5 Queer Black Women Making History

by Arielle Loren

Jasika Nicole is an actress and illustrator most popularly known for her roles in FOX’s television series, Fringe, and the film Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas. Honoring her lesbian identity, she’s used her fame and illustration talents to bring awareness to LGBT issues through her artistic endeavors. She graduated from Catawaba College in North Carolina after studying dance, theater, voice, and studio art. She is a role model and multitalented artist that’s secure in her sexual identity, inspiring other young women looking to walk in the same light.

Wanda Sykes is a gem of a comedian, representing the power of Black women in comedy. Her shows and performances have graced major networks including FOX, CBS, and HBO while garnering numerous Emmy awards. She’s starred in various feature films, and carved out a space of her own in Hollywood. Yet, she’s also served as an LGBT activist for same sex marriage and against youth homophobia. She continues to represent the best of Black women with a sense of humor, and makes us proud.


Meshell Ndegeocello is an incredible vocalist, lyricist, and musician that’s influenced the musical interests of countless Black women. Showing a rare level of authenticity and natural beauty in entertainment, she’s received numerous Grammy Award nominations and is respected as one of the early powerhouses of neo-soul music. Born in Berlin and DC bred, she’s openly bisexual and Muslim, sharing her numerous intersecting identities with her fans and followers. She continues to teach us about love, history, and politics, reminding us of the power in music and true artistry.

Join us in celebrating queer Black women for Women’s History Month and drop the names of more contemporaries that are influencing our history.

  • Gigi

    Hey… they all have ‘natural’ hair…
    And I wonder how the bi + Muslim thing is working out for Meshell… I’ll Google it I guess.

  • S.LW

    Such a beautiful thing for Black women to embrace and uplift each other no matter our differences. More power to these ladies.

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  • http://lesbianbrooklynite.com Lesbian Brooklynite

    This is a great article. I love to she positivity!

  • Bisous

    They are all so beautiful. I wish these women the best in all their future endeavors!

  • omfg

    i’ve seen meshell in concert maybe five times. she’s so talented.

  • Madame Arnoux

    Staceyann Chin is absolutely wonderful. I had the good fortune to see her perform live, and holy shit. Amazing. I’m so happy for her becoming a mother. Her daughter couldn’t ask for a better role model.

    And, of course, my girl Me’shell. I’ve been loving her since Plantation Lullabies. She’s got such a unique sound and she can play the shit out of the bass.

  • iQgraphics

    I saw her one woman show too. Very intense.

  • http://www.aoinspiration.com Oneika

    Thanks Clutch! Nice piece!

  • http://www.naturalbecomesher.com Kiki

    Each of these ladies are powerhouses in their own right! I am a REALLY big fan of Staceyann and Meshell, I love me some Wanda too! I wish them all the best!!

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I LOVE Staceyann! Thanks, Clutch, for featuring more posts of interest to Lesbian women.

  • Alexandra

    Great article! They are much too ignored, especially in conversations about Black women.
    I’m a big Wanda Sykes fan and I admire Ms. Chin as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Velma

    Nice! I have supported all the women in the article, more so Meshell. I love love love her music.

  • Don’t hit me, girl!

    Meshell is very talented; I hope she’s gotten past that whole domestic abuse issue she used to have…so I heard…

  • Dalili

    I’m an avid fan of Me”Shell NdegéOcello, so nice to see her featured here. :)

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