LGBTQ+ History

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LGBTQ+ Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and there’s a lot to know. In line with the Partners strategic foundation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and our core value of Respect and Care for Others, we embrace behaviors that build feelings of trust, safety, and wellbeing.

So how does knowing the history of LGBTQ+ History help us do that?

An awareness of the background and history of LGBTQ+ people helps us to:

  • Remember those world-wide who live without the rights and privileges found elsewhere
  • Provide context for today’s struggles in light of the history LGBTQ+ people
  • Encourage inclusivity and understanding in the workplace by enabling empathy
  • Examine how far we have come in the fight for equality; examine how we can do better

Why is LGBTQ+ History Month celebrated in October, instead of June with other Pride events

  • The observance was created by Rodney Wilson, a history teacher at a Missouri high school, in 1994.
  • The following year, LGBTQ+ History Month was added to the list of commemorative months in a resolution forwarded by the General Assembly of the National Education Association.
  • October was chosen as the month of observance as National Coming Out Day already existed as a holiday on October 11.
  • Also, the anniversary of the first march for gay rights in Washington took place on October 14, 1979.
  • Other notable LGBTQ+ events in October are Spirit Day on October 20 — on which the color purple is worn in solidarity with LGBTQ youth, and the tragic death anniversary of Matthew Shepard — a 21-year-old who was murdered in a hate crime on October 12, 1998.

What are some ways you can celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month?

  • Attend an event – use your favorite search engine to find a way to connect
  • Volunteer/Donate – Look for these and more with Disney VoluntEARs
    • “Drag Race Orlando” Sunday, October 9
    • “Out In Tech Leadership Training Institute” Thursday, October 13
    • “Come Out With Pride Parade – Orlando” Saturday, October 15
    • “Models of Pride – Resource Fair” Saturday, October 22
  • Education – you can learn more about LGBTQ+ history at:
  • ​​​​​​​Be an Ally – join a Disney Pride BERG & take a look at resources at Belong on The Hub
  • Try “Hello, Friends!” instead of gendered greetings like “Sir/Ma’am”

At Partners, the foundation of our culture is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Whether we are interacting with a Member, or another Partners Cast member, we want to show respect and care of others to build our community and a sense of belonging. It is important to work inclusively with all our peers to achieve our common goals with patience, acceptance and understanding. Knowing the LGBTQ+ history is an important aid in our Partners DEIB goals.

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