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
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
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
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
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
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
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