For October 1st, LGBT History Month features Virginia (Ginny) Apuzzo (b. 1941), an LGBT activist who co-authored the first gay and lesbian civil rights plank for the Democratic Party in 1980. Apuzzo joined the Sisters of Charity in the Bronx in 1967 when she was 26, but left the order two years later after reading about the Stonewall riots in the newspaper and realizing there were more people like her. She publicly came out as a lesbian and embarked on a career as an educator and activist for LGBT rights, including lobbying for greater resources and support for gay communities during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. For more information on Virginia Apuzzo, please see LGBT History Month’s bio of her here.

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