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.