Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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  • 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
  • Frank Ocean, Raven-Symoné
  • Jason Collins

James Baldwin Covers TIME

Though Laverne Cox has indeed made history as the first transgender individual to cover the weekly news publication, it was author and activist James Baldwin who broke the glass ceiling in becoming the first LGBT-indentifying individual to grace the cover. His essay “Down at the Cross,” published in his famed book The First Next Time, helped him secure cover-status in 1963.

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