Category: bi

JULY 16: Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)


American screen legend Barbara Stanwyck was
born on this day in 1907. The lesbian starlet spent many years of her life as
the highest paid woman in the U.S. and as an icon for the LGBT community. 


In her heyday, Barbara Stanwyck was famous for her film noirs, and in her later years, she rose to prominence once again for her western films (x).

Barbara was born as Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907
in Brooklyn, New York. She was the fifth child born to working-class
parents and would experience a traumatic childhood after the death of her
mother and the mysterious disappearance of her father – two weeks after Barbara’s
mother died from complications from a miscarriage, her father took a job digging
the Panama Canal and was never seen again. Barbara’s older sister Mildred did
her best to raise her younger siblings, but Barbara and her brother Byron were
eventually placed into foster care. Barbara ran away from the foster care system at the age of 14 and joined her sister Mildred
working as a showgirl. 

Her big break came to Barbara just two years later; when she was 16-years-old, she auditioned for and was given a part with
the Ziegfeld Follies, one of New York’s premier theater groups of the 1910s and
1920s. Later in life, Barbara would say, “I just wanted to survive and
eat and have a nice coat,” but it was with the Ziegfeld Follies that she
made a name for herself choreographing dance numbers at the Texas Guinan gay
and lesbian speakeasy and where she met the famous director Willard Mack. Willard cast
Barbara in his play The Noose, which
was a breakout success and eventually found its way onto Broadway. It was also
Willard who gave her the idea to change her name from Ruby Stevens to Barbara
Stanwyck – Barbara for the name of her character in The Noose, and Stanwyck
was stolen from another actress who was in the production. And just like that,
the Barbara Stanwyck we know today was born.


Between her starring roles in films such as Breakfast for Two (1937) and A Message to Garcia (1936), Barbara earned a reputation as a more masculine leading lady compared to many of her contemporaries (x)(x). 

The 1927 silent film Broadway
was Barbara’s very first film role; although she played a minor
role, she would go on to star in over 40 films and 4 television series throughout
her career! Some of her most iconic films include Double IndemnityThe
Lady Eve
, and Night Nurse,
and she was awarded two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and three different Lifetime
Achievement Awards before her death. One role that secured Barbara’s legacy in
film history was that of the very first out lesbian to be shown in American
cinema – Jo Courtney in Walk on the Wild Side. Despite the film’s portrayal
of Jo Courtney being far from progressive, the film did earn Barbara a huge
lesbian following and piqued the media to her own not-so-secret lesbian past.

Although Barbara
was married twice, the rumors of the day said that they were both “lavender
marriages” – a term coined in the theater community to mean a gay man and
lesbian who married each other to avoid media speculation into their sexuality.
When a journalist named Boze Hadleigh famously asked Barbara about these
speculations in 1962, she reportedly kicked him
out of her house. There are stories about Barbara sleeping with almost every other
popular actress in her day; from Greta Garbo to Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead. However, in Barbara’s later years, her
serious partner was her live-in publicist Helen Ferguson, whose “friendship”
with Barbara lasted almost 30 years.


Barbara and her longtime “gal pal” and publicist, Helen Ferguson (x).

Barbara Stanwyck
died on January 20, 1990 due to congestive heart failure.
According to her will, no funeral service was given and instead her ashes were
scattered over Lone Pine, California, her favorite destination which she had
come across while filming several of her western films. In the book
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture by Luca Prono, Barbara’s legacy
and importance to the LGBT community is summed up with: “Stanwyck acquired the
status of icon within lesbian communities…Stanwyck was a woman…whose screen
persona challenged respectability because of the strong and independent women
she embodied in the 1940s.”


JULY 15: Bi Any Other Name is published (1991)


On this day in 1991, the book Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out was published. Edited
by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka’ahumanu, the anthology was one of the
cornerstone publications in the bisexual rights movement of the modern age.

You can purchase the anthology and read more about its “sequel” productions here!” 

Spearheaded by its editors Loraine Hutchins and Lani
Ka’ahumanu, who was a seminal bisexual rights activist and the only bisexual
speaker to attend the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal
Rights and Liberation
, Bi Any Other Name
is an anthology book that ponders bisexuality in the internal and external
through a collection of poetry, art, and personal essays. The book was an
instant success and sold so many copies that it quite literally invented the
formal category of bisexual literature – after Bi Any Other Name was forced to compete in the category of “Lesbian
Anthology” at the 1992 Lambda Literary Awards, the American bisexual community
raged a protest that successfully concluded in the creation of multiple
bisexual specific Lambda Literary Award categories in 2006.

