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Frieda Belinfante: The Jew who dressed up like a man and fought in the Dutch resistance

Frieda Belinfante: Early Life Frieda Belinfante was the first woman to conduct an orchestra in Europe, a Jewish woman who fought in the Dutch resistance, and also –  a lesbian who was fired from running the Orange County orchestra in California for living her life as an out lesbian, back when being an LGBTQ person was still considered a mental disorder. She was born in Amsterdam in 1904 and showed musical talent from a young…

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Famous Lesbians in History: Ultimate List [2023 UPDATED]

Throughout history, there have been a number of notable queer women who have made their mark on the world. From Queen Christina of Sweden to Anne Lister, these brave individuals were not afraid to express themselves and live openly as lesbians, even when it was illegal or not talked about. Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) was queen regnant of the Swedish Empire from 1632 until her abdication in 1654. She…

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5 Female Renaissance Artists You Must Know

The Renaissance was a time of great change and creativity in art. Although women were not always given the same opportunities as men, there were many talented female artists who made their mark during this period. Male artists were able to study under established masters, while women were not. Additionally, women were not allowed to join the major art academies of the time. This meant that their work was not seen by as many people…

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Willem Arondeus: The Gay Men That Led The Dutch Resistance

Willem Arondeus: Who Was He? Arondeus was a Dutch artist and author who is best known for his role in the resistance during World War II. In 1943, he founded Brandarisbrief, a publication that criticized the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and advocated for resistance. He also led a group of resistance fighters in an attack on the identity cards office in Amsterdam, for which he was arrested and executed. Today, Arondeus is remembered as…

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