As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the contributions of LGBT black figures who have shone throughout the course of our nation's history.
These black LGBT icons, while often invisible or erased from the dominant queer narrative, have been at the heart of our struggle for rights and inclusion.
In fact, what many refer to as the LGBT movement's beginning, the rebellion against the police at the Stonewall Inn, was predominately instigated by queer and trans youth of color.
In celebration of Black History Month and the journey of queer people throughout time, check out the selection of 23 influential black LGBT icons below. Who else would you add to the list?