Slowly but surely, the phrase “the first black person to…” has begun to disappear from our collective lexicon. For gays of color, though, there can be more obstacles: When he came out, CNN news anchor Don Lemon jested that he was “a double minority.”
It’s Black History Month and Queerty is taking a look at eight gays of color who weren’t just pioneers in their chosen fields, but who paved the way for us all.
Click through to meet eight LGBT African-Americans who changed the gay community.
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