Hidden Black History: 15 LGBTQ Events That SHOOK the Nation

Black history and LGBTQ+ history intersect in powerful ways, revealing stories of individuals, events, and changes that have shaped movements and cultures. These milestones highlight the resilience, creativity, and activism within the Black LGBTQ+ community.

1. Stonewall Riots, 1969

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Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, played a pivotal role in the Stonewall uprising, a foundational event in the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

2. Publication of “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name”

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In 1982, Audre Lorde published this “biomythography,” exploring her identity as a Black lesbian woman, impacting literature and LGBTQ+ visibility.

3. Bayard Rustin’s Leadership in the Civil Rights Movement

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An openly gay man, Rustin was a key strategist in the civil rights movement, notably organizing the 1963 March on Washington.

4. The Ballroom Scene Emergence

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In the late 20th century, the ballroom scene provided a vibrant subculture for Black and Latino LGBTQ+ individuals, emphasizing vogueing and runway competitions.

5. Founding of the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition

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Established to address health and social issues affecting Black gay men, this coalition marked a significant step in advocacy and representation.

6. “Paris Is Burning” Documentary Release, 1990

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This documentary highlighted the lives of LGBTQ+ people of color in the ballroom scene, bringing visibility to their struggles and triumphs.

7. Angela Davis Comes Out

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The renowned activist and scholar, Angela Davis, came out as a lesbian in the 1990s, linking her LGBTQ+ identity with her activism.

8. RuPaul’s Supermodel of the World, 1993

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RuPaul’s debut album and subsequent rise to fame brought drag culture into mainstream media, challenging gender norms and promoting LGBTQ+ acceptance.

9. Creation of Black Pride Events

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Cities across the United States began hosting Black Pride events, celebrating the unique experiences and culture of Black LGBTQ+ individuals.

10. Keith Boykin’s “One More River to Cross”

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Published in 1996, this book explores the experiences of Black lesbians and gays, offering insight into their lives within the broader African American community.

11. “Moonlight” Wins Best Picture, 2017

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“Moonlight,” a film about a young Black man grappling with his sexuality, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, a historic win for LGBTQ+ cinema.

12. The Black Lives Matter Movement

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Founded by three Black women, two of whom identify as queer, the BLM movement has been inclusive of LGBTQ+ issues, highlighting the intersectionality of race and sexuality.

13. Pose TV Series Premiere, 2018

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“Pose” features the largest cast of transgender actors in television history and brings the ballroom culture of the 1980s and 1990s to a wider audience.

14. Election of Black LGBTQ+ Politicians

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Recent years have seen the election of Black LGBTQ+ individuals to public office, breaking barriers and increasing representation in politics.

15. The Legacy of James Baldwin

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James Baldwin, a gay Black man, left an indelible mark on literature and civil rights activism, addressing complexities of race, sexuality, and identity in his work.

An Inspiring Legacy

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These milestones not only celebrate the contributions of Black LGBTQ+ people but also underscore the ongoing fight for equality and justice. Their legacy inspires continued advocacy and solidarity across movements and generations.

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