum.

Review This Year’s GLBT History Month Icons

Below is a list of this year’s GLBT History Month icons with links to the individual posts about them from over the past month:

1. Eric Alva – Hero/Activist
2. George Washington Carver – Scientist
3. George Eastman -  Father of Modern Photography
4. Sharon Farmer – White House Photographer
5. Leslie Feinberg – Author/Activist
6. Tom Ford – Fashion Designer/Filmmaker
7. E. Lynn Harris – Author
8. David Huebner – Ambassador to New Zealand
9. Kevin Jennings – Educator
10. Mara Keisling – Transgender Activist
11. Kiyoshi Kuromiya – Author/AIDS Activist
12. Sharon J. Lubinski – U.S. Marshal
13. Jane Lynch – Actress
14. Patsy Lynch – Photographer
15. Matthew Mitcham – Olympic Diver
16. Jamie Nabozny – Youth Activist
17. Cynthia Nixon – Actress
18. Catherine Opie – Photographer
19. Sunil Babu Pant – Nepalese Politician
20. Annise Parker – Mayor of Houston
21. John A. Pérez – Speaker of the California General Assembly
22. Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady
23. Jalal al-Din Rumi – Sufi Mystic/Poet
24. David Sedaris – Writer/Humorist
25. Maurice Sendak – Author/Illustrator
26. Matthew Shepard – Emblem of Persecuted Gay Youth
27. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir – Prime Minister of Iceland
28. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Composer
29. Rufus Wainwright – Singer/Songwriter
30. Mel White – Minister/Activist
31. Emanuel Xavier – Poet

Take a Look at Past GLBT History Month Icons

October marked the 5th Annual GLBT History Month. If you would like to find out more about the entire list of 155 icons, including Alan Turing, Sylvia Rivera and Virginia Uribe, please click here for bios, educational videos and more.

And please, if you do choose to nominate a GLBT History Month icon, let us know who you’ve chosen and why in the comments section below.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Too bad I missed the deadline but I'll do better next time! Thanks for the information on all the fantastic people featured in 2010!

Harry T.
Harry T.5 years ago

26. Matthew Shepard - Emblem of Persecuted Gay Youth

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

Info noted. Thank-you

Allan Y.
.5 years ago

Absolutely, David Huebner. A person with this amount of political exposure, deserves to be applauded.

David M.
David M.5 years ago

If this were open to non-American candidates, I'd have to include our Irish Senator David Norris. He fought to get homosexuality decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland and when even the Supreme Court denied him his natural human rights, he enlisted the help of Mary Robinson as his lawyer for an appeal to the European Supreme Court and won. Now he is leading the voting polls for our next President. If he wins election to the Presidency, it would be an enormous powerful message that a person's natural sexual orientation is no longer a barrier to any position in Ireland.

Tori W.
Past Member 5 years ago

thanks. i thought the selections this past month were great.

Paula M.
Paula M.5 years ago

"Let's move on"? And forget about it? While we are at it... Let's forget about the abused, abandoned, neglected... Let's forget about the hungry, the dying, the sick... Let's forget the war, genocide, and the displaced... Let's forget the poor, the forgotten, societal injusticies... "they're just people".

Forget that. We can't move on until there is nothing left to care about. For those that care, keep it in the forefront. Oct is over but the causes we care for are not. Do not move on.

Barbara T.
Barbara T.5 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Kathleen W.
Kathleen W.5 years ago