Next week's Philadelphia Gay News, along with 30 newspapers across the country and The Bilerico Project, will begin to celebrate October as Gay History Month. This is the largest LGBT history project of any type, anywhere ever.
Our combined print run alone is over 650,000. The 30 newspapers and magazines are in every major city in America and, combined with our web traffic, the numbers are staggering. My newspaper has been involved with this project since the beginning and, each year, I sometimes feel that the community doesn't really care. All of a sudden this year, there is enthusiasm like I've never seen before and that is borne out with those numbers and with what the writers discovered. We clearly make the case that historians have hidden - closeted - the LGBT community's contributions to building and preserving this country.
This year, there are no living celebrities involved with the project. In past years, we've had exclusive interviews with Sir Elton John, Congressman Barney Frank, tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King, along with a guy by the name of Barack Obama.
This years theme is "We are America" - how the LGBT community and its allies founded a nation. That's the U.S.A. we're talking about. You can bet Rick Perry a three-dollar bill that, after reading this series, you'll never allow a conservative to say "Our Founding Fathers did not have gay people in mind when they formed this country." The Founding Fathers very much knew of - even recruited - those who pushed the boundaries of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Here are some humorous examples from the series - all true.