Black History Month: Richard Bruce Nugent

Throughout the month of February, Family Equality Council is celebrating Black History Month by honoring the accomplishments, contributions, and lives of LGBT Black Americans, past and present.

Richard Bruce Nugent (7/2/1906-5/27/1987)— Harlem Renaissance artist, first black American to openly write about homosexuality in his 1926 story Smoke, Lilies, and Jade. Lived with writer Wallace Thurman, contemporary of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. You can see some of his art and read some of his writing at

Or look for a hard copy of the 2002 book, “Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance”