Oct. 19: Minnesota’s Role in Global LGBT Well-being

Senator D. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61
State Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61

Metropolitan State University will host a presentation and panel to  examine what Minnesotans are doing to benefit the global LGBT community, and share ways how participants can get involved.

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium, and  begins with short, 5-minute presentations by Minnesota organizations who are leaders in this area.

State Sen. Scott Dibble will moderate. Representatives from the following organizations will share information about their work:

  • The American Refugee Committee
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • The Center for Victims of Torture
  • Building our Future
  • The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mossier

A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please contact Charlie Rounds, program manager, Mossier at 612-203-8358 or charlie@mossier.org.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Activities this month highlight role models, build community, and make a civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions. This is a month-long celebration specific to the United States, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

LGBT History Month originated in the United States, and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Wilson originated the idea, served as founder on the first coordinating committee, and chose October as the month of celebration. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on as did Governors William Weld of Massachusetts and Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, Mayors such as Thomas Menino of Boston and Wellington Webb of Denver. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT.