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Una Vincenzo Lady Troubridge march 8

On this day March 8: Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge was born on March 8, 1887. The life partner of author Radclyffe-Hall, she worked as a sculptor and translator. (Not liking her first name, Radclyffe-Hall generally used just her surname in public.) In 1908, Una Vincenzo Taylor married Commodore Ernest Troubridge. But in 1915, on a visit to her wealthy older …

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Lesbian history and famous lesbians in history

Lesbian history often receives scant attention because of a lack of records. History famously often erases LGBTIQ+ people from the records. Because of oppression and persecution, they stayed hidden or closeted. Sometimes, the life stories of famous lesbians were tweaked by authorities, relatives or followers eager to claim their accomplishments but not their sexuality or …

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On this day March 1: Mercedes de Acosta

Mercedes de Acosta was born on March 1, 1892. Although a poet and playwright, she is mainly remembered for her relationships with other women. In the words of her friend and probable lover Alice B. Toklas: “Say what you will about Mercedes, she’s had the most important women of the twentieth century.” If not the …

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On this day February 18: black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet

Audre Lorde died on February 18 1992. She described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” A lifelong activist, she fought tirelessly against racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.  Scroll down to watch Audre Lorde’s last reading, recorded two months before her death. Audre Lorde said of poetry in 1968, “A poem is an expression, with …

Lesley Gore you don't own me february 16

On this day February 16: the MAGNIFICENT Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore died on February 16 2015 but her music lives on, power-filled and empowering. The singer/songwriter’s career began as a teenager with  ‘It’s My Party (so I’ll cry if I want to)’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’. Scroll down to watch ‘You Don’t Own Me’ and ‘It’s My Party’. You don’t own me. I’m …

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On this day February 15: I am a homosexual woman

The Billings Gazette published a letter to syndicated columnist ‘Ann Landers’ on February 15 1971 in which Sue of L.A. proudly declared “I am a homosexual woman.” I love this letter. People like Sue of L.A., proudly speaking their truth, created the groundswell that eventually resulted in LGBTIQ+ people being granted basic human rights. Ann …

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On this day February 13: Mary East, female husband

On February 13 1911, the Evening Sun reviewed Bram Stoker’s latest book, Famous Imposters. Although not the author’s finest work, it did reacquaint readers with the fabulous female husband, Mary East. Famous Imposters failed to impress the Evening Sun. The paper described the book, not inaccurately, as ‘good material spoiled in the handling’. It reserved …

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Dr Lilian Cooper & Jo Bedford: historic Brisbane power couple

As Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour bring the award-winning A Girl’s Guide to World War to Brisbane Powerhouse, QNews looks back at the amazing couple the musical is based on, Lilian Cooper and Jo Bedford. If Dr Lilian Cooper and Miss Josephine Bedford lived today, they would no doubt feature in newspaper articles titled Queensland Power …

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On this day February 8: Nobuko Yoshiya

Kanojo no michi, the cinematic adaptation of a book by writer Nobuko Yoshiya opened in Japan on February 8 1933. The author lived openly with her female lover for over 50 years and pioneered lesbian storytelling in Japanese literature. At the age of 19, Nobuko Yoshiya moved to Tokyo from a regional city. She joined …

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On this day January 3: Helen Stephens, 1936 Olympian

Berlin Olympics Gold Medal winner Helen Stephens never lost a race in her entire sporting career. Born on February 3 1918, the ‘Fulton Flash’ came out as a lesbian in the early 1970s and enjoyed a nearly 40-year relationship with Mabel O. Robbe. Helen’s nickname came from her hometown of Fulton, Missouri. Her mother said …

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