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100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost

100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost
Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community. In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner, Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have become the most visible transgender women in media. So, in honor of Black History Month, below you’ll find over 100 lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and transgender women you should know about. If she was still alive, the oldest person in this list would be 189 years old. The youngest person on this list is a mere 21 years of age. Keep in mind, there are so many more prominent black LGBT women than are represented below. Frances E.W. Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis (1844-1907), Sculptor Ruth Ellis (1899-2000), Activist

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Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther” In 1968,... Obit of the Day: Creator of “Luther” In 1968, Brumsic Brandon, Jr. created something new. An editorial cartoonist for several years, Mr. The invisible women of the Civil Rights Movement Tens of thousands of women participated in the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. But none of the female civil rights leaders marched in the procession with Dr. King, nor were any of them invited to speak to the enormous crowd. Instead, these women were asked to march on an adjacent street with the wives of the male leaders and to stay in the background.

Haast's eagle The Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei) is an extinct species of eagle that once lived in the South Island of New Zealand, commonly accepted to be the Pouakai of Maori legend.[1] The species was the largest eagle known to have existed. Its primary prey was suspected to consist of moa. This eagle's massive size may have been an evolutionary response to the size of its prey, as both would have been much smaller when they first came to the island, and would have grown larger over time due to lack of competition (see island gigantism). Haast's eagle became extinct around 1400, when its major food source, the moa, were hunted to extinction by Maori, and much of its dense-forest habitat was cleared by them.

The Inkwell, Santa Monica, California (1905-1964) Hazel Maybier Brown-Temple (far right) and Fellow Beachgoers Enjoy the Sand and Surf at the Inkwell, 1928 (Photo Courtesy of Rick Blocker). The Inkwell was a popular beach for African Americans in Southern California through the middle decades of the Twentieth Century. The beach at Bay Street fanning out a block to the north and south was derogatorily called “The Inkwell” by nearby Anglos in reference to the skin color of the beach-goers. Such names existed for other beaches across the U.S. as well.

Two-Spirit "Berdache" redirects here. For the glaive polearm, see Bardiche. Two-Spirit (also two spirit or twospirit) is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe gender-variant individuals in their communities.[1] The term was adopted in 1990 at an Indigenous lesbian and gay international gathering to encourage the replacement of the anthropological term berdache.[2] It is a spiritual role that is recognized and confirmed by the Two-Spirit's indigenous community. While some have found the term a useful tool for intertribal organizing, not all Native cultures conceptualize gender this way, and most tribes use names in their own languages.[2][3] While pan-Indian terms are not always appropriate or welcome, the term has generally received more acceptance and use than the term it replaced.[2]

Photos: When Santa Monica Beach Was Segregated: LAist fullscreen Editors’ Note 11/22: Alison Rose Jefferson, a doctoral student who is studying this subject, wrote in to set us straight and said that a lot of the information floating around about Inkwell is inaccurate. There were some errors in this article that have since been corrected—see our notes down below The story of Santa Monica's Inkwell beach sounds like something out of the Jim Crow South.

Digital Influencers Recreate Legendary Images of Black History Icons in #WeAreBlackHistory Ferguson was burning and #BlackLivesMatter protests were sweeping the nation when Alexis Felder came to Christina Brown and me with an idea. She wanted to put a spotlight on the positive figures galvanizing our communities—people whose sole aim was to be treated with dignity and humanity, much like the legendary men and women who marched in Selma. And she wanted to do it by paying homage to our painful yet triumphant history. #WeAreBlackHistory was born. Stonewall riots The Stonewall Inn, taken September 1969. The sign in the window reads: "We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village—Mattachine."[1]

San Diego Air & Space Museum - Balboa Park, San Diego 1900s Emory Conrad Malick becomes first African American pilot, trained at the Curtiss Aviation School at North Island in 1912.Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes first black fighter pilot in France (1917). 1920s Bessie Coleman becomes first licensed female black pilot in the United States, licensed in France (1921).James Herman Banning became the first black aviator to obtain a license from the U. S.