The book’s success also led to the publication of 10 other
books by the same contributors, making Bi
Any Other Name
a series! Today, the original book has been
republished 3 different times, has over 4,000 copies in circulation, and was even
translated and sold in Taiwan beginning in 2007. Despite the original
controversy with the Lambda Literary Awards, Lambda has included the book in
its “Top 100 Queer Books of the 20th century” list. Bisexual rights legend and
former president of BiNet USA, Wendy Curry, once wrote of Bi Any Other Name: “This groundbreaking book gave voice to a
generation of previously unseen bisexuals. Rather than arguing statistics or
debating the sexuality of long dead celebrities, Hutchins and Ka’ahumanu gave a
space to normal bisexuals who told their lives. This created a new genre for
books on bisexuality.”


JULY 12: Else von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-19…


On this day in 1874, the “Mama of Dada” was born. The Baroness
Else von Freytag-Loringhoven, as she was known, was an eccentric bisexual woman,
a living work of art, and the originator of the iconic art piece Fountain.


Else photographed going about her daily life in Harlem, New York on January 10, 1921 (x).

Born Else Hildegard Plötz in Pomerania, Germany, Else’s
father was a mason who afforded the family middle-class status. She began
training as an actress and vaudeville performer at a young age and eventually
moved off to Dachau to study art. After finishing her studies, Else relocated
to Berlin – the heart of German Dada. It was in Berlin where she found a
community of like-minded artists who challenged the era’s gender and sexual
mores and refused to separate their selfhood from their art, but still, she was
one of the few women actively involved in the community. Other women included
the writer Mina Loy and the expressionist painter Gabriele Münter, both with
whom Else had affairs. 

In 1901, she married an architect named August Endell
and the two had an open relationship until they divorced in 1906. She was soon
married to a translator named Felix Paul Greve, and although this relationship
would soon fall apart as well, Else’s marriage to Felix would change her life.
In 1909, finding himself penniless and in mountains of debt, Felix convinced
Else to help him fake his own death. The couple’s plan was to disappear from
Germany forever and start a new life in America, but after Else joined her
husband in the U.S., he abandoned her and Else was left alone in a foreign
country with no friends.

In America, she was forced to start her life from the ground up; she found work in a
cigarette factory and she also started modeling for photographers in New York City. It
was through her modeling career in New York City that she met and became
friends with legendary photographers such as Man Ray and Berenice Abbott, powerful connections that, once again, allowed Else to become involved in an artistic society. In
1913, she was finally able to give up the hustle and focus more on her art when she
married the wealthy Baron Leopold von Freytag-Loringhoven; during this time,
her poetry was picked up by the prestigious journal The Little Review and her sculptures/“living collages” began
being shown in galleries. In recent years, it has
been discovered that legendary Dada artworks like Fountain
and God that were once attributed to
male artists and close friends of Else, Marcel Duchamp and Morton Livingston
Schamberg, were actually created by Else herself.

In 1921, Else left New York and moved back to Europe. First,
she returned to Berlin, but found it to be a devastated shell of her former home in the aftermath of World War I. She eventually settled in Paris, where she
struggled to make ends meet and had to be financially assisted by her wealthy
friends such as Djuna Barnes and Peggy Guggenheim. Else died a mysterious death
on December 14, 1927; she was found dead in her home, curled up with her beloved
pet dog. The cause of death was pronounced to be gas suffocation, but the exact
circumstances that led to the gas being left on in her apartment are unknown.


JULY 6: Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)


Today is the 110th birthday of Mexican painter and
bisexual feminist icon, Frida Kahlo. Born on this day in 1907, Frida embodied the
concept of living unapologetically; she was disabled, she was a communist, and
yes she had a unibrow, and she took the world by storm.


Frida photographed by her lover Nickolas Murray in 1931 (x). 

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born on July 6,
1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City to a German father and a “mestiza” mother. Her
childhood was often trying and, in Frida’s own words, “very, very sad.” Her
parents fought constantly and her father’s photography business suffered
economically during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, which only worsened
the family’s relationships. Frida was forced to enter school at a late age due
to having contracted polio when she was only 6-years-old; the disease caused
her right leg to be shorter than her left and the isolation that came along
with her diagnosis led to Frida becoming an introvert. Despite
the late start, she eventually became one of the first girls ever accepted to
the prestigious National Preparatory School.


