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Clementine Ford of The L Word fame caused a bit of a stir a few years back when she tried to define her sexual fluidity on her own terms.

Despite her depression and alcoholism, Patricia Highsmith contributed incomparable creations like Carol Aird and Tom Ripley to American literature.

Director Lisa Cholodenko knows that art needs to reflect real life, even as she brought the lesbian world into the mainstream with The Kids are Alright.

The poet Audre Lorde spent her life and her creative talent in confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Used by gay men in Britain from the 1900s to the 1970s, the Polari language gave them a way to find one another without having to reveal themselves.

A recent recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Lily Tomlin has had quite a career, from stand-up comedian to actress.

Edna St. Vincent Millay was a 20th-century poet who became the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. She was also a bisexual.

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.