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From the stage to before the news camera, Jackie Forster made her mark with the public. But it was as a lesbian activist that she created her legacy.

Pioneer. Trailblazer. Activist. These titles are usually reserved for those who effect lasting changes on people’s lives, like Ruth Charlotte Ellis.

Joe Carstairs seemed like a flamboyant dream figure: rich, dashing, a speedboat champion, and adventurer who owned an island. She was also a lesbian.

While other lesbians made a mark in history for being writers and activists, Mercedes de Acosta had a reputation of being a lover of famous women..

The Roman Catholic Church's loss was the LGBT community's gain with lesbian activist Jean O'Leary, who helped create National Coming Out Day.

June Jordan was a widely-published and highly-acclaimed African American bisexual woman poet, author, teacher, and activist of her generation.

Some people were born to break the rules. However, actress Tallulah Bankhead was born gay and a rule-breaker with her many lovers, both men and women.

Monique Wittig was a French philospher, literary theorist, and avant-garde novelist who made a name for herself in the feminist movement.

Photographer Berenice Abbott is known for capturing the ever-changing face of New York City with her camera at a time when it was undergoing rapid change.

Valerie Solanas was one of the more colorful examples of lesbian history, being a radical feminist who later shot the artist Andy Warhol.