This Womens History Month, we want to celebrate all of the LGBTQ+ women that inspire us not just today, but every day. Read on to learn the stories of phenomenal women throughout history that absolutely changed the game.
1. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was known as the Godmother of Rock n Roll. She is the originator of Pop Gospel, the precursor to Rock and Roll. As a pioneer of the electric guitar, she was one of the first to use heavy distortion as a technique which directly influenced British Blues/Rock of the 1960s.
Like many black queer artists, Tharpe was never credited for her work, despite Johnny Cash naming her one of his favorite performers. She never saw fame and fortune, like many whom she inspired.
She was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 45 years after her death.
2. Kim Petras
German-born Kim Petras has been girl of the hour since winning her grammy for Best Pop Duo along with singer/songwriter Sam Smith.
Along with a songwriting career spanning almost ten years already, Kim worked closely with MTV and Logo to campaign for grants for Transgender Youth to update their gender on government issued IDs.
3. Frida Kahlo
Heralded as a feminist icon of independence and artistry, Frida Kahlo is one of the best and most well-known artists in the world. Known for her activism, affairs with many women despite her marriage to artist Diego Rivera, and her tendency to wear "men's clothing" to assert dominance, Frida has without a doubt proven herself to be a bad b*tch.
4. Dr. Pragati Singh
Dr Pragati Singh began her career in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health. At that same time she founded IndianAces. Indian Aces is India's first support group for the asexual community. Through IndianAces, she has worked towards bridging the gap between science, sexuality, sexual health, and sexual rights.