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LGBTQ Rights

Lorena Borjas

Lorena Borjas

Transgender and Immigrant Rights Activist Known as the mother of the transgender Latina community in Queens, New York, Lorena Borjas emigrated from Mexico to the United States at twenty years old with the goal of obtaining hormone therapy and transitioning to live as...

Ruth Charlotte Ellis

Ruth Charlotte Ellis

Ruth Charlotte Ellis was an African American woman who became widely known as the oldest surviving open lesbian, and LGBT rights activist. Ellis came out as a lesbian around 1915 (with help from a psychology textbook). Ellis spent her days working for a printing...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1993-2020) Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tireless champion for equality and civil rights. She knew from personal experience the sting of being underestimated or dismissed because of her gender. She was challenged for...

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer

Playwright, Author, Public Health Advocate, and LGBT Rights Activist Best remembered for his play The Normal Heart and his novel Faggots, Larry Kramer was a tireless—and often strident—advocate for gay visibility and HIV awareness and public action. He co-founded Gay...

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyons

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyons

Feminist and LGBT rights activists; Longtime partners Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon had been together for three years when they cofounded the Daughters of Bilitis, the first social and political organization for lesbians in the United States, in San Francisco in 1955....