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Celebrating Black Queer History

In honor of Black History Month, GSA celebrates those who have impacted black, LGBT+, and American history and culture. This post focuses on six specific individuals, but we encourage you to research the many other black LGBT+ people who have made great contributions to society, as well as those who are making history today.

(Visuals originally posted on Instagram, @gsakps)

Aside from the historical perspective, it is always important to recognize black LGBT+ people and their stories. They face unique challenges and have unique voices (though every person’s experience is different). With regards to blackness, queerness, and all other identities, we must remain inclusive in our communities and intersectional in our activism.


Introduction to important issues facing black LGBT+ people in the United States (HRC)

Opinion about why black history must include black queer history (Out)

Information about more black LGBT+ trailblazers who made history (NBC News)


Image sources:

Daily Local News, NPR, PBS (Rustin); Listal, Resistance Assistance, The Ally Coalition, Netflix (Johnson); WNYC, Giphy (Leake); Roosevelt House, NBC News, Silver Press (A. Lorde); NPR, Washington Post, GQ, Brain Pickings (Baldwin); Brain Pickings, PBS, WBUR (Hansberry); Music Tales, NPR, North Carolina Arts Council, Morehead State Public Radio (Strayhorn); Kevin Maxwell, CNN (other)

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