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via Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, theroot.com, Gay America: Struggle for Equality

Lorraine Hansberry was a feminist and gay rights proponent at a time when such things were considered suspect. She wrote into The Ladder in 1957 calling for a feminist analysis of homophobia:

I think it is about time that equipped women began to take on some of the ethical questions which a male-dominated culture has produced. There may be women to emerge who will be able to formulate a new and possible concept that homosexual persecution and condemnation has at its root not only social ignorance, but a philosophically active anti-feminist dogma.”

Late she wrote to the gay magazine ONE. An unpublished letter in 1961 calls out the connection between racism, classism, homophobia and anti-semitism.

I have suspected for a good time that the homosexual in America would ultimately pay a price for the intellectual impoverishment of women. Men continue to misinterpret the second-rate status of women as implying a privileged status for themselves; heterosexual think the same way about homosexuals; gentiles about Jews; whites about blacks; haves about have-nots.

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