Not only is March Women’s History Month, but today is International Women’s Day. In honor of this special day, we wanted to recognize and remember some amazing LGBT women. Check them out below:
Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson was a transwoman in New York city in the 1960s and was a key figure in the Stonewall Riots. She committed her life to the LGBT rights movement and was an AIDS activist in the 1980s. She, along with Sylvia Rivera (another important trans woman in history), started the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, or S.T.A.R., “which provided support, information and a community for the disadvantaged trans people in their area.”
Gertrude Stein was an influential American writer, best known for her novel, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Her writings were progressive and influenced American literary thought and the feminist movement. She met her life partner, Alice B. Toklas in France and the two were well connected with the biggest literary minds and artists of the time like Picasso and Hemingway.
Barbara Jordan was the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate, and the first Southern African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was with her life partner, Nancy Earl for 20 years. As a lawyer, educator, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, it’s with pride that we remember Barbara Jordan on International Women’s Day.
Ellen DeGeneres is far more than a comedian, TV show host, and actress. She was the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. DeGeneres has been an advocate for the LGBT rights movement and helped change the minds and hearts of millions of America with her humor and TV show, The Ellen Show. It was because of this that President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Actress Laverne Cox has been a huge advocate for the transgender community and her presence on TV and in film has been inspiring to thousands and has helped bring transgender awareness to the mainstream media. She was the first trans person to be nominated for an Emmy, the first trans person to play a trans series regular on broadcast TV, and the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
Frida Kahlo is not only considered one of the world’s most renowned artists, but she also never hid the fact that she was bisexual. Her independent nature and artwork with feminist themes has inspired millions well past her death.
Not only was Audre Lorde a prolific poet, but she was an African American lesbian civil rights activist. Her writings and poetry influenced the intersectional feminist movement. She committed her life and work to fighting against homophobia, racism, and sexism in the U.S.
Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir
Johanna Sigurdardottir’s name might not be well-known to all, but that should change. She was not only Iceland’s first female Prime Minister, but she also became the world’s first openly lesbian head of government in 2009. Her position and work has inspired thousands of LGBT women to enter politics all across the world.