Share via Email October is Black History Month in Britain — a wonderful celebration of the huge, important and valuable contribution that black people have made to humanity and to popular culture. It is also worth celebrating that many leading black icons have been lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender LGBT , most notably the US black liberation hero Malcolm X. Other prominent black LGBTs include jazz singer Billie Holiday , author and civil rights activist James Baldwin , soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross , blues singer Bessie Smith , poet and short story writer Langston Hughes , singer Johnny Mathis , novelist Alice Walker , civil rights activist and organiser of the March on Washington Bayard Rustin , blues singer Ma Rainey , dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey , actress, singer and dancer Josephine Baker , Olympic diving gold medallist Greg Louganis , singer and songwriter Little Richard , political activist and philosopher Angela Davis , singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and drag performer and singer RuPaul. Few of these prominent black LGBT achievers are listed on the most comprehensive UK Black History Month website, which hosts biographies of notable black men and women. In the section on people, only Davis is mentioned and her lesbianism is not acknowledged.