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LGBTQ history

Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy

 Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy

Whitman is often touted as the best and most important poet in U.S. history, but he also worked as a teacher and a journalist. And his poetry career didn't start out particularly well. See more »

Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy

 Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy

There's really not a lot concretely known about the life of Aphra Behn, who was the first woman in English literature to have made her living writing. See more »

Edmonia Lewis

 Edmonia Lewis

The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time. See more »

Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

 Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story, as shared by his daughter Victoria Price. See more »

Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

 Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s. See more »

Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

 Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace, democracy, and economic equality, including being one of the primary planners of the 1963 March on Washington. See more »

Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie

 Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie

British hair guru Raymond Bessone became the first celebrity hair stylist by leveraging the post-war desire for glamor and his own innate skill at marketing. His larger-than-life persona and skill with shears made his coiffures the pinnacle of style. See more »

Joe Carstairs, Part 2

 Joe Carstairs, Part 2

As Carstair's speedboat racing career faltered, the heiress traveled the world and found other diversions, until she decided to purchase an island in the Bahamas. Then she turned Whale Cay into a kingdom of her own design. See more »

Joe Carstairs, Part 1

 Joe Carstairs, Part 1

Marion Carstairs, who preferred the name Joe, was an early 20th-century heiress who bucked traditional gender roles and for a time, hid her wealth from even her closest friends. She also became a very successful speadboat racer. See more »

Henry Gerber and Chicago's Society for Human Rights

 Henry Gerber and Chicago's Society for Human Rights

In the 1920s, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago with the intent to decriminalize homosexuality. The society's founder was inspired by Germany's homosexual emancipation movement. See more »