LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States. This month is celebratory of significant points in the history of the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ History Month was founded in 1994 by Missouri teacher Rodney Wilson.

National Coming Out Day occurs annually on October 11th.

Spirit Day began in 2010 as a social media campaign where participants post photos wearing purple in a show of solidarity against the bullying of LGBTQ+ youth. Spirit Day is celebrated nationally on the third Thursday of October.

The LGBTQ Student Center holds various programming during LGBTQ+ History Month. The Center works alongside SpectrUM, UM's undergraduate LGBTQ+ student organization, to bring several inclusive and engaging LGBTQ+ events to the University during October's Coming Out Week (COW).