Top 10 Most Famous Lesbians and Feminists in History
Lesbian relationship isn’t something that surprises people anymore. If couples have to hide even in 2017, what must it have been like a few years ago, when the LGBT community didn’t understand their sexuality themselves? The LGBT community owes a lot to the men and women who came before them, knew how society felt about them, and yet, chose to love a member of the same sex openly.
10. Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker (1906 – 1975) American-born French dancer, singer, and actor, was known by many monikers, such as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus,” and “Creole Goddess.” She was the first black woman to star in a major film, Zouzou. She married four times, and her adopted son Jean-Claude Baker describes his mother as a bisexual, and recalled his mother as having many “lady lovers.”
9. Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907 – 1954), was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. Much has been written about Kahlo, with her works being celerated by feminists for its depiction of the female experience and form.
8. Amrita Sher-Gill
Amrita Sher-Gil (1913 –1941) was an eminent Indian painter, sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo. Her affairs with men and women were quite well known, with her using some of them as models for her work. In fact, her work Two Women is considered to be a painting of herself with her lover Marie Louise.
7. Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She was the first prominent female athlete to reveal her sexuality, when details of her affair with her secretary, Marilyn Barnett, was made public.
6. Virginia Woolf
Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Woolf had a passionate relationship with Vita Sackville-West. This relationship inspired one of Woolf’s most famous novels, Orlando , featuring the life of a poet who changes sex from man to woman over centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history.
5. Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992) was a black writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. She described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” and was known for her activist work with Afro-German women in the 1980s.
4. Barbara Gittings
Barbara Gittings (1932 – 2007) was a prominent American activist for gay equality. Gittings served as the President of the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, picketed the White House in the 1960s to let the world know how easily homosexuals could be fired simply on the basis of their sexual orientation.
3. Jane Addams
Jane Addams known as the “mother” of Social Work (1860 – 1935) was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, sociologist, author, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace. She co-founded Hull House in 1889 with her first romantic partner Ellen Gates Starr. Addams was later in a relationship with Mary Rozet Smith, who was financially sound, and supported Addams’s work at Hull House. Addams won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
2. Queen Christina of Sweden
Christina (1626 – 1689) reigned as Queen of Sweden from 1632 to 1654. Queen Christina rejected the role of a woman, which was simply to provide an heir, by announcing that she did not intend to marry. Modern biographers generally consider her to have been a lesbian, with many affairs with women noted during her life.
Sources have found passionate letters to Ebba Sparre, and she was supposed to have had relationships with Gabrielle de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Rachel, a niece of Diego Teixeira and the singer Angelina Giorgino.
Sappho (c. 630 – c. 570 BC) was an archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. The word “lesbian” is literally derived from the Greek island of Lesbos, where Sappho was born. Sappho’s poetry was lyric poetry, and she is best known for her poems about love. Her poems spoke of the infatuations and love, both requited and unrequited, she felt for other women.
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