Proud to be: Honouring Lesbian Stories of Love, Activism, and Legacy.

Lesbianism has been in existence since the beginning of time. The purpose of this writing, is to shine a light on the people who have walked this path before us. Who paved the way by activism, or by just existing authentically and showcasing their queerness.

First on the list, Anne Lister and Ann Walker.

Anne Lister and Ann Walker stand out as pioneers of their time. Their love story began in the 1820s, blossoming into a deep bond by 1832. They defied societal norms, marking a beautiful moment with a symbolic communion on Easter Sunday, and today the Holy Trinity Church in Goodramgate, York has been marked with an Official blue plaque as the site of the first lesbian wedding to be held in Britain. Despite the lack of legal recognition, they lived together at Lister’s Shibden Hall until her passing in 1840.

But Anne lister and Ann Walker were not the only iconic lesbian couples of their time.
There was also Gertrude Stein and Alice B.Toklas.

Another iconic couple, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, epitomized love and creativity. Stein, a renowned writer and lesbian icon, found her soulmate in Toklas, sharing an interesting life for nearly four decades. Their Paris salon welcomed luminaries like Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway, embodying a love that surpassed societal constraints. Although their public displays of affection were rare and they kept some details of their partnership private, in the 1920s, the depth of their connection was revealed in intimate love letters discovered decades later.
“Because I didn’t say good night and I miss it so, please know now how much I love you,” Stein had written to Toklas in one of the discovered pages.

And now to some of the bravest whose names remain unmentioned, the Nigerian lesbians in the 18 and 1900s, the beautiful souls who didn’t understand who they were, couldn’t express themselves, and died without living as they should have, with who they loved. Their untold stories echo the struggles faced by many, yet their legacy inspires us to embrace our identities proudly.

We hope that this serves as a tribute to these remarkable people, celebrating their love, resilience, and contributions to LGBTQGNC+ history. As we raise our flags in pride, we carry forward their courage and passion, ensuring that their legacy remains vibrant and revered.

Gertrude Undie for Wher Nigeria.

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