Overlooked No More: Jobriath, Openly Gay Glam Rocker in the ’70s

His space alien persona and theatrical rock music drew comparisons to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character. But American audiences seemed unwilling to accept his sexuality.

#biographical-information, #brandt-jerry-music-producer, #jobriath-1946-83, #pop-and-rock-music

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Overlooked No More: Si-lan Chen, Whose Dances Encompassed Worlds

As a dancer and choreographer, she sought to represent a broad range of ethnic groups, but audiences often sexualized and exoticized her by focusing on her mixed race.

#biographical-information, #chen-si-lan, #china, #culture-arts, #dancing, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #trinidad-and-tobago

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Overlooked No More: Usha Mehta, Freedom Fighter Against British Rule in India

At 22, she helped establish the underground station Congress Radio, which amplified Mahatma Gandhi’s message of rebellion.

#biographical-information, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gandhi-mohandas-k, #india, #mehta-usha-1920-2000, #politics-and-government, #radio

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Overlooked No More: Inji Efflatoun, Egyptian Artist of the People

She was born into the aristocracy but became an activist for commoners while depicting social injustices in her paintings.

#art, #biographical-information, #deaths-obituaries, #efflatoun-inji-1924-89, #egypt, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Overlooked No More: Bhanu Athaiya, Who Won India Its First Oscar

Athaiya, a costume designer on more than 100 films, won the award in 1983 for her work on “Gandhi.”

#academy-awards-oscars, #athaiya-bhanu-1929-2020, #attenborough-richard, #biographical-information, #costumes, #gandhi-movie, #india, #movies

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Overlooked No More: Granville Redmond, Painter, Actor, Friend

He was known for his California landscapes. Deaf since childhood, he acted with Charlie Chaplin in silent films, an early example of deaf representation in Hollywood.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #biographical-information, #california, #chaplin-charlie, #deafness, #movies, #redmond-granville-1871-1935

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Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement

Shunned in school because of her disability, she devoted her life to the cause, organizing a historic sit-in that led to landmark federal legislation.

#504-sit-in, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #biographical-information, #california, #cone-kitty-1944-2015, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disabilities, #discrimination, #san-francisco-calif

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Overlooked No More: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Whose Art Chronicled Black Life

She believed that life for her people in America was an act of near-superhuman perseverance, and she was determined to capture that history in every medium she could.

#art, #biographical-information, #black-people, #columbus-ohio, #columbus-museum-of-art, #robinson-aminah-brenda-lynn-1940-2015

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Overlooked No More: Jimmie McDaniel, Tennis Player Who Broke Barriers

More than 80 years ago he played what is believed to have been the first interracial tennis match, against Don Budge, the world champion. But he has become a forgotten footnote of the game’s storied past.

#american-tennis-association, #athletics-and-sports, #biographical-information, #black-people, #mcdaniel-jimmie-1916-90, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #tennis

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Overlooked No More: Jay Jaxon, Pioneering Black Designer of French Couture

He worked in fashion houses like Jean-Louis Scherrer, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior and dressed Annie Lennox, Thelma Houston and other stars.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #couture-fashion, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #jamaica-queens-ny, #jaxon-jay-jason, #paris-france

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Overlooked No More: Dedé Mirabal, Who Carried the Torch of Her Slain Sisters

After they were murdered by Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic’s ruthless dictator, Dedé Mirabal made sure that the world knew of their resistance to him.

#biographical-information, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #dominican-republic, #mirabal-sisters, #mirabal-dede-1925-2014, #politics-and-government, #trujillo-rafael

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Overlooked No More: Clarice Lispector, Novelist Who Captivated Brazil

Critics lauded her stream-of-consciousness style and described her as glamorous and mysterious. But she didn’t always welcome the attention she received.

#biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #brazil, #deaths-obituaries, #lispector-clarice, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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Overlooked No More: Barbara Waxman Fiduccia, Reproductive Rights Advocate

A sexual health educator and counselor in Los Angeles, she challenged a dominant culture that viewed people with disabilities as asexual beings.

#biographical-information, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #california, #disabilities, #discrimination, #fiduccia-barbara-waxman-1955-2001, #spinal-muscular-atrophy, #women-and-girls

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Overlooked No More: Anya Phillips, Fashion Influencer in New York’s Punk Scene

She helped give pulse to the movement’s anti-establishment credo, dressing musicians like Debbie Harry of Blondie and James Chance and becoming a downtown “It girl.”

#biographical-information, #chance-james-1953, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #harry-deborah, #music, #new-york-city, #phillips-anya-1955-81, #pop-and-rock-music, #taiwan

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Overlooked No More: Rosa May Billinghurst, Militant Suffragette

She was arrested multiple times but persisted in her activism, which ultimately helped women secure the right to vote in England.