Always a rebellious personality, Frida poses for a family photo in a full three-piece suit in 1927 (x). 

When Frida was 18-years old, she was in a tragic bus
accident that would change her life forever. While on her way home from school, the
wooden bus Frida was riding on collided with a metal streetcar. Many people
were killed and Frida was one of the passengers to suffer severe injuries; she
fractured her ribs, collarbone, both her legs, and a metal rail impaled her
through the pelvis. Her recovery process took three months – one in the hospital
and two at home – but the chronic pain and complications from her injuries
would follow her for the rest of her life. It was during these months of
bedrest when Frida found that painting was a constructive way to pass the time
and she soon developed a true passion.


During one of her periods of bedrest, Frida paints a family tree. The painting seen in this photo was ultimately unfinished at the time of her death (x). 

In 1929, Frida married Diego Rivera, one of the most famous
painters in Mexico at the time. Frida was only 22 and Diego was a 42-year-old
womanizer. Despite the age difference and the infamous infidelities
their relationship would suffer throughout the years – many of which were
between Frida and women, and most notably, with the dancer Josephine Baker – Frida
& Diego are still remembered as one of the art world’s greatest romances. It
was as the famous Diego Rivera’s wife that Frida got her first tastes of celebrity
status. The Mexican newspapers covered their relationship insistently and the two often traveled to the United States when Diego was commissioned for
murals by American cultural icons such as John D. Rockefeller. Although her
career stood in the shadow of Diego’s at this time, it was during their
extended stays in America when Frida created some of her most
socially-scathing work.


Photographed by Martin Munkácsi in 1933, Frida and Diego were an odd couple to everyone who knew them and their marriage was described as “between an elephant and a dove" by Frida’s own father (x). 

Frida’s star began to rise out of Diego’s shadow when they
separated in the late 1930s and she became incredibly prolific in her work. Out
of this period came classics such as My
Nurse & I
and What the Water Gave
and when she began attending high-profile art exhibits in America, her
Indigenous Mexican fashion caused a “sensation.” This period lasted until 1940,
when she and Diego reconciled and were officially remarried. During the late 1940s,
Frida’s health began to drastically decline and she found herself painting more
and more from her wheelchair or from her bed. In 1953, her leg was amputated
due to gangrene and the resulting depression caused Frida to attempt suicide.
The downward spiral continued and she passed away on July 13, 1954 at home in
her bed. Although the official cause of death was pulmonary embolism, there are
many who speculate that Frida had finally succeeded in committing suicide. Her
body was laid in state under a communist flag and her ashes are displayed at La
Casa Azul – her iconic blue home and favorite place.


JULY 4: Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952)


Bisexual actress Gertrude Lawrence was born on this day in
1898 and is remembered for having ascended her impoverished,
Cockey-accented roots to become a legend in both Broadway and London’s West End.

Although famously claimed by the Brits, Gertrude’s true surname of Klasen was given to her by her Danish birth father. She later adopted the name Lawrence from her father’s stage name of Arthur Lawrence (x). 

Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen was born on July 4, 1898 in
Newington, London. Her parents’ show business careers kept the family in
poverty, which was exacerbated when her father’s alcoholism caused them to
separate. Gertrude’s mother eventually remarried and it was on an outing with
her stepfather when Gertrude got her first taste of the spotlight; while
attending a concert in Bognor, young Gertrude was invited on stage to sing a
song and was given a prize for her participation. The experience planted in Gertrude
a love of performing that would stick with her for the rest of her life. In
1908, Gertrude joined the chorus of a Christmas pantomime at the Brixton
Theater and began taking dance lessons with Italia Conti. At the age of 16, she
left home and joined the Bohemian world of the theater in earnest when she
moved into the Theatrical Girls’ Club in Soho.

She worked and toured steadily with various theater troupes,
but it was her multiple relationships with powerful men such as Captain Philip
Astley, who was a member of the Household Cavalry, and the wall street banker
Bert Taylor that really cemented Gertrude’s position in British high society.
In 1923, she performed the lead role in the musical London Calling! and became an overnight sensation in her own right.
Throughout the years, Gertrude would also perform in other iconic musicals such
as Oh, Kay!, Treasure Girl, Private Lives,
and of course, The King & I for which she won a Tony Award in 1951.

