As this year's Pride month kicks off during such turbulent times, it's important to acknowledge the changemakers who've played critical roles within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community.

We are blessed to live at a time when prominent figures like Janelle Monáe, Janet Mock, RuPaul, Laverne Cox and others have spoken up for those who cannot. But such has not always been the case. History has remembered the greats like James Baldwin, Little Richard, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde and others, but here are 11 Black LGBTQ+ figures with whom you might not be familiar.