American philosopher and gender theorist.
Their work has been highly influential on third wave feminist, queer theory, and literary theory.
Butler uses she/her and they/them pronouns, but has stated they prefer the latter. Their best known books are Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) and *Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (1993), in which they challenge conventional gender norms and develop their theory of gender performativity.
March 15, 2022 Feminism, LGBTQIA rights
The first openly gay elected official in the history of California.
Despite being the most pro-LGBT politician in America at the time, he was not open about his sexuality until after his experiences in the 1960s counterculture movements.
After Milk sponsored a successful bill in San Francisco banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, both Milk and Mayor George Moscone, who signed the bill into law, were assassinated by a disgruntled former city supervisor, causing him became an icon and a martyr in the gay community.
March 4, 2022 LGBTQIA rights, Government
American butch lesbian, transgender rights activist, communist, and author.
Feinberg's writing laid the groundwork for much of the terminology and awareness around gender studies, and was instrumental in bringing these issues to a more mainstream audience.
March 4, 2022 LGBTQIA rights
American psychologist who coined the term "homophobia" in the 1960s.
Leader in the successful struggle to have homosexuality removed as a diagnostic category from the DSM, the professional therapeutic handbook.
The word "homophobia" was first printed in a discussion Weinberg had with other gay activists in a 1969 issue of "Screw", a pornographic magazine owned by Al Goldstein, who was also Jewish.
American cultural anthrpologist, best known as an activist and theorist of sex and gender politics.
Her 1984 essay "Thinking Sex" is widely regarded as a founding text of gay and lesbian studies, sexuality studies, and queer theory.
Gayle Rubin was raised in a middle-class Jewish home in South Carolina during Jim Crow. She has written that her experiences growing up in the segregated South gave her "an abiding hatred of racism in all its forms and a healthy respect for its tenacity.”
September 29, 2021 Feminism, LGBTQIA rights
American certified sexologist and advocate for sex work and female healthcare.
Annie Sprinkle has contributed to feminist pornography and the larger social movement of feminism. She is also known for contributing to the rise of the post-porn movement and lesbian pornography.
At eighteen, Sprinkle was working at an adult film theater where “Deep Throat” (1972) was playing when it was busted. While appearing in court as a witness, she met director Gerard Damiano and became his mistress for 22 years.
May 26, 2021 Adult Entertainment, Feminism, LGBTQIA rights
American Youtube/TV personality and figurehead of the LGBT movement.
One of the youngest publicly documented people to identify as transgender.
Jennings is an honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which she and her parents founded in 2007 to assist transgender youth. She was born in South Florida to Jewish parents Greg and Jeanette. According to Jeanette, their real last name is “a very Jewish, long last name”.
May 20, 2021 LGBTQIA rights
LGBT rights activist referred to as “one of the most significant figures” in the American gay rights movement.
Known for filing the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation pursued in a US court, and being the first openly gay candidate for US Congress.
In 1963, Kameny personally drafted a bill to overturn DC anti-sodomy laws that finally passed in 1993.
He also successfully spearheaded a campaign to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA’s DSM list.
April 18, 2021 LGBTQIA rights
American lawyer, writer, trans activist, and Associate Professor of Law.
Founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a law collective providing free legal service to low income transgender people.
Spade helped to achieve a major victory for transgender youth in foster care in the "Jean Doe v. Bell" case.
December 15, 2020 LGBTQIA rights
American transgender rights activist.
The first openly transgender White House staffer. Named senior White House LGBT liason in 2016.
Freedman-Gurspan is a Honduran native raised by Jewish parents in Brookline, Massachussets.
German sexologist known as one of the first pioneers of transgender rights. Coined the term "transvestite".
Founded the Institute for Sexual Research (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft).
The Institute for Sexual Research was founded in 1919 to explore the science of sexuality, building on Hirschfeld's previous campaigns for science-backed LGBT tolerance.
In 1935, the Nazis burned it to the ground and destroyed all its documents.
American LGBT rights activist, sex-positive feminist, and polyamorist.
Known as the "Mother of Pride" for her work in coordinating the first LGBT pride march in 1970.
The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist, or why Gay Pride Month is in June, tell them, 'A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.'
December 14, 2020 Feminism, LGBTQIA rights