#billinghurst-rosa-may-1875-1953, #biographical-information, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #england, #great-britain, #suffragists, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Overlooked No More: Eleanor Flexner, Pioneering Feminist in an Anti-Feminist Age

“Century of Struggle,” her 1959 history of the women’s rights movement, uncovered previously ignored narratives, like the contributions of African-American women.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #flexner-eleanor, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #research, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Overlooked No More: Lucy Diggs Slowe, Scholar Who Persisted Against Racism and Sexism

Impelled by her vision of the modern Black woman, Slowe nurtured a post-World War I generation at Howard University to be empowered, self-aware and globally conscious.

#alpha-kappa-alpha, #biographical-information, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #howard-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #slowe-lucy-diggs-1883-1937, #washington-dc, #women-and-girls

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Overlooked No More: Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, Suffragist With a Distinction

Lee stood out as a Chinese immigrant, giving speeches, writing articles and helping to lead a 10,000-strong march through the streets of New York City when she was just a teenager.

#2020-suffrage, #biographical-information, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #chinese-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #lee-mabel-ping-hua-1896-1966, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #women-and-girls

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Overlooked No More: Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass

She was the first Black woman to run for vice president, in 1952. She was also a pioneering journalist.

#bass-charlotta-1874-1969, #biographical-information, #black-people, #harris-kamala-d, #los-angeles-calif, #newspapers, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #presidential-election-of-1952, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Overlooked No More: Leonora O’Reilly, Suffragist Who Fought for Working Women

She was a charismatic and powerful public speaker who pushed for equal pay for equal work, better labor standards and overall empowerment for women.

#biographical-information, #labor-and-jobs, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #oreilly-leonora, #organized-labor, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Overlooked No More: Jovita Idár, Who Promoted Rights of Mexican-Americans and Women

As a teacher, writer, editor and activist, Idár preserved Mexican culture in South Texas and encouraged women to pursue an education and push for equal rights.

#2020-suffrage, #biographical-information, #idar-jovita-1885-1946, #laredo-tex, #mexican-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #womens-rights

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Overlooked No More: Roland Johnson, Who Fought to Shut Down Institutions for the Disabled

He survived 13 years of neglect and abuse, including sexual assault, at the notorious Pennhurst State School and Hospital outside Philadelphia before emerging as a champion for the disabled.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #biographical-information, #intellectual-disabilities, #johnson-roland-1945-94, #pennhurst-state-school-and-hospital, #pennsylvania

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Overlooked No More: Cheryl Marie Wade, a Performer Who Refused to Hide

Going public with her disability helped her cope with the pain and hardship she felt.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #art, #axis-dance-co, #biographical-information, #disabilities, #poetry-and-poets, #wade-cheryl-marie-1948-2013

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Overlooked No More: Nancy Green, the ‘Real Aunt Jemima’

A nanny and cook, she played the part as the pancake flour company that employed her perpetuated a racial stereotype. She died 97 years ago in Chicago.

#advertising-and-marketing, #aunt-jemima-milling-co, #biographical-information, #black-people, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #green-nancy-1834-1923, #illinois, #pancakes, #pepsico-inc, #quaker-oats-co, #race-and-ethnicity, #trademarks-and-trade-names

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Overlooked No More: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Pioneering Gay Activist

Before the word “homosexuality” existed, he argued that same-sex attraction was innate, and that those who experienced it should be treated the same as anyone else.

#biographical-information, #discrimination, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #ulrichs-karl-heinrich-1825-95

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Overlooked No More: Valerie Solanas, Radical Feminist Who Shot Andy Warhol

She made daring arguments in “SCUM Manifesto,” her case for a world without men. But her legacy as a writer and thinker was overshadowed by one violent act.

#biographical-information, #books-and-literature, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #scum-manifesto-book, #solanas-valerie, #warhol-andy, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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Overlooked No More: When Hazel Ying Lee and Maggie Gee Soared the Skies

Lee and Gee never met, but as the only two Chinese-American women pilots during the war, their lives ran a strikingly similar course, and both thwarted layers of prejudice.

#biographical-information, #chinese-americans, #gee-maggie-1923-2013, #lee-hazel-ying-1912-44, #pilots, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #women-airforce-service-pilots-wasps, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Overlooked No More: June Almeida, Scientist Who Identified the First Coronavirus

In 1966, she used a powerful electron microscope to capture an image of a mysterious pathogen — the first coronavirus known to cause human disease.

#almeida-june-1930-2007, #biographical-information, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #microbiology, #research

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Overlooked No More: Eunice Foote, Climate Scientist Lost to History

Foote’s ingenious experiment more than 150 years ago yielded a remarkable discovery that could have helped shape modern climate science had she not been overshadowed.

#biographical-information, #eunice-newton-foote, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #science-and-technology, #women-and-girls

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Overlooked No More: F.N. Souza, India’s Anti-Establishment Artist

Souza, who started a collective of renegade artists in 1947, embraced the sacred and profane in erotically charged images. Several of his paintings fetched record auction prices for Indian art.

#art, #biographical-information, #india, #politics-and-government, #progressive-artistsgroup, #souza-francis-newton

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