Marsha P. Johnson – a dedicated activist for gay liberation, who created a safe space for Black and Latino LGBTQIA+ youth in New York. A key figure in the 1969 Stonewall Riots, and an activist who fought on behalf of LGBT+ youth, Johnson is remembered as a pioneer of the LGBT+ movement in the United States.
Born in 1920 in New Orleans, DeLarverie was a large part of what is seen as the catalyst for the protests that ignited the gay rights movement. A gay rights activist best known for throwing the first punch the Stonewall uprisings and being one of the first and most assertive members of the modern gay rights movement. DeLarverie was a ground-breaking drag performer, whose style was an early, striking instance of gender fluid dressing.
Born into slavery, he was the first person in the United States to lead a queer resistance group and the first known person to self-identify as a "queen of drag Organising a series of balls in Washington D.C, Most of the attendees his gatherings were men who were former slaves, and were gathering to dance in their satin and silk dresses. “William Dorsey Swann is the original queen, the original drag mother, the original activist”
An American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence and gay rights. Rustin was a formidable organiser and central figure in the Civil Rights movement. Due to criticism over his sexuality, he usually acted as an influential adviser behind the scenes to civil-rights leaders. In the 1980s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay causes, speaking at events as an activist and supporter of human rights On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.