Gertrude performs a scene from The King & I with her co-star and lover

Yul Brynner, 1951 (x). 

In her day, Gertrude was known as one of theater’s most
voracious “man eaters.” She was married twice – first to a director named Francis
Gordon-Howley in 1917, with whom she had her only child, and then later to a
theater owner named Richard Aldrich. However, one of Gertrude’s lesser-known
affairs was with the famous playwright and novelist Daphne du Maurier. The two
first met in 1948 when Gertrude played the lead in one of Daphne’s plays titled
September Tide, and both Gertrude’s
second husband and official biographer agree that the two had an instant and
unmatched connection. Daphne’s nicknames for Gertrude included “dear Gert” –
which she used in their letters to each other – and “Cinder” in reference to
the rags-to-riches story of Cinderella. The relationship was maintained through
frequent letters and infrequent visits from 1948 to Gertrude’s death;
reportedly, it was Daphne’s location in London that caused Gertrude to always
return home from her excursion trips to New York, and in her later years, Daphne
joked with friends about Gertrude’s sexual prowess.

Daphne (left) and Gertrude (right) are photographed on a public outing together. Although to the public the two were simply good friends, their romantic relationship was later shown in the 2007 film Daphne (x). 

As she grew older, Gertrude began a career in film and television.
Her most famous roles included Amanda in the movie adaptation of The Glass Menagerie and a televised
production of the play The Great
. She eventually took a teaching position at Columbia University
where she taught courses such as “The Study of Roles and Scenes.” On 16 August
1952, she fainted backstage during a production of The King & I and it was discovered that she had liver cancer.
Gertrude passed away on September 6, 1952 at the age of 54. Over 6,000 people
crowed the streets of New York City for her funeral and today she is remembered as one of the greatest theater legends to ever live.  


JULY 2: Sylvia Rivera (1951-2002)


On this day in 1951, one of the pioneers of the modern day
LGBT rights movement, veteran of the Stonewall Riots, and bisexual transgender
icon, Sylvia Rivera, was born in the Bronx. On what would have been her 66th
birthday, we take a look back at Sylvia’s life and legacy.

In 2015, Sylvia Rivera became the first transgender American to have her portrait in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (x). 

Sylvia was born on July 2, 1951 to a Venezuelan mother and
Puerto Rican father. She only met her father once in her life and her mother
tragically committed suicide when Sylvia was only 3 years old, leaving her to be
raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother highly disapproved of her feminine
behavior and eventually kicked Sylvia out of her home after she began wearing
makeup to school in the fourth grade. In a 1998 interview with Leslie Feinberg,
Sylvia recalls, “I left home at age 10 in 1961. I hustled on 42nd Street. The
early 60s was not a good time for drag queens, effeminate boys or boys that
wore makeup like we did.” While working as a prostitute on the streets of New
York, she was taken in by a supportive group of drag queens; with her new
found family of street queens she began going by her iconic name, “Sylvia.”

It was Mafia-controlled bars like the Stonewall Inn where
many LGBT sex workers found refuge and community, and so it was where Sylvia
and her best friend Marsha P. Johnson found themselves hanging out on the night
of June 28, 1969 – the night that would burn both women’s names into the
history books. When police raided the bar expecting the usual crack down and
round up that was so common of gay bars in the 1960s, Sylvia, Marsha, and the
other patrons of Stonewall fought back, culminating in a series of violent
riots that became the beginning of a fierce, new civil rights movement for LGBT
Americans. Many sources even claim that it was Sylvia who threw the first brick
that spurred on the riots.

Marsha P. Johnson (far left) and Sylvia Rivera (far right) march together in a post-Stonewall demonstration (x). 

After Stonewall, Sylvia began attending meetings of the Gay
Liberation Front (GLF) and the Gay Activist Alliance (GAA), but was shunned by
the other white middle class member of the both the GLF and GAA. After
repeatedly experiencing discrimination from within the white, cis-oriented LGBT
community, Sylvia and Marsha took the bull by the horns themselves and opened Street
Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), an organization that focused on
activism and care for homeless trans people in New York City. STAR remained
active throughout the early 1970s, but eventually “died out” according to
Sylvia. With STAR no longer providing her with a community and facing hatred
from both the general public and the majority of those in the LGBT rights
movement, Sylvia attempted suicide in 1974. She would try again in 1994 after the
death of her best friend Marsha in 1992 left her grief-stricken.

