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Maud Allan

November 30, 2010

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Known as the Salome Dancer, Maud Allan's dancing career was ruined by a libel suit. She ended up settling down with her lover, Verna Aldwich, and teaching dance to children.

Duncan Grant

November 11, 2010

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The complicated Duncan Grant-David Garnett-Vanessa Bell relationship took a truly peculiar twist when Angelica Bell, daughter of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, married David Garnett, who had been the lover of her father not long before her birth.

Charlotte Cushman

November 9, 2010

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19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman wasn't just one of the greatest dramatists on stage of her day, her many lesbian relationships were full of a lot of private drama as well.

Alain Locke

November 3, 2010

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Father of the Harlem Renaissance Alain Locke influenced a wide range of writers, artists and musicians. He was also a closeted gay man, which isn't mentioned in most history books.

Freda du Faur

November 1, 2010

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Mountaineer Freda du Faur was the first woman to climb Mount Cook in New Zealand in 1910. Today, two peaks in the country's Southern Alps are named for Du Faur and her lover Muriel Cadogan.

Eva Gore-Booth

October 31, 2010

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Irish poet and suffragist Eva Gore-Booth was active in fighting for women's rights, worker rights, peace efforts and prison reform. She and her long-term partner Esther Roper also published the early gay-rights magazine Urania in 1916.

Roger Quilter

October 25, 2010

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Largely forgotten today, Roger Quilter's melancholy and lyrical songs evoke Edwardian England. He died in 1952, mentally unstable probably in part due to the pressures of being gay at a time when being gay could land you in jail.