WEST PALM BEACH – Last week, the Palm Beach County School Board unanimously proclaimed that the school district will commemorate LGBT History Month. The move follows the September decision of the School Board of Broward County to pass a similar resolution, making it the first major school board to do so. This month, the Los Angeles Unified School District also announced its commemoration of LGBT History Month. The three school districts represent the nation’s second, sixth, and thirteenth largest, respectively, which includes more than 1.2 million students.
LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 by Philadelphia-based Equality Forum. The remembrance features an LGBT Icon for every day in October, including a video, biography, and other educational resources, available free for download at lgbthistorymonth.com.
In 2010, the federal government recognized LGBT History Month in a ceremony led by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and last year House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a proclamation recognizing the tribute.