Edna Thomas and Olivia Wyndham were able to admit their love for each other that transcended both the racial and sexual boundaries of the period.
For Mathilde de Morny and Colette, their relationship was defined by a lesbian kiss on stage even as it scandalized the public.
In a time when they couldn't be open about themselves, Marion Morgan and Dorothy Arzner were fortunate enough to find each other.
Aside from Bessie Smith, here are six more lesbian blues singers who've made an impact on American music history, including Ma Rainey and Billie Holliday.
The US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage-- a milestone that was celebrated around the world. A year later, what is the state of LGBT equality in America?
In 19th century America, it was not uncommon for two single women to live together, independent of men. This arrangement was called a Boston marriage.
Ask ten people to define gay pride, and you will most likely get ten different answers. What is gay pride, and how did the annual pride parades come about?
Brandon Teena, or Teena Brandon as he was born, would have been a charming young boy-- had he been a boy. But fate had a different story for him.
A pioneer of queer cinema, Barbara Hammer was known for being an experimental filmmaker who rode a Lambretta motorcycle and toted a Super-8 camera.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. His career was cut short when he was shot to death in 1978.