Celebrating Queer Black Women


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Artwork from our physical issue, Future 003, by CJ Calanday.

Article by Emily Bourne and Ty Wilson.

Celebrating Queer Black Female Historical Figures

Black queer women have always been instrumental to the cultural identity and fight for liberation of  LGBTQI+ community. Without their contributions and sacrifices,the LGBTQI+ community would not enjoy many of the rights and freedoms we have today. We would like to bright light to a few of our queer heroes in this article.

Stormé Delavarie

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Storm Delavarie was an activist involved in the Stonewall Riots. 

Josephine Baker

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Josephine Baker was a  performer, civil rights activist & World War II spy.

Marsha P. Johnson

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Marsha P Johnson was a trans rights activist and founder of STAR House.

Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde was a writer and activist. Self-described as a Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet--Audre Lorde’s contributions to radical Queer Black Womanist thought have influenced and inspired others for generations since.

“I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out my ears, my eyes, my noseholes—everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor!

— Audre Lorde, from “A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer,” The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

Bessie Smith 

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Bessie Smith was a blues singer.

Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry was an author and playwright.

“Years before Stonewall, she penned letters of solidarity to the early lesbian publication The Ladder. She had a mean sense of humor that continues to defy the ‘serious activist’ stereotype. She didn’t stop until her body made her stop.”