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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon David Kato

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.

David Kato was the founder of Uganda’s LGBT civil rights movement. He was an outspoken advocate for equality in a country with some of the harshest anti-gay laws. His murder brought global attention to the plight of LGBT people in Uganda and Africa.

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VIDEOS: Meet LGBT History Month icons Langston Hughes and Frida Kahlo

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.

Langston Hughes

A celebrated poet and novelist, Langston Hughes is one of the most significant voices to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. A major contributor to American literature, his legacy includes 25 published works.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Daniel Hernandez Jr.

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.

University of Arizona student and congressional intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. garnered national recognition when he saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. President Obama acknowledged him for his heroism.

Cyndi Lauper explains why she gives a damn

About five years ago, I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot for Interview magazine and wanted to include some young gay and transgender people to help spread a message of diversity and acceptance. So, I went down to the Christopher Street Pier here in New York City, where they tend to hang out. What came next opened my eyes to a problem that for far too long has not received the attention, the money, the resources and the focus that is desperately needed.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Neil Patrick Harris

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.

Neil Patrick Harris is an award-winning television, film and stage actor. Starting at age 16, he has forged an enduring career as a performer in Hollywood and on Broadway.

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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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