LGBT History Month: recognizing Kay Tobin Lahusen

October is LGBT History Month, which is a time to not only celebrate sexuality but also to educate.
Kay Tobin Lahusen, one of the first openly gay photojournalists, initiated and documented
LGBT movements as early as the 1950s. Lahusen worked alongside her partner, Barbara
Gittings, to establish rights and make the LGBT community visible to a country that denied
them. Together Lahusen and Gittings are responsible for one of the most notable lesbian
publications of its time, The Ladder. By far, their most significant impact of the LGBT civil
rights movement is the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness.