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In honor of #Stonewall50, @NBCOut’s #pride50 list celebrates 20 veteran change-makers, along with 30 contemporaries, of the LGBTQ rights movement.  http://Nbcnews.to/pride50  #Pride (1/21)

Author James Baldwin, best known for his 1956 novel, ‘Giovanni’s Room’, spent most of his career creating awareness about the intersectionality of being black and queer. #pride50 (2/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2WHuoW0 

Sylvia Rivera advocated for transgender people in a gay rights movement that largely forgot them. She is well known for her reported role in the Stonewall uprising.

“We were the frontliners,” Rivera said. “We had nothing to lose.” #pride50 (3/21)  https://nbcnews.to/31zFvPC 

Stormé DaLarverie, a biracial lesbian and drag king, advocated for LGBTQ rights throughout her career.

“It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience — it wasn't no damn riot,” the activist said. #pride50 (4/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2KhEl63 

Activist-author Audre Lorde was a "black, lesbian, feminist, mother, poet, warrior."

Never shying away from difficult subjects, she made lasting contributions to the fields of feminist theory, critical race studies and queer theory. #pride50 (5/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2WHSVdO 

Frank Kameny, one of the fathers of the LGBTQ rights movement, started fighting for gay rights more than a decade before the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. #pride50 (6/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2XLJ82P 

Gladys Bentley was a famous gender-bending performer during the Harlem Renaissance. #pride50 (7/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2ZnHjtd 

US Army vet Christine Jorgensen was the first American woman to publicly announce her gender reassignment surgery. #pride50 (8/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2RgfpML 

Drag performer and LGBTQ rights activist Marsha P. Johnson is reported to be one of the central figures of the historic Stonewall uprising of 1969.

After the uprising, Johnson co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. #pride50 (9/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2XfCSmW 

Together with her long-time partner and wife, Phyllis Lyon helped found one of the first lesbian organizations in the US. #pride50 (10/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2XbzDN7 

With other members of the Gay Liberation Front, Fred Sargeant hosted the first ever Christopher Street Liberation Day march — known today as the NYC Pride March. #pride50 (11/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2ZqWMc4 

Together with her long-time partner and wife, Del Martin helped found one of the first lesbian organizations in the US. #pride50 (12/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2KPSG97 

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a black transgender woman and activist at the forefront of the fight for transgender rights, before moving to New York City, where she became embedded in the LGBTQ community associated with the Stonewall Inn. #pride50 (13/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2WMJZDN 

In 1966, Mattachine Society member Dick Leitsch led a historic “sip-in” demonstration to protest New York laws that prevented bartenders from serving alcohol to known homosexuals. #pride50 (14/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2RgeI6c 

Barbara Gittings is remembered as the ‘Mother of the Gay Rights Movement.’ #pride50 (15/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2IHjvtE 

Kay Tobin Lahusen, an early LGBTQ rights activist and photojournalist, took many of the most iconic images associated with the early "homophile" movement. #pride50 (16/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2IKRzVz 

Dr. John Fryer’s 1972 speech before fellow members of the American Psychiatric Association is credited with helping to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. #pride50 (17/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2KQAj47 

Bayard Rustin was an LGBTQ and civil rights activist best known for being a key adviser to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. #pride50 (18/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2wRuBqo 

Elaine Noble became the first openly gay person to be elected to statewide office in America when she was elected to represent Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood in the Massachusetts General Assembly in 1974. #pride50 (19/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2Ifc0v0 

Many of the events of the Stonewall uprising are lost to history. One thing we know for sure is that Raymond Castro was arrested on the first night of the rebellion: June 28, 1969. #pride50 (20/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2MLPeiz 

Gilbert Baker is the seamster responsible for creating the most enduring symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement: the rainbow pride flag. #pride50 (21/21)  https://nbcnews.to/2Zl7r7S 

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