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In the wake of the Second World War, lesbian life in the 1950s became more structured. It also gave the lesbian community a chance to reinvent themselves.

The Muslim, Indian-born but London-raised, lesbian novelist and filmmaker Shamim Sarif brings a multiplicity of perspectives to what she does.

LGBT student organizations took part in the protests of the 1970s, like the Student Homophile Leagues of Columbia and Cornell universities.

Fergie of the Black-Eyed Peas has come a long way, but she’s now accepted herself completely: married and bisexual.

Elsie de Wolfe and Elisabeth Marbury were considered the lesbian power couple of their period, both of them pioneers in their respective fields.

As soon as Cynthia Nixon stepped out of her role as Miranda Hobbes in Sex and the City, she drew attention for coming out as lesbian by choice.

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.

A lesbian icon, Kate Clinton is a celebrity with an international stature, known for fighting causes for the LGBT. Her choice of weapon? Her sense of humor.

For Mathilde de Morny and Colette, their relationship was defined by a lesbian kiss on stage even as it scandalized the public.

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, we list 5 previously recorded LGBT attacks against our community as a reminder that we should always be vigilant.