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Learn more about LGBTQ+ history and historical figures
LGBTQ+ history is full of individuals who fought passionately to advance the community. In this additional resources section, we would like to recognize the contributions of queer people of color and transgender/gender diverse individuals. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to do some additional research in your free time.
A close advisor to Martin Luther King and one of the most influential and effective organizers of the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin was affectionately referred to as “Mr. March-on-Washington.” Learn more here.
In recent months, the movement for Black Trans lives has had huge breakthroughs. But it's not new. No voice of change has been more powerful than that of Ceyenne Doroshow, who's been in the fight for decades. Now, after raising more than a million dollars practically overnight, she's confronting some electrifying new possibilities—and a few fresh challenges too. Learn more here.
Ernestine Eckstein was an influential lesbian of color who was active in the LGBT rights movement in the pre-Stonewall years. Learn more here.
Dr. Rev. Pauli Murray was a queer American Civil Rights activist, women’s rights activist, lawyer and one of the first female African-American Episcopal ministers. Murray struggled with issues related to her sexual and gender identity, describing herself as having an "inverted sex instinct". She had an annulled marriage to a man and several intimate relationships with women. In her childhood, she occasionally had passed as a teenage boy. A number of scholars, have retroactively classified her as transgender. As a lawyer, Murray’s work set legal precedent for both Brown v. Board of Education and Reed v. Reed, both cases integral to the Civil Rights and women’s rights movements. As a women’s rights activist, Murray also worked alongside Betty Friedan to co-found the National Organization for Women. Learn more here.
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The first pride flag was unveiled in 1978 and featured 8 colors (hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit). A year later, pink and turquoise were dropped from the flag, and indigo was replaced with regular blue. Learn about the original pride flag here.
In 2017, the black and brown stripes in the pride flag made their first appearance in Philadelphia. This was in response to the racism many LGBTQ+ people of color (POC) face, even from other LGBTQ+ individuals. These stripes were also added to recognize the contributions that LGBTQ+ POC have made to the LGBTQ+ movement.
In 2018, Daniel Quasar designed the progress pride flag. This flag includes not only the black and brown stripes but also the trans flag colors (pink, light blue, and white). You can learn a little bit more here and here. Our 9-Week LGBTQ+ Equity Challenge logo uses all 11 colors of the progress pride flag.
The progress pride flag flies at the corner of Baird and Main Street in Green Bay. It was originally flown in recognition of the LGBTQ+ Mural Unveiling celebration at Napalese Lounge and Grille on August 21st, 2021.