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10 Important LGBT+ Figures

Happy Pride Month! The month of June is known as Pride Month after the Stonewall Riots took place on June 28, 1969 in New York City and kickstarted the movement for LGBT+ rights and acceptance in society. In honor of the LGBT+ community and Pride Month, here are 10 important LGBT+ figures:

  1. Marsha P. Johnson, the African American trans woman who was an important figure during the Stonewall Riots and was a prominent trans rights activist & AIDS/HIV activist
  2. Sylvia Rivera, one of Marsha P. Johnson’s close friends, was also an important figure during the Stonewall Riots and, along with Marsha, spearheaded trans rights and queer rights activism movements in the 1970s and 1980s
  3. Ellen DeGeneres, a daytime television host who came out on television and helped bring queer rights into everyday life and daytime television
  4. Bayard Rustin was a prominent Civil Rights activist and leader as well as a prominent gay man in the 1960s who acted as Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s right hand man
  5. Virginia Woolf, a prominent and influential 20th-century writer, had several queer affairs during her marriage to Leonard Woolf
  6. Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer and was the first African-American to star in a major motion picture and was also openly bisexual as well as an advocate for LGBT+ acceptance
  7. Frida Kahlo, an openly bisexual woman, remains as one of Mexico’s most famous artists and challenged gender norms throughout a number of her paintings
  8. Laverne Cox first rose to prominence as an American actress after her role as Sophia on the popular Netflix show Orange Is The New Black and is a well-known LGBT+ activist and first openly transgender person to win an Emmy Award in any acting category
  9. Oscar Wilde is a well-known 19th century author who wrote the famous Picture of Dorian Grey and was jailed for a short time for being a part of the LGBT+ community
  10. Harvey Milk was the first person to be elected as an openly gay elected official in U.S. history when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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