LGBTQ+ History Month

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LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in the United States from October 1 to October 31 and corresponds with National Coming Out Day on October 11. It also coincides with the first and second historic marches on Washington for LGBTQ+ rights in October 1979 and 1987. "LGBTQ+"  represents the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans+, and Queer communities. The "+" provides greater visibility to identities that are not represented in the acronym. 

Recognizing that the month of October provides an intersection of cultural observances and celebrations, the following are also celebrated in October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Indigenous Peoples Day on October 10, and the latter portion of National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

While this page is the result of a collaborative effort, it is not a comprehensive resource. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore other resources and to feel free to share those that may add to the richness of this page. Please feel free to email any insights to [email protected].

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Please refer to the Campus Docket and Engage for the most up-to-date event information

Stetson Law Events:

LGBTQ+ History Month Flag Raising
October 27, 2023│ 12 pm-12:15 pm│The Horseshoe

This event is open to students, staff, families, friends, guests, and children!

Transgender Awareness Week
November 13-17, 2023│ Time varies│Location Varies | Please RSVP through Engage

Transgender Awareness Week Flag Raising Ceremony
November 13, 2023│ 12 pm-12:15 pm│The Horseshoe | Please RSVP through Engage

Local Events:

34th annual Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival  
October 5-8, 2023│ Time varies│Locations vary in Tampa | Learn more here

Transcending Hate: National Virtual Town Hall
St. Pete Pride | Capital Consulting Group | Blaque/Out Magazine
November 20, 2023│ 6 pm │Online | Free | RSVP Here


Milestone LGBT Civil Rights Cases
Library of Congress
A resource guide for landmark LGBT Civil Rights Cases in the United States

The History of the Pride Symbol
The Smithsonian

Learn about why a rainbow became a universal Pride symbol 

The LGBTQ+ Movement from the 1800s to 2018

Reflect on LGBTQ+ History from the 1800s to 2018 (AARP, 2018)

‘We’re Asians, Gay & Proud’: The Story Behind The Photo | NBC Asian America

LGBTQ+ Civil Rights History

A Brief History of the Path to Securing LGBTQ+ Rights
American Bar Association
Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month by learning about the journey to secure rights for LGBTQ+ Americans

LGBTQ+ Pioneers and Advocates

LGBTQ+ Community Advocates
American Bar Association
A highlight of a few LGBTQ+ advocates who have made significant impacts on our society

Diversify your Bookshelf

Books to Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month
New York Public Library
Celebrate LGBTQ+ stories and authors


LGBTQ+ History
The Smithsonian
An online collection that explores LGBTQ+ American history 


Stetson Law Resources

Stetson Law's Lambda Legal Society- Learn about Lambda
Stetson Law's LGBTQ+ Activities and Support - Learn more
Stetson University's LGBT Student Organization - Kaleidoscope

Tampa Bay Resources

Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber - Learn more
St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - LGBT Businesses Resource Guide
Metro Inclusive Health - Learn more

National Resources

The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association - Learn more