Despite her depression and alcoholism, Patricia Highsmith contributed incomparable creations like Carol Aird and Tom Ripley to American literature.
The poet Audre Lorde spent her life and her creative talent in confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia.
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.
Elsie de Wolfe and Elisabeth Marbury were considered the lesbian power couple of their period, both of them pioneers in their respective fields.
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.