Diversity Corner News - October 2015






October is National Disability Employment  Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

October is also LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history  of the gay rights movement.


October 11:  National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

Second Monday in October (October 12):  National Indigenous People’s Day, which recognizes 500 years of resistance and the continued existence of North American Indigenous people. This is celebrated in lieu of Columbus Day.


October 22:  The beginning of Dussehra (Dasera), a ten day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.


October 20:  The Birth of the Bab, a holiday celebrated by the Baha’i recognizing the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. This celebration starts on October 19 and ends October 20.


JOIN GMSHRM on Tuesday, October 20th at the Coral Gables Country Club for the Diversity in Action Awards Dinner. This is our annual event to celebrate and recognize local area business leaders for their commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.