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Celebrating gay Jewish icons

2:07 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2009
by rachel leibold

Slightly overlapping with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), October is GLBT History Month, coinciding with National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.

Magnus Hirschfeld
Every year the GLBT History Month website picks 31 gay icons to commemorate with a video and text biography, resources and downloads. This year, a couple Jewish icons are being noted:

• Magnus Hirschfeld (Oct. 9), a German-born doctor and major gay rights activist who was called "The Einstein of Sex";

• Hilary Rosen (Oct. 26), former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and currently editor at large for the Huffington Post and a CNN political contributor;

• Jerome Robbins (Oct. 25), a renowned American choreographer;

• Suze Orman (Oct. 20), a financial adviser and author who has her own show on CNBC, and apparently a part-time resident of San Francisco.

There are lots of other fascinating figures being profiled this year, including John Cage, Alfred Kinsey, Rachel Maddow, Yves St. Laurent, Cherry Jones and Esera Tuaolo. Check out the site for some inspiring stories of people who never let their sexual orientation get in the way of doing great things in the public eye.

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Posted by onegr8singer
11/01/2009  at  08:37 PM

And a Happy new year to all!

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