October Offers Plenty to Celebrate

October holds special meaning for many, with occasions including LGBT History Month, awareness campaigns for both domestic violence and breast cancer, National Coming Out Day (NCOD), the marking of Columbus’ Bahamian landing/Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) and Halloween/Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival).
Here are some special events that have been planned:
National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11, annually) started in 1988 on the first anniversary of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. For NCOD resources, go to hrc.org/ncod.
LGBT History Month began in 1994 as an expansion of National Coming Out Day’s themes of commemoration, education and celebration. Equality Forum will unveil 31 new daily icons this month at lgbthistorymonth.com. The site includes a searchable database of current and past icons.
GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) will hold the West Coast version of its annual Respect Awards on Oct. 5. At the ceremony, the advocacy group will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, and his wife, Marilyn Katzenberg, for their community service. Hollywood publicity executive Simon Halls and his partner, White Collar star Matt Bomer, will receive the Inspiration Award for their commitment to GLSEN, and the Chairman’s Award will go to brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein for their role in distributing the documentary Bully. After the event, check the GLSENvideo page at youtube.com for ceremony clips.
Social Group for People with Disabilities in the LGBTQ community


Bradley Osborn

Brad has been writing for Camp since 2004. His beat is mostly local features and general LGBT news. Common topics have included youth, faith and community. Although he holds an M.A. in journalism, he primarily considers himself to be a chemist, having studied and worked in biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quality assurance and the production of educational science texts. He's laconic, unintentionally enigmatic and often facetious. He enjoys irony, as well as things – but not animals, apparently – that are simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian. He and his cat, Charlie Parker, reside in downtown Kansas City, Mo. If you have a story idea for Brad, send him a note at bosborn@campkc.com.

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