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VIDEOS: Meet LGBT History Month icons Aaron Copland and Alan Cumming

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland was a world-renowned composer, teacher, writer and conductor. He was a key figure in forming the early 20th century American style of music and composition.

The youngest of five children, Copland was born Nov. 14, 1900 in Brooklyn to Eastern European Jewish immigrants.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Dan Choi

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Lt. Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran and Arabic linguist. He was the nation’s leading activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Rita Mae Brown

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

An author and screenwriter, Rita Mae Brown is best known for her semi-autobiographical lesbian-themed novel, "Rubyfruit Jungle." She is a groundbreaking activist for lesbian and civil rights.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Keith Boykin

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Keith Boykin is a political commentator, a New York Times best-selling author and a veteran of two presidential campaigns. He is the editor of The Daily Voice and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and BET.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Dustin Lance Black

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, director and producer who resides in Los Angeles.

In 2009, he received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," about openly gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.

TONIGHT: Gay for Good San Diego to host mixer to kick off fall service projects

SAN DIEGO -- Gay for Good San Diego will launch its fall season of community service projects with a mixer this evening at 6:30 pm at Babycakes in Hillcrest.

The group, which aims to energize and mobilize the LGBT community to interact with outside communities, organizes an open volunteer project each month and invites community members to take part.

Gay for Good, which is based in Los Angeles, has chapters in five cities across the United States, with the San Diego chapter being formed in July 2010.

HRC launches search for new president

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign announces the beginning of the search process that will culminate in the appointment of a new president for the organization early next year.

Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), an executive recruitment firm, has been retained by the HRC board of directors to assist them in the search.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon John Berry

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

As director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), John Berry is the highest-ranking openly gay federal employee in U.S. history.

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VIDEOS: Meet LGBT History Month icons John Ashbery and Alison Bechdel

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story on the Causes page.

John Ashbery

Known as one of the most successful 20th century poets, John Ashbery has won almost every major American literary award, including the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Kye Allums

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story on the Causes page.

Kye Allums is the first openly transgender athlete to play NCAA Division I college basketball. Allums was a star shooting guard on the George Washington University (GWU) women’s basketball team.

Born Kyler Kelcian Allums in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Oct. 23, 1989, he was the oldest of four children.

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