Black LGBTQ icons who made (and are making) history
Celebrating past and present trailblazers
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There have been black LGBTQ people as long as there have been black people, and there have been black people as long as there have been people, but history gravely fails to remember their stories. They have been overwritten or excluded using a lethal combination of racism, homophobia, and gender discrimination.
Especially now, it is important to shine a light on specifically black LGBTQ lives as people like transgender black man Tony McDade, killed by the police around the same time as George Floyd, go dangerously unrecognized. They are dealing with multiple forces of discrimination and violence at the same time, and yet they have given and continue to give so much to society and the queer and black communities.
Click through to take a look at just a few of the incredible black LGBTQ figures of past and present.
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