Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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  • Frank Ocean, Raven-Symoné
  • Jason Collins
  • Sylvester James, Jr./RuPaul
  • Meshell Ndegeochello
  • James Baldwin
  • Don Lemon
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Audre Lorde/Angela Davis
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rave Symoné
  • Claude McKay/Langston Hughes/Bessie Smith/Wallace Thurman
  • Dorian Corey/Pepper Labieja

Notable Black LGBT Moments

Sexuality within the Black community has evolved from being considered a taboo topic to one of enlightenment and advocacy. From public figures such as Frank Ocean and Raven-Symoné publicly embracing their identities as members of the LGBT community to self-loving trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement and Harlem Renaissance such as Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, we highlight notable moments in Black LGBT history.

(Photos from left: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME, Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

By Moriba Cummings

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