Read about the 10 lesbian, bi and trans women who paved the way for all of us

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by Stefanie Gerdes

Throughout history, women have achieved plenty of great things – think of Marie Curie or Ada Lovelace.

Straight women are already drowned out by men, but when you’re lesbian, bi or trans? You’re going to get even less acknowledgement. For they did not just pave the way for women everywhere, they paved the way for all of us.

There are hidden figures throughout history, and these are 10 of the women you really ought to know about:

1 Elsa Gidlow

Born in England, poet Elsa Gidlow was the first person to publish an series of openly lesbian love poets in the US.

The title? On a Grey Thread.

2 April Ashley

April Ashley is considered the first trans woman in Britain to undergo gender-confirmation surgery.

But after her return to England, a friend sold Ashley’s story to the press, which promptly outed her – turning the successful model who was due to make her movie debut into a woman at the heart of a scandal and causing her to lose the film role.

3 Nancy Wechsler

When she was elected into the Ann Arbor City Council in 1972, Nancy Wechsler became the first lesbian elected official in the US. She was elected together with Jerry DeGrieck – and both came out a year later, in a joint press conference.

4 Shakuntala Devi

As a famed child prodigy – she was known as the human computer for her mental calculating skilles – Shakuntala Devi appeared in the 1982 Guiness Book of World Records.

But she was also a famed writer and, in 1977, wrote The World of Homosexuals, which is considered the first study of homosexuality in India.

Read more at Gay Star News 


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