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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.

The poet Elizabeth Bishop was a perfectionist with regard to her poems, but secretive with her love for other women-- though she loved well, indeed.

This is the story of Felice Schragenheim, a Jew hiding secretly in Berlin during the Second World War, who fell in love with Lilly Wust, a German girl.