In 2001,
Sylvia re-opened STAR in response to the heartbreaking murder of a trans woman
named Amanda Milan and also began working for trans inclusion in the Empire
State Pride Agenda. Tragically, Sylvia suffered from liver cancer and she
passed away on February 19, 2002 at the age of 51. In one of her last fiery
declarations, Sylvia is remembered as saying, “Before I die, I will see our
community given the respect we deserve. I’ll be damned if I’m going to my grave
without having the respect this community deserves. I want to go to wherever I
go with that in my soul and peacefully say I’ve finally overcome"


JUNE 27: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)


One of the most famous anarchists in history and the activist once dubbed “the
most dangerous woman in America,” Emma Goldman, was born on this day in 1869.


Throughout her lifetime, Emma wrote over 30 books of anarchist political philosophy (x).

Emma was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Kaunas,
Lithuania on June 27, 1869. Her parents had been poorly matched by their own
parents and her childhood was surrounded by violence; a rebellious spirit from
the start, Emma was frequently beat by her father and branded a “loose
girl” by her teachers. The family eventually fled to Rochester, New York in
1885 in response to rising antisemitism at home. In America, Emma worked in a clothing
factory and soon married a fellow factory worker named Jacob
Kershner. When the marriage fell apart only months after the wedding, the
Goldmans were mortified and kicked Emma out of the house. With only her sewing
machine and five dollars to her name, Emma left her family in Rochester and
headed to start a new life in New York City.  

The foundation of Emma’s politically identity was formed
during her time as a factory worker in Rochester where she was witness to the 1886
Haymarket Affair in Chicago and the growing anti-authoritarian scene. Now on
her own in New York City, she became involved – politically and romantically –
with noted anarchist Alexander Berkman. Together, they created the 1892
Homestead Strike and attempted to assassinate the manager of the Carnegie Steel
Company, Henry Clay Frick. Although the plot was unsuccessful, it made national
news and put Emma’s name on the map as one of the radicals to watch out for.
For the next thirty years, Emma would dedicate her life to the anarchist
cause of creating a freer social order and would be in and out of prison. She
was a fiery public speaker, author, and a major public enemy of the United
States government. For a time she was even believed to have conspired with Leon
Czolgosz in the attempted assassination of President William McKinley, but was
eventually cleared of all charges.


Nicknamed “Red Emma” in the press, her speeches and talks were known to draw hundreds of attendees (x). 

In addition to her countless acts of direct action, Emma
also made history by being one of the first political activists to publicly
criticize homophobia. The gay German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld considered
her an ally and once wrote that Emma was “the first and only woman, indeed the
first and only American, to take up the defense of homosexual love before the
general public.“ Many historians question whether or not Emma’s allyship
was purely that – allyship –  or if she
herself also had some skin in the game of gay liberation; she was known to have
made connections with lesbian activists during her time in prison and it is
also believed that she had a brief affair with a woman named Almeda Sperry. Although
Emma and Almeda could only have spent a couple weeks together psychically,
there are collections of love letters shared between the two, which can be read here!

Emma Goldman passed away on May 14, 1940 in Toronto, having
been deported from America during the original Red Scare of 1919-1920. Her body
was eventually allowed to be brought back into the United States, the country
where she had spent so many years fighting for her political
cause, and was buried in Forest Park, Illinois.


JUNE 24: The Stonewall Inn is declared a U.S. …


On this day in 2016, President Barack Obama announced that
the Stonewall Inn, the epicenter of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the birthplace
of America’s modern LGBT rights movement, was officially a U.S.
National Monument under the protection of the U.S. National Parks Service.  

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from all
around the world have been existing in the United States and combating
systematic violence for centuries, but it wasn’t until the riots at the Stonewall
Inn in New York City that those individual struggles coalesced into a true
liberation movement. The Stonewall Inn has been a sacred place to the LGBT
community since 1969, and with President Obama’s 2016 announcement the nation recognized that Stonewall should be sacred to all and that LGBT history
cannot be divided from the whole of American history. The actual monument covers
8 acres in Greenwich Village aside from the Stonewall Inn itself and it is the
very first site in the U.S. National Parks System dedicated to LGBT history.

