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Celebrating our Black LGBT icons

This Black History Month, we’re celebrating some of the most inspirational BAME lesbian and bisexual women.

Carrie Lyell

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:36 GMT | Updated 1 years today

Once named the most dangerous woman in American and jailed for 18 months, political activist, philosopher and 1970s revolutionary icon Angela Davis has inspired generation after generation with her teachings about black liberation, inclusive feminism, LGBT equality and more. 


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Vocal about gay rights since the 1960s, Davis reluctantly came out 18 years ago in an interview with OUT magazine, citing discrimination and prevailing stereotypes against lesbians and women of colour for keeping her in the closet.


Since then, she's become one of the most celebrated Black lesbians, using her position to highlight the importance of race and class issues in the gay rights movement and has spoken at several LGBT events in the US and beyond. 


In 2011, Oscar winner Halle Berry said: "I'll probably never get to play it in my life and I am going to be sad until the day I die, but I really want play Angela Davis. So badly. I think she's fascinating and I think I would love to tell a story from her perspective about that time in our history."


Now in her 70s, Davis continues the fight for equality, giving talks across the US on how to end racism and create a more just society. 


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