Mabel Hampton

Mabel Hampton

Mabel Hampton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 2, 1902 (d. October 26, 1989). She “was an activist who was instrumental in founding the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA). Asked by an interviewer about when she came out of the closet, Hampton responded, “What do you mean? I was never in!” Her life story and her donations of time, archival material, and money to the LHA have made Mabel Hampton a Lesbian icon, but she was also an activist for the rights of African Americans, women, and the entire LGBTQ community.” (Source: Qualia Folk)

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