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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Michael Guest

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.

Michael Guest is the first openly gay Senate-confirmed U.S. ambassador. He was nominated by George W. Bush.

After serving for 26 years, Guest had previously resigned from the State Department due to its discriminatory policies toward same-sex couples.

The Center to launch six-week course on power, privilege and justice

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center will kick-off a six-week course exploring issues of difference and oppression within LGBT communities, starting Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The series, titled "Power, Privilege and Visions of Justice," is part of The Center's efforts to provide workshops that may be of interest and use to the community.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Lady Gaga

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.

Lady Gaga is a world-famous performance artist and singer. She is best known for her chart-topping singles and outrageous costumes. She has had three consecutive best-selling albums and one of the highest-grossing tours.

Authors of "Paradise Plundered" to speak at Tuesday's Hillcrest Town Council meeting

SAN DIEGO -- As the city tries to recover from the financial troubles which have led some to coin San Diego as “Enron by the Sea”, a trio of authors recently released a book called Paradise Plundered, which examines the events that led to the fiscal crisis.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Denise Eger

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.

One of the first openly gay rabbis, Denise Eger served as rabbi for the world’s first gay and lesbian synagogue. She is the first female and the first openly gay president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

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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.

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