Gay History Month begins Friday, October 1 with a new and stimulating look this year-starting each day with familiar, and not-so-familiar, gay faces from our past and present. The remarkable stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will be presented on-line in a special, month-long celebration sponsored by Gay.com and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
To visit the site and read the daily profiles, the web address is www.gay.com. Each profile will be easily accessible through a link on the Gay.com home page promoting "GLBT History Month," and with links to GLAAD's homepage.
Starting with Sappho on Friday, October 1 and finishing with Edith Head- with Barney Frank, Bayard Ruskin and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others, in between-visitors to the popular Gay.com website will learn about and enjoy glimpses of many of the world's most interesting, accomplished and notable GLBT individuals. Each of the brief profiles includes an engaging thumbnail bio and image of the individual, while often recommending links for more background and biographical detail.
"Our on-line community is foremost about people," said Mark Elderkin, co-founder of Gay.com and President of Online Partners, which developed the Gay.com Network. "Our mission is to touch lives, and that includes connecting with our heroes, icons, and role models. The Internet offers global education, and makes our invisible history visible-and very real. We've developed these portraits as a special salute to GLAAD in its mission to make gay history accessible to all."
Joan M. Garry, Executive Director of GLAAD, added, "Our history as a community is one of our most valuable-and often unknown-resources. GLAAD believes Gay History Month will serve as an educational platform to speak honestly and engagingly to anyone interested in knowing more about us. Joining with Gay.com is a great way to share these life stories with millions."
How did Gay.com ever choose 31 individuals from hundreds of possibilities? It's never easy. Beginning with nearly unlimited choices, the producers of Gay.com narrowed their list to 200 potential biographies-and balancing dozens of characteristics and considerations, the final 31 notables were painstakingly compiled. Elderkin confessed that "no list will ever be perfect," but Gay.com did not aim for a "perfect" list-just one that accurately reflects gay lives.
"If we do our jobs right," Elderkin concluded, "every day, we will start at least one person thinking about the ways that gay people have improved lives, shaped thought and even changed the world. That is a lasting contribution."
Gay.com Gay History Month Profiles