You’ve swept through the family tree in search of a meaningful baby name and the Beryl’s and Gordon’s just aren’t going to cut it for the kid you’re baking. One way to give them a name that is filled with meaning is to dip in the rich pool of queer history and give them a name they can wear with pride.
Honouring the man who kicked the gay civil rights push into overdrive, Harvey Milk lived and died fighting for the rights we enjoy today.
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people their freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”
Ellen DeGeneres came out before it was cool, all but disappeared and then experienced the most spectacular come back, all while living out, proud and vegan.
“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting our animals and hurting one another and all that, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world.we need more kindness, more compassion, ‘ore joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”
An American writer of novels, poetry and plays, Gertude Stein lived and created in Paris with her partner, Alice.
“Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.”
Irish by birth, Oscar Wilde was one of London’s most popular playwrights of the 1890s. His acclaimed novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and enduring play, The Importance of Being Earnest, are what he will always be remembered for.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Virginia Woolf was a tortured artist. A brilliant novelist and poet, she struggled with mental illness. Although married to a man, she had a long and intense relationship with Vita Sacksville-West. Vita’s effect on Virginia is contained in her acclaimed novel, Orlando.
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
An exceptional writer and best friend of To Kill A Mockingbird’s Harper Lee, Truman Capote impressed the world with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and invented modern journalism with his nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood.
“It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.”
The King of Pop Art, Andy Warhol’s images forever changed the tomato soup can. He lived as an openly gay man before the gay rights movement really took off and his studio, The Factory, was a popular and safe hangout for queers, queens, celebrities and intellectuals.
“I think everybody should be nice to everybody.”
Something a little different, The Castro is an area in San Francisco where the modern gay rights movement was born. With its rainbow lined streets, it remains one of the most loved GLBTIQ hubs in the world.