October is LGBT History Month. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


October is LGBT History Month


Before I get all into the meanings of All Hallows Eve and Samhain and all things coming up towards the end of October, I didn’t want the month to go by without recognizing that October is also LGBT History Month. As some of you may have noticed that National Coming Out Day was October 11, last week.  That was a date I let slip by and I meant to say something, especially as important as it is and with all the  incredible stories still pouring out from authors on this subject.  It doesn’t matter where on the LGBTQIA  spectrum or QUILTBAG as my friend  author J. Scott Coatsworth loves to call it, the bravery it takes to come out …to tell everyone who you are…is a warrior’s horn of courage.  Transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, ace, anywhere on the Quiltbag spectrum you may fall, to stand up and assert yourself, your right to love who you love, and who you are is a scary event.  Sometimes you find you have support, sometimes horrifically you find you do not.  LGBT Youth shelters are testament to that sad fact.

LGBT history is full of the courageous, those that have made their mark in pushing LGBTQIA rights forward and those that still continue to do so.  I’ve run across several articles each with differing opinions on who they think are the most influential LGBT historical figures.

Here’s the article from The Advocate. I also included the Huff Post’s Not sure I agree with all their choices. I guess my views tend more towards modern figures like Harvey Milk and Christine Jorgensen (yes they are there on the Advocate’s list). One’s that moved political rights forward, not influenced the world.  That latter is the view The Advocate took.  My list would include Harry Hay, co-founder of the Mattachine Society.  The Stonewall Rioters.  RuPaul.  Ellen DeGeneres. Barney Frank. Margarethe Cammermeye (a former colonel), George Takei.

  Which is yours and who would be on your list?  Or should we even break the lists apart?

20 LGBT People Who Changed the World | Advocate.com

There are a number of marvelous books out there to read.  The history of Stonewall Riots is must reading for those interested in LGBT rights.  With the pressure from the current government to roll back rights, we should never forget it wasn’t that long ago when the frustrations boiled up and over.  Here’s two for your consideration:

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter

Stonewall By Martin Duberman

The second one I reviewed and taken together add a thoughtful, in-depth accounts at an historic moment in LGBT history.

So let’s celebrate LGBT History Month!  I’ve missed the chance to name some great LGBT historical novels but you can refer to our rec lists for a few.  Or leave a comment or two with some for everyone to enjoy.  I might just hand out a surprise or two.  Maybe list your choices for people you’d put on your LGBT list of Important LGBT People in History.

Our other contest will resume next week.

Now onto our week at the blog!

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, October 15:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Building Forever (The Rebuilding Year, #2.5) by Kaje Harper
  • October is LGBT History Month. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, October 16:

  • Blitz Tour: In Over our Heads by CJane Elliott
  • Harmony Ink Promo Jeff Adams
  • Dreamspinner Promo Kim Dias on Breakfast at Midnight
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliot
  • A Lila Review: Faeted by Shiloh Saddler
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Played! (The Shamwell Tales #2) by J.L. Merrow and Mark Steadman (Narrator)

Tuesday, October 17:

  • Dreamspinner Promo Andrew Grey on Taming the Beast (guest post and tour)
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: Count the Shells by Charlie Cochrane
  • Tour: The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky #1) by J. Scott Coatsworth
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Dream (Aisling #2) by Carole Cummings
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Deeds and Confetti by Brandon Witt
  • An Alisa Review:  14 Days by Patrick Mangan

Wednesday, October 18:

  •  TOUR Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) by C.B. Lee
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway Tour – Deacon’s Law (Heroes #3) by RJ Scott
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Golden by R L Mosswood
  • A Kai Release Day Review: Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci
  • An Alisa Review: Nosy Neighbors by Nina Schluntz
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Unquiet (Resilient Love #3) by Melanie Hansen and Michael Stellman (Narrator)

Thursday, October 19:

  • Release Blitz Tour – VL Locey’s Improper Fraction
  • Review Tour ~ A Cowboy for Caleb (Great Plains Shifters #1) by L.C. Davis
  • An Alisa Review: A Cowboy for Caleb (Great Plains Shifters #1) by L.C. Davis
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Horny by Anne Tenino and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • A Julia Review: Figure Study by Suzanne Clay
  • An Alisa Review: Honey and Heat by Rian Durant

Friday, October 20:

  • Review Tour – We Met In Death – KA Merikan
  • Review Tour – Bitten By Desire – Annabelle Jacobs
  • Dreamspinner Press Spotlight:Xenia Melzer
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Out of the Shadows by KC Wells
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

Saturday, October 21:

  • A MelanieM Review: A Reason To Stay (Book #1) by RJ Scott




2 thoughts on “October is LGBT History Month. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

  1. I’m so excited about this post. I’m a history buff, and love combining that with my lgbtq interests. So many to rec; so I’ll have to whittle it down. I’ll start with one my gay book group is reading based on my rec in honor of this month:
    – “Flagrant Conduct: the Story of Lawrence v. Texas” by Dale Carpenter, about what I think is the more major Supreme Court decision, which invalidated sodomy laws and led 10 years later to the marriage equality decisions. Some great, moving twists of fate in that.
    – Speaking of which, this is good too: Love Wins: “The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality” by Debbie Cenziper, Jim Obergefell
    – Many good bios, including this multiple award winner: “Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin” by John D’Emilio
    – And of course one about authors, another award winner: “Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America” by Christopher Bram

    Btw, in Chicago’s Boystown there’s a Legacy Walk up & down Halsted with plaques honoring some you mention (as well as writers Baldwin, Wilde, Whitman & Audre Lorde). Check it out if you’re in town.


  2. History isn’t a passion or genre I’ll willingly read unless it’s regency romance. I’ve taken history classes and done reading but none have focused on LGBT figures. I wish I had some rec’s. I appreciate the links though and will pass them on to my friends.


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