Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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

Sisters in Activism

As vocal advocates for LGBT rights and other social movements, Angela Davis and Audre Lorde proved to be pillars of strength and mobility for women, and oppressed groups. Davis, who was vocally opposed to the Vietnam War, fought against racism, sexism, and the prison industrial complex, she also came out in 1997.  Lorde expressed her thoughts through writing, releasing her 1978 work The Black Unicorn, which contained a critically acclaimed collection of poems and tackled personal reevaluations and reflections on womanhood, feminism, race, and lesbianism.

(Photos from left: Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images, Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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