In honor of February being Black History Month, we will be celebrating the individuals in black history who identified as LGBTQ+. Today we celebrate Bruce Nugent.
Born in Washington, DC in 1906, Nugent became a prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance. He is credited as being the first out black writer/artist, as well as the first writer to depict homosexuality in his work.
Nugent’s works include Smoke, Lilies, and Jade which was featured in Wallace Thurman’s Publication “Fire!!!” along with some of his illustrations, and his own publication “Beyond Where the Stars Stood Still.”
In 1964, Nugent was invited to speak at the Community Planning Conference at Columbia University where the Harlem Cultural Council was formed. Nugent was Co-Chair of the council.
Nugent is known as the “Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance.”