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It isn’t often you hear about the accomplishments and historical moments of our LGBT brothas and sistas during this time of year. So, I felt that it’s time to help give them their due and making history, black history.

As with my previous BHM article, the list will feature a few notable and brief mentions. Please check out more information on these and other black LGBT history makers and prominent individuals.

Alice Walker – Civil rights icon and author of The Color Purple for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Patrik Ian Polk – An openly gay film director who is known for his films on the African American LGBT experience and relationships.

Kye Allums – The first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA sports history. Today, Kye is a transgender advocate and the founder of Project I Am Enough, a project dedicated to encouraging self-love & self-definition for everyone.

James Baldwin – Writer of Giovanni’s Room, lived most of his life as an expatriate in Paris where he attempted to escape American prejudice towards blacks and gay individuals, overall celebrated civil rights icon.

Simon Nkoli – An openly gay black South African political activist, formed the Saturday Group, the first black gay group in all of Africa.

Wanda Sykes – Comedian, actress, gay rights activist.

Kylar Broadus – The first transgender person ever to testify before the US Senate when he spoke in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Darren Young – Openly gay WWE wrestler.

CeCe McDonald – Transgender advocate. (I wrote about her here.)

Robin Roberts – Television Broadcaster, an anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Next up, Black History Month: The Gentlemen’s Club