According to the official website, the LGBT History Month was established in 1994:
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.
This year, LGBT History Month is celebrating 31 icons (“31 Days. 31 Icons.”). One icon will be revealed each day of October starting on October 1. Entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes is on the list of icons to be featured.
We look forward to following the countdown all month and celebrating by patronizing LGBT-owned businesses this month. Tell us about your favorite LGBT-owned business or LGBT icon on Facebook.
Here’s a list of some of our LGBT clients:
Are you looking for clothes you like that also fit your body? These are the suits you’ve been waiting for. Saint Harridan provides masculine clothing and accessories for women and transmen. They’re currently on a pop-up shop tour, so if you don’t live near their headquarters in Oakland, keep your eye out to find them on the road. http://www.saintharridan.com/
Laurel Book Store
Where can you find great events, family-friendly activities, and amazing books? Laurel Book Store in downtown Oakland. More than just a bookstore, they have created a community space to foster a love of Oakland and a love of books. Check out their events calendar for what’s coming up. http://www.laurelbookstore.com/
Scarlet City Roasting
Have you ever had a need for caffeine and an overwhelming desire to play pinball at the same time? Scarlet City Roasters knows the feeling, and they host a monthly novice pinball tournament. You can find amazing coffee and a fun community at their shop. http://www.scarletcityroasting.com/
Hive, the place to bee
Do you need a space to work and also to network? You have to visit Hive, the place to bee in Oakland. They offer an amazing space for creative folks to meet, to work, and to enjoy great coffee and food. They also offer community resources, host events, and provide locally sourced food and coffee options. Check them out online and in person: http://www.hive-cafe.com/index.html
The Port Bar
The Port Bar is Oakland’s first 7-day per week gather place for the LGBT community. They offer great events, a beautiful new space, and friendly staff. More than just a bar, The Port Bar offers private gathering spaces available for reservations. Check them out online and in person: http://www.portbaroakland.com/index.html
In San Francisco:
How do you live with less stuff AND have great lighting? Our borrower Lumio already has the solution for you. They create unique and beautiful lighting systems to give people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are. You probably already helped them become one of Ten Most Innovative Crowdfunded Companies, and if not, you probably saw them on Shark Tank.
D&H Sustainable Jewelers
How do you have an amazing jewelry experience without hurting the Earth? D&H Sustainable Jewelers offers luxury with a conscience, using reclaimed precious metals and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. (They also have a wine bar inside their store.)
Hip Chick Farms
What makes you happier than an “about us” page on a website that’s only videos? Hip Chick Farms’ commitment to locally-sourced ingredients and the slow and heritage food movements that brings kid- and mom-friendly food from the freezer to your table without preservatives. Hip Chick Farms links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. They also give a percentage of sales to local nonprofit organizations. #bringbackthechickenfinger
Where can you find handsome apparel for women, butches, studs, bois, and transmen? HauteButch, of course! This veteran-owned business offers worldwide shipping on their incredible selection of inventory that looks great and fits great. Check out their website for the latest style options: https://www.hautebutch.com/