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Famous Lesbians and Bisexual Women in History

Lesbians have always existed in history, but their stories may not have been told. Here's where you'll read about those women-loving-women in our past.
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Lesbians and Bisexual Women in History
These lesbian and bisexual women lived in a time where it was not as easy to be out and proud. These women paved the path that we walk on today.

Lilli Vincenz - Gay Rights Pioneer Lilli Vincenz
Lilli Vincenz was an early gay rights activist. She talks about her involvement in the early gay rights (homophile) movement.

Glen Owen
Glen Owen Bio

Laurel Hester - Freeheld - Best Short Documentary Oscar
Freeheld won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary 2007. This is the story of Laurel Hester, the subject of that movie and her fight to leave her pension to her partner.

What is the Lavender Menace?
The origins of Lavender Menace is the early 1970s during the feminist movement. Betty Friedan called lesbians in the feminist movement the lavender menace.

Barbara Gittings - Lesbian Rights Activist
Barbara Gittings fought for gay and lesbian rights since the 1950s. She was one of the founders of Daughters of Bilitis, one of the earliest lesbian organizations.

Jane Addams: Biography of the Mother of Modern Social Work
Here's a bio of Jane Addams. Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, the birth of the modern social work. Although she would not have used the word Lesbian, she did have lasting relationships with women throughout her life.

Gladys Bentley: Bulldagger who Sang the Blues
Gladys Bentley was a Black lesbian in history. She sang the Blues and even married a woman in the Harlem Renaissance.

Stonewall Riots: A History of GLBT Pride
The modern gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride movement began in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City with the Stonewall Riots.

Vita Sackville-West
Here's a profile of author and lover of Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West.

Phyllis Lyon: Lesbian Pioneer
Phyllis Lyon along with her partner Del Martin were early lesbian feminist activists and founders of the first national organization for lesbians.

Del Martin: Lesbian Activist
Del Martin, along with her partner Phyllis Lyon wrote the ground-breaking book Lesbian/Woman.

Eleanor Roosevel was a Lesbian
Did the First Lady prefer Ladies? Evidence suggests it is so!

Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues and Bisexual Woman
Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the Blues, was also bisexual.

Frances Alice Kellor 1873 – 1952
Frances Alice Kellor 1873 – 1952 was a lesbian, political activist, and transgender American.

Famous Lesbians in History
Josephine Baker was a famous singer and dancer in the 1920s and 30s and she was also likely a lesbian or bisexual.

Mabel Hampton: Black Lesbian Pioneer
Mabel Hampton was a Black lesbian in the United States in the 1920s. She saved memorabilia from her life as a dance during the Harlem Renaissance, which she donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Because of Mabel Hampton, we know much about the lives of lesbians in our history.

Sally Ride - Lesbian Astronaut- May 26, 1951 - July 23, 2012
Astronaut Sally Ride was in a long term relationship with a woman.

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