LGBT History Month - Wrap Up
Here's a wrap up of all of the posts we made throughout LGBT History Month in February 2020.
Vita Sackville West, 9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962
Vita Sackville-West, was a successful English writer. She published more than a dozen collections of poetry during her lifetime and 13 novels. She was the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend, and lover, Virginia Woolf.
James Baldwin, 2 August 1924 – 1 December 1987
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His novels and plays fictionalised the personal dilemmas he faced with his sexuality and quest for acceptance.
Virginia Woolf, 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941
Virginia Woolf was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th -century authors. She was a part of the Bloomsbury group which encouraged a liberal approach to sexuality and led to her meting her lover Vita Sackville-West.
Anne Lister, 3 April 1791 – 22 September 1840
Anne Lister was an English landowner and diarist from Halifax, West Yorkshire. Throughout her life, she kept diaries that chronicled the details of her daily life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities, and her work improving Shibden Hall
Jackie Forster, 6 November 1926 – 10 October 1998
Jackie Forster was an English news reporter, actress and lesbian rights activist. She was one of the founders of Sappho, which was a social group and one of the UK’s longest-running lesbian publications.
Alan Turing, 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954
Alan Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, and theoretical biologist. Despite these accomplishments, he was not fully recognised in his home country during his lifetime, due to his homosexuality.
Magnus Hirschfeld, 14 May 1868 – 14 May 1935
Magnus Hirschfeld was a German physician and sexologist. An outspoken advocate for sexual minorities, Hirschfeld founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee which carried out the first advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights.
George Michael, 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016
George Michael was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music due Wham! And later embarked on a solo career. Michael came out in 1998 and was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser.
Audre Lorde, 18 February 1934 – 17 November 1992
Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, womanist, liberian, and civil rights activist. Her poems and prose largely dealt with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism and disability, and the exploration of black female identity.
Christine Jorgensen, 30 May 1926 – 3 May 1989
Christine Jorgensen was an American transgender woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.
Harvey Milk, 22 May 1930 – 27 November 1978
Harvey Milk was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Stephen Gately, 17 March 1976 – 10 October 2009
Stephen Gately was an Irish Pop singer, songwriter, actor, children’s writer and dancer, who was co-lead singer of the pop group Boyzone.
Freddie Mercury, 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter record producer and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He was closeted throughout much of his life but was a bisexual man who engaged in affairs with men throughout a long-term relationship with Mary Austin.
Lyra McKee, 31 March 1990 – 18 April 2019
Lyra McKee was a lesbian journalist from Northern Ireland who wrote for several publications about the consequences of the troubles. On 18 April 2019, Lyra was fatally shot during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry.
Oscar Wilde, 16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900
Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. He is best remembered for his epigrams, his plays and his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. His homoerotic texts pushed the social boundaries of the Victorian era.
Paris Is Burning (film), 1990
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.
Marsha P Johnson, 24 August 1945 - 6 July 1992
Marsha was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen. Known as an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Johnson was one of the prominent figures in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. A founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, Johnson co-founded the gay and transvestite advocacy organization S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries). From 1987 through 1992, Johnson was an AIDS activist with ACT UP.