Marsha P. Johnson is a legend of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. She was well ahead of her time back in the 1960s and ’70s, and her legacy is just as powerful today. Assigned male at birth in the ’40s, Johnson lived as a woman for most of her life, at a time before “transgender” was even a current term. She played a vital role in fighting for acceptance and bringing the abuses that trans people had to endure into public view. This is her incredible story.
This just in: you don’t have to be queer to read queer books! Why not celebrate Pride month by reading some of the best LGBTQ+ literature ever written? To be accepted starts with being seen, and for centuries, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans authors have played a vital part in making strides towards this acceptance. These are the 40 top-rated LGBTQ+ books of all time* , including everything from moving memoirs and subversive graphic novels to beautiful coming-of-age stories.
*our list ranks books according to their Goodreads rating.
For most of the late 1990s we were all living in a Spice World. The British musical phenomenon had conquered the globe with a winning blend of infectious pop, colorful personalities, and girl-power mantra. But like many of their pop predecessors, Spice Girls’ success appeared to be a case of too much, too soon; by the turn of the century they’d essentially waved goodbye to the charts. Here’s a look at how they “spiced up our lives” — and why they soon had to move over for a new generation of girlbands.
Country music has produced some big stars over the years who’ve gone on to enjoy major success: Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson are just a couple of examples. But while those figures have dominated the spotlight, a whole group of unsung artists have also been contributing to the genre for decades. And it’s time they got their due! So grab your cowboy hats and rhinestones: we’re about to run down the 20 most underrated country stars to ever take to the microphone.