Besides being the month of Halloween, fall break and National Coming Out Day, October is also known as LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month was started in 1994 by a high school history teacher and has been celebrated in October in the United States and other months around the world.
The LGBT Center is currently displaying panels from the Philadephia Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Additionally, their website features a different figure from LGBT history each day of this month.
The LGBT Center also has a history exhibit about Penn’s LGBTQ community and its connection to the city of Philadelphia, arranged chronologically and spanning four decades. It is a part of the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminder Days — commemorating some of the earliest gay rights protests — which will be up until after Homecoming.
On Oct. 28, there will be an LGBTQA town hall meeting regarding the Association of American Universties' Campus Climate Survey and how it pertains to Penn’s LGBTQ community, providing a forum for questions and discussion, along with having counselors from CAPS there for support.
JBagel is hosting an event at the LGBT Center on Oct. 16 called LGBTQ+ Leadership in Israel: A Talk with Etai Pinkas, co-sponsored with Israel@Penn, Penn Israel Sector and the Penn LGBT Center among others.
Penn's Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia, while not having completely planned out the rest of their month, hosted a run from campus to Big Gay Ice Cream on Oct. 4, combining a love of sports with the LGBT community.
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