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The Pansy Craze on Stage and Screen
Early 20th Century
Culture, Entertainment, & Nightlife
Henry Gerber & The Society for Human Rights
Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues.
An early gay rights activist in the U.S., Gerber founded the Society for Human Rights (SHR) in 1924, the nation's first known homosexual organization, and Friendship and Freedom, the first known American homosexual publication.
Dr Magnus Hirschfeld was a trail-blazer who advanced the understanding of human sexuality and the advocacy of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights at a time when it was deeply unpopular to do so.
The Queer Black Woman Who Reinvented The Blues: In the 1910s and 20s, Ma Rainey took the stage with an ostrich feather in one hand and a gun in the other.
Richard Bruce Nugent
An openly gay African American writer, artist, and actor associated with the Harlem Renaissance.