In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and Spirit Day (Oct. 15).
National Coming Out Day – October 11- the day for LGBT people “say your truth”
October 15 Support LGBT students – the day against anti- LGBT bullying, discrimination and invalidation
86% of LGBTQ youth said that recent politics have negatively affected their sense of well-being.
70.1% of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed.
71% of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers/ school staff because of the students gender expression.
53.3% of LGBTQ students didn’t report bullying because they doubted an intervention.
48.7% of LGBTQ students have experienced cyberbullying.
29% of LGBTQ youth have experienced homelessness, been kicked out, or run away.