Opening Doors, Outing History
This October, doors will be springing up in both the Marietta and Kennesaw Campus Student Centers! To celebrate LGBT History Month, LGBTQ Student Programs will be partnering with students, organizations and departments to create a unique history exhibit. In an effort to "queer" the idea of a history exhibit, we will use doors as the structure of our exhibit.
LGBTQ Student Programs will be using doors as symbol for what we can learn from our past; how our past has shaped our present and how knowing our past can shape our future. Doors are symbolic of coming out and accepting one's self. The doors in the exhibit will aid to further develop KSU's LGBTQ community, strengthen the sense community and encourage appreciation for those who came before and paved the way to where we are today.
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, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.
The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions