26 LGBTQ People to Know for Black History Month

Today more than ever, it is important that we celebrate the acomplishments made by the LGBTQ Black and African American community. It is past time for us to acknowledge these civil rights activists, pioneers, and outspoken leaders, so that they are no longer left out of our shared history. Their contributions and sacrifices have led us to where we are today.

We acknowledge there will be people missing from this list that people feel should be on it, or that we are unaware of. We appreciate your feedback on how we can make this a more comprehensive list. Send your additions to blog@grpride.org

Miss Major, October 25, 1940 - present, trans activist

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival/Canadian Press

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival/Canadian Press

Mandy Carter, November 2, 1948 - Present, LGBTQ Activist

E. Denise Simmons, first openly lesbian African-American mayor

They can’t ever say now that a gay man can’t play in the majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it
— Glen Burke

Glen Burke, November 16, 1952 – May 30, 1995, Major League Baseball Player

Monica Roberts, blogger, transgender activist

Willmer "Little Ax" Broadnax, December 28, 1916 – June 1, 1992, gospel quartet singer

Tyler Ford, writer, speaker, media personality

 T shirt designed by Tyler Ford. Photograph: Benedict Evans for the Guardian

 T shirt designed by Tyler Ford. Photograph: Benedict Evans for the Guardian

Carlett A. Brown, 1927 - unknown, sailor, performer, cook

LZ Granderson, March 11, 1972 - present, Journalist

Rossetta Thrape, March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973, singer, songwriter, guitarist

Angelica Ross, actress, writer, founding CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises

Tiq Milan,  writer, public speaker, activist, strategic media consultant

Lourdes Ashley Hunter, co-founder of Trans Women of Color Collective

Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian

Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian

“I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman,” Anderson told reporters in the midst of her perjury trial. “I have lived, dressed, acted just what I am, a woman.”
— Lucy Hicks Anderson, approximately 1944

Lucy Hicks Anderson, 1886 - 1954, Accidental Activist

The Legacy Project

The Legacy Project

George Washington Carver, 1860s - January 5, 1943, botanist and inventor

Angela Davis, January 26, 1944 - present, social activist, author, and educator

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1975. (GETTY IMAGES)

Countee Cullen, May 30, 1903 - January 9, 1946, poet

Photo credit: Carl Van Vechten

Photo credit: Carl Van Vechten

Emil Wilbekin, September 16, 1967 - Present, Journalist and Editor

Photo Credit: Demetrius Fordham

Photo Credit: Demetrius Fordham

June Jordan, July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002, poet, essayist, and activist

Image via Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University

Image via Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University

Kylar Broadus, activist, writer, lawyer, professor, lobbyist

Ma Rainey, April 26, 1886 - December 22, 1939

Reina Gossett, activist, artist, writer, filmmaker

Sir Lady Java, August 20, 1943 - present,  transgender rights activist, exotic dancer, singer, comedian, actress

Tracey Norman, 1951 - present, model

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J Mase III, poet, founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency

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Alex Newell, August 20, 1992 - present, singer, actor

Photo Credit: Ken Settle

Photo Credit: Ken Settle

For more check out our blog from February 2016.


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