The Most Awesome LGBTQ Women In History

Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was an African-American writer, civil rights activist and vocal feminist. She was also a tough-to-the-bone lesbian and was never afraid to be outspoken in her plight for change. Audrey’s poetry was truly radical and dealt with the very taboo topics of civil rights, feminism, and exploring the black female identity

Audre Lorde’s mission was to smash the patriarchy. She famously said, “Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference — those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older — know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support.”

Ellen DeGeneres

During the early stage of her career, Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997. During that time, the character she was playing named Ellen Morgan simultaneously came out as a lesbian to her therapist that was performed by Oprah Winfrey.

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Photo Credits: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People’s Choice Awards

From then on, The Oprah Winfrey often included information about LGBT issues and the community. She was then the first openly gay actress to play an openly gay character on television. In 2011, DeGeneres was named the Special Envoy for the Global AIDS Awareness by Hillary Clinton and is an influential speaker for the LGBT community.

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