March is Women’s History Month, a time to give special notice to the role women have played in our history and our culture. As members of the LGBT community, there’s no denying that lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women have made remarkable contributions to society and our world.
LGBT women have been among the most culturally important figures in our history. From Sappho, to Frida Kahlo, to Renee Richards, to Audre Lorde, to Roberta Achtenberg.
Today, LGBT women are still making history and shaping our culture. Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular figures in all of entertainment. Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most beloved authors and poets in the world. Amanda Simpson is an aerospace expert and one of the first transgender presidential appointees to any federal government. And Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir is the first out lesbian head-of-state in the world.
Within the movement for LGBT equality, many of our trailblazers have been women. Barbara Gittings. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Mandy Carter. Kay Lahusen. Stormé DeLarveri. Anne Kronenberg. LaWana Mayfield. GLAAD asks the LGBT media to examine the role played by women in moving our culture to where it is today. Figures like Janice Langbehn and Laurel Hester changed countless hearts and minds by telling their stories. And moms like Sirdeaner Walker, Judy Shepard, Elke Kennedy and Tammy Aaberg have fought through personal family tragedies to deliver messages of hope and inspire people to change.
This month, GLAAD will also be highlighting the achievements of LGBT women throughout history on our blog.