Jordan was an activist, journalist, essayest, educator, and celebrated African-American poet.She received many awards including a lifetime achievement award from the National Black Writers’ Conference. She was well respected and taught at prominent universities including Yale and University of California, Berkeley.
Three years before Harvey Milk’s well-known political victory, Kozachenko was elected to public office on a platform aimed at enforcing homosexual rights.
Maupin was among the first to feature open LGBT literary characters in affirming roles. “Tales of the City” revolves around a group of tenants of 28 Barbary Lane. The tenants strive to forge a family in spite of rejection, loneliness and confusion. As the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s, Maupin introduced one of the first HIV-positive characters who had an otherwise full life.
While incarcerated for killing an assailant in self-defense, McDonald suffered inhumane treatment that impelled her to become a prison-reform activist.
Freddie Mercury ranks among the most sensational rock ’n’ roll vocalists in history. He
was one of the leading musicians, record producers and songwriters of the 1980s
John Cameron Mitchell
John Cameron Mitchell is best known for writing, directing and starring in the cult
classic film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
In 2012 critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Frank Ocean changed the face
of hip-hop when he came out two days prior to the release of his second album,
“Channel Orange.” The album shot to number two on the Billboard charts.
In 2012 professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe came out publicly two weeks before
she was to play for the women’s soccer team in the London Olympics.
When Sullivan was initially denied transition surgery due to his homosexual orientation, he publicly advocated for homosexuality to be removed from the list of contraindications. The successful campaign
provided a breakthrough in widespread acknowledgment of the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
Crowned the “Queen of Disco,” Sylvester was renowned for his exquisite falsetto and