There's also an even more important reason for the LGBT community to record its history than for almost any other group, and that has to do with lack of continuity. Unlike almost any other minority, LGBT history doesn't get passed down automatically. It's common for people who are born Black, Jewish, Latino, or Irish Catholic, to learn from their parents and family about their culture's history and how they came to be where they are today, but the vast majority of LGBT youths don't learn about their history while growing up.
The older generations often say that "Young LGBT people these days don't care about their history," and that may be true. The 18 year old going to his or her first pride is probably more interested in having a good time than in dwelling in the past, and that is only natural; but, someday they will want to know, and we will want to remember, and that is why it is so important to record our history now.
photo: 1971 - members of the Gay Liberation Front picket outside the San Diego Police office to protest police harassment of homosexuals.