People gather to look at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Orlando nightclub shootings in front of the historic Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village, on June 13, in New York. Courtesy of Kathy Willens/AP (x). 

with the consecration of The Stonewall National Monument, the National Parks
Service also published LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer History in 2016 – a 1200-page study of LGBTQ American
as a part of their extensive “Who We Are” program. The study includes essays such as The Preservation of LGBTQ Heritage by Gail Dubrow, 

“Where We Could Be Ourselves”: African American LGBTQ Historic Places and Why They Matter by Jeffrey A. Harris, 

Breathing Fire: Remembering Asian Pacific American Activism in Queer History by Amy Sueyoshi, and so much more. If you’re a fan of our blog, we definitely recommend checking out what this study has to offer! 


JUNE 19: Zoe Saldana (1979-)


Happy birthday to actress Zoe Saldana, who you might know
from blockbusters such as Avatar, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, or (if
you’re reading this blog) from her 2013 interview with Allure Magazine in
which she came out as a member of the wlw community.


Zoe married her husband Marco Perego in 2013 and they now have three children together (x). 

Zoe was born in Passaic, New Jersey where her Dominic father
and Puerto Rican mother raised Zoe and her two sisters in a bilingual household.
When her father tragically died in a car accident, the family moved to the
Dominican Republic for a time but later returned to the States when Zoe was a
sophomore in high school. She had fallen in love with dancing as a child and
followed that passion for performing when the family relocated to New York City, appearing
in a youth production of Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor
which led to her big break in the 2000 film Center

To date, Zoe has starred in over 40 films and 5 television
series. She caused a controversy for her role as Nina Simone in the unauthorized
biopic, Nina, and her own tone-deaf
response to the miscasting. In 2013, Allure
published an interview where Zoe talked about her “androgynous” childhood, which contains the excerpt:

“’Has she had a relationship with another woman?

The actress stares impassively across the table, silent for
the first time since the interview began. Her large brown eyes are focused,
unblinking. She is not fazed. She is simply deliberating. How much should she

Finally: ‘Promise me one thing: You’re going to ask this
question [in your article] — if you choose to, just put three dots as my
response. That’s it.


In the confusion following the release of the interview, Zoe stood by her statements and asserted that she could possibly love a woman someday. You can read a more in-depth inquiry into the gayness of Zoe’s
Allure interview over on


JUNE 14: Princess Nokia (1992-)



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Destiny Frasqueri aka Wavy Spice bka Princess Nokia was born today in New York City, New York in 1992.  Living in Spanish Harlem and the Lower East Side for most of her life, Frasqueri lost her mother to AIDS as a young child and was moved around in foster care with her cousin until she left the system, after dealing with abuse, as a teenager. Attending parties and go-go clubs since she was sixteen, Frasqueri recorded and released her first song under Wavy Spice on her Soundcloud and Youtube in 2010. Her second release, “Bitch, I’m Posh” gained her international acclaim and her third release, YAYA, along with her support of the LGBT community and femme sexuality got her support with QTPOC artists such as Mykki Blanco and Le1f. You can listen to her track with Mykki Blanco, “Wish You Would”, here.

She released a mixtape, “Wavy Spice Presents – The Butterfly Knife Prequel”, and two more songs underneath Wavy Spice. In 2015, she released a project named honeysuckle under Destiny in 2015. Princess Nokia, Destiny Frasqueri’s musical alter ego, came out in 2014 through the track “Nokia”, and the collective released a debut album on May 12, 2014 called Metallic Butterfly.  

In 2016, she released a documentary with The Fader, called “Destiny”, which followed her as she got back into rapping and you can watch that here (with deleted scenes). She released her album, “1992”, in September 2016. A lot of her work centers around her “Brown Afro-Indigienous” heritage, sprituality, sexuality, feminism, and her life growing up in New York. In 2017, she had an altercation with an white audience member at Cambridge University, when she slapped and threw drinks at the audience member for yelling obscenities to her.

You can follow Princess Nokia on Instagram, Twitter, check out her most recent music video here, her podcast, Smart Girl Club, here, listen to her conversation at Brown University here, and download her most recent album, 1992, here.

Check out her summer tour dates here! 1992 Deluxe with six new songs will be released this summer!


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~lex lee.