Janelle Monáe (b. 1985) is an
award-winning musician and actress. She has released three studio albums and
starred in two highly acclaimed films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
Among her many awards are a VMA, 2 Black Reel
Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally, she has been nominated
for a Grammy 6 times. In 2018 she was named “Trailblazer of the Year”
at the Billboard Women in Music event.
Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976, pictured above with Eleanor Roosevelt) was an early radio host.
She was called “The First Lady of Radio”, and her daily audience was
between six and eight million listeners.
She started her women’s-advice show in 1934,
using the persona of “Martha Deane”, and aired daily until 1940. The
show was later picked up by networks such as CBS and NBC, and featured a large
number of famous guests. Along with her partner Stella Karn, she was a pioneer
not only in the world of broadcasting and media, but also for giving visibility
to lesbian and bisexual journalists.
Natalie Clifford Barney(1876-1972) was an American author and
a notable figure among the group of expats living in Paris at the turn of the
century. She is remembered not only for her literature, but for her
unconventional life and lesbian relationships.
Born in Ohio,
she moved to Paris and published several books of poetry and short plays. She
held a literary salon for almost 60 years and promoted women’s writing. She
resolved to live freely and openly despite societal taboos, and said about her
homosexuality that “it is not a vice, is not deliberate, and harms no
Maureen Duffy (b. 1993) is a British
author and activist. Throughout her life, she campaigned for various causes
such as LGBT rights and animal rights.
literary works were critically-acclaimed bestsellers, and many, such as the
novels That’s How It Was and The Microcosm, portray the lives of gay
women. Duffy was the first openly gay woman in British public life, coming out
in the early 1960s. In 1980 she became the first president of the Gay Humanist
Connie Kurtz (1936-2018) was an
LGBT rights activist in New York City. Along with her partner, Ruthie Berman,
she managed to secure important rights for the LGBT community of the city.
She worked as a high school teacher
in Brooklyn. She sued the New York City Board of Education in 1988 for domestic
partner benefits, and won the legal battle in 1994, paving the way for other
gay couples. The two also started the New York and Florida branches of PFLAG
(Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays).
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Janet Mock (b. 1983) is a
transgender rights activist. She is the author of the bestselling Redefining Realness, a memoir that casts
light on her experience as a trans woman of colour in the United States.
Born in Honolulu, she transitioned from male to
female at a young age, and later said about the experience: “My genital reconstructive surgery did not make
me a girl. I was always a girl.” She worked as a writer and TV producer for multiple
major companies. Her activism was recognised with numerous awards and
The Japanese Government is being urged to end a rule requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation to legally change gender.
People who seek to alter their legal sex must appeal to a family court under legislation entitled Law 111.
Although the law affords some rights to transgender people and was hailed as step towards equality for LGBT people when it was introduced in 2003, it imposes a series of restrictions on those seeking legal recognition.
Joanna Russ (1937-2011) was an author and radical feminist. She is regarded as one of
leading feminist science fiction writers, and has won Hugo and Nebula awards
for her work.
Her feminist volumes include How to
Supress Women’s Writing and What are We
Fighting For?. Her best-known work, the 1970 novel The Female Man, is an exploration of gender roles and representations