Make Your Home Among Strangers
The Doane University common book for 2019-2020 is Make Your Home Among Strangers. Jennine Capó Crucet's novel explores themes of identity and home through the eyes of Cuban-American college student Lizet. The display features books about Cuban history and Cuban-American relations, images and editorials about the Elián González case, and works by Cuban authors.
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.
Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History 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 about our extraordinary national and international contributions.