Happy #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Let’s make sure it’s as #intersectional as possible! #Lorraine Hansberry

Updated: Oct 10


Lorraine Hansberry was a Black American writer, playwright, and activist. In her short life, she authored the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, A Raisin in The Sun, named for a line from a Langston Hughes poem. In 1963 she was one of those who met with then U.S. Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy to push him to make a moral commitment to Civil Rights. Also an activist in the “homophile” movement, she often spoke of the similarity between her struggles as Black woman, and those as a lesbian. She was also the inspiration for friend Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” #LGBTQHistory #QTPOCHistory

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