born: October 15, 1926
died: June 25, 1984

“It’s not enough to affirm that we are gay, but we must also create a gay life.”
-Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault is an official honoree today for GLBT History Month 2009.

He was a French philosopher, sociologist and educator. He is best known for his studies of psychiatry, the prison system and human sexuality.

His major books include: Madness and Civilization (1961); The Order of Things (1966); and Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975).

He planned a six-volume project titled The History of Sexuality. The first three volumes were published just before his death. The first volume seriously influenced LGBT thinking.

Foucault died of AIDS-related complications at age 58.

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