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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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Carol Baltosiewich: The Church Declared AIDS a Punishment From God, So She Treated AIDS Patients

When the Catholic Church explained that AIDS was a punishment for being gay, and Church officials called AIDS patients perverts, one Catholic nurse from Illinois decided to dedicate her life specifically to treating AIDS patients. In the mid-eighties, as many families chose to cut contact with their ill children – whether due to the stigma or the fear of catching the disease – Carol Baltosiewich chose to hold their hand in their final moments.  She…

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