October is LGBT History Month and there are many local opportunities to explore that history. In what has become an annual tradition for the past several years, Spencer Pride has assembled educational displays that are being featured at rural public libraries throughout South Central Indiana. For the first time, we are also announcing a special LGBT History Month Contest to coincide with the library displays.
The tradition of LGBT History Month educational displays began with just one library – the Owen County Public Library in downtown Spencer. For two years we were proud to promote the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons at that library. Last year, in an effort to expand our rural outreach, we were able to coordinate the displays to appear in 8 rural libraries. This year, we’re proud to expand to a total of 9 libraries in several surrounding counties.
This year’s display features a timeline of LGBT Civil Rights in America, biographies on 12 living LGBT icons, and suggested books for further reading on the same topics. The biographies were taken from the list of LGBT Icons selected for LGBT History Month by the Equality Forum. Equality Forum has created a video for each of the 31 icons that will be featured each day during the month of October. You can access these videos by going towww.SpencerPride.org and visiting our special LGBT History Month page.
LGBT History Month Contest
In an effort to promote our public library displays this year, we are proud to announce that we are going to be having a contest. The public is encouraged to visit their local library and have their photo taken next to our educational display for LGBT History Month.
Individuals can then e-mail the photos to HistoryContest@SpencerPride.orgalong with contact information. Each of the photos will be placed in a drawing and one winner will be randomly drawn on November 1st. This winner will receive a special prize package including at least $50.00 in gift cards to local South Central Indiana establishments.
Individuals can submit one photo for each library display that they visit during October. There are 9 library displays and therefore 9 chances for individuals to get an entry submitted to the contest just by visiting the participating libraries.
There will also be a special LGBT History Month display at our upcoming Bullied Film Screening and Community Dialogue on October 5th. This will offer a special 10th opportunity for individuals to enter the special contest. The photos can include more than one person (couples, groups, etc.) and can count as an entry for each person in the photo, assuming that appropriate contact information is submitted for each individual photographed.
For further information about the library displays or the contest, please contact Jonathan at info@SpencerPride.org.