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VIDEO: Equality Forum to celebrate LGBT History Month in October with 31 icons

PHILADELPHIA -- To celebrate the accomplishments of LGBT individuals throughout history, the Equality Forum releases a list of 31 icons to spotlight each year during the month of October.

The organization recently released its 2011 list and will begin featuring one icon per day through a video, biography and images starting Oct. 1, which kicks off LGBT History Month.

This year's list includes a diverse range of individuals ranging from pop stars, activists, government leaders and youth.

The list also includes a number of LGBT icons who have made history over the last year, including Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern who rushed to the aid of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head during a public appearance; Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project; and Dan Choi, who fought against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

SDGLN will publish the video profiles of the LGBT History Month icons each day in October in the CAUSES section.

The full list includes:

Kye Allumns, Athlete

John Ashbery, Poet

Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist

John Berry, Government Official

Dustin Lance Black, Screenwriter

Keith Boykin, Commentator

Rita Mae Brown, Author

Dan Coi, Activist

Aaron Copland, Composer

Alan Cumming, Actor

Denise Eger, Rabbi

Lady Gaga, Singer

Michael Guest, Diplomat

Neil Patrick Harris, Actor

Daniel Hernandez Jr., Hero

Langston Hughes, Author

Frida Kahlo, Artist

David Kato, Ugandan Activist

Michael Kirby, Supreme Court Justice

Victoria Kolakowski, Judge

Dave Kopay, Athlete

Ricky Martin, Singer

Amelie Mauresmo, Athlete

Constance McMillen, Youth Activist

Ryan Murphy, Writer/Director

Dan Savage, Journalist/Author

Amanda Simpson, Government Official

Wanda Sykes, Comedian/Actress

Lilli Vincenz, Gay Pioneer

Virginia Woolf, Author

Pedro Zamora, AIDS Activist/MTV Personality

For more information about LGBT History Month or to register to receive updates from Equality Forum, click HERE.