October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and a chance to celebrate the community’s many achievements. As Orange County’s largest LGBTQ+ primary medical care services provider, since our founding we have seen firsthand the progress made during the last few decades.
But LGBTQ+ history dates back much longer than that (of course), and is filled with pioneering civil rights struggles and trailblazing figures. For LGBTQ+ History Month throughout October, we are joining with the OC community to celebrate these many achievements.
What Is LGBTQ+ History Month?
LGBTQ+ History Month was founded in 1994 by Missouri history teacher Rodney Wilson as Lesbian and Gay History Month. Created as a way to recognize and celebrate the work of important role models, give greater access to LGBTQ+ history and build communities, the month is now observed in cities across the world. October was chosen as students are in school, and this month also acknowledges National Coming Out Day and the 1979 and 1987 LGBTQ+ marches on Washington.
LGBTQ+ History Month in Orange County
It’s a busy time in the local community that includes the 36th annual AIDS Walk Orange County. LGBTQ+ History Month is a good time to reflect on the work of those who fought for progress.
Orange County has a history of LGBTQ+ activism, with many records and materials curated through the Orange County Historical LGBT Timeline project. The UC Irvine Libraries house this archival collection developed by activist Barbara Muirhead.
These historical records highlight a vibrant and politically active LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. Events such as the Laguna Pride Weekend and Gay Games IV, the 1993 march on Washington and more are thoroughly documented.
How to Support LGBTQ+ History Month
Spreading awareness is at the heart of LGBTQ+ History Month. You can do this by learning about the legacies of some iconic figures in history and sharing their stories across social media. Role models and public representation play a key role in building young people’s self-confidence, and in providing a more inclusive history that is often missing from mainstream conversations. In addition, a donation to an LGBTQ+ cause can go a long way.
Supporting Healthcare During LGBTQ+ History Month
For the LGBTQ+ community, health outcomes is one area where progress has undoubtedly been made. However, for many throughout Orange County, the barriers to reliable, tolerant healthcare services still exist. And as we celebrate the work of the many pioneers who came before us, our LGBTQ+ medical clinic is committed to providing safe, effective services for the local community.
Trusted LGBTQ+ Medical Care and Testing Services in Irvine
Radiant Health Centers is Orange County’s home for LGBTQ+ medical services. We provide HIV testing and treatment, primary medical care, hormone replacement therapy, counseling and more. To reach our medical clinic, please call (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment online.