Historical LGBTQ Women Who Blazed The Trail For Modern Activists

Even though the LGBTQ community seems like a recent development, people have been living queer lives since long before the age of the internet. There are many notable figures throughout history, many of the women, who blazed the trail for all of the young and thriving LGBTQ people we know today.

These women don’t often get recognized for their contributions to society. Where would we be without these, scientists, socialites, poets, and politicians? Keep reading to learn more about the very not-straight women in history who totally changed the game.

Nurse Florence Nightingale

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Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The nursing profession as we know it wouldn’t be what it is today without Florence Nightingale. She established nursing as a profession and set up a nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. Many scholars believe that Florence Nightingale was a lesbian.

Nightingale never got married, and she had a very close friendship with an aunt and a demale cousin. Legend has it that she used to pretend to be a boy, but only because she was in love with the boy’s sister.