Here’s the Badass Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Activist Herstory Quiz You Wish You Had in School

Get out your Sharpie markers and flattened cardboard boxes out because it’s time to get activist-y AF! Unfortunately, most of us didn’t or won’t learn much at all about LGBTQ activist history in school and almost definitely nothing about lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans women in history. That just means that we need to hear the stories of our elders and foremothers and carry them forward, you know? Because we’ve been fighting back as long as it’s been documented in ways big and small!

Collage image of LGBTQ activism including Queer Nation stickers that say "Dyke Power," image of Marsha P. Johnson holding a S.T.A.R. banner, a group of people with a "Christopher Street Liberation Day" banner, and a Silence = Death poster from ACT UP

So take this quiz and see how much you know about our activist herstory – even if you don’t know everything quite yet, you’re going to learn SO MUCH just by taking the quiz!

Badass Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans Activist Herstory Trivia Quiz


Post your score and your favorite activist inspiration model in the comments! My score is 100 (but obviously I’m biased because I wrote the damn thing) and my activist inspirations are Audre Lorde and Miss Major.

KaeLyn is a 35-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, over-caffeinating herself, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, eating carbs, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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30 Comments

  1. “Nice work!
    Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 12
    Percentage: 80%”

    This is the best I’ve done on one of these thus far! And it’s all thanks to Autostraddle! I didn’t know any of this before I started reading in 2013 or 2014.

  2. Thanks, Autostraddle for making me feel old. I have actually met many of the women mentioned in this quiz!

    Side note: Audre Lorde is one of my heroes. I had the opportunity to meet her 5-6 months before she died. She was a fighter to the end and she had such a powerful presence!

  3. 87% i generally sucked at history in school, so obviously the problem was that the history I learned wasn’t queer enough.

    I have to repeat what many said above that you all are my heroes! I learned most of the things I got right because of the site ?

  4. Nice work!
    Quiz Grade: A
    Score: 14
    Percentage: 93%

    After bombing almost every other quiz (including the Harry Potter one, much to my chagrin), I’ve found my wheelhouse! Didn’t know about the bisexual senator, but, also, how the heckfire did that happen in AZ?! Mad respect, Senator Cinema. I doff my hat to you.

  5. Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 13
    Percentage: 87%

    I’m honestly quite surprised at myself, I don’t pay as much attention to activism as I should.

    I got lucky in that I’m fucking old. Feel like I should just curl up and die that Prop 8 and Kyrsten Sinema are one your history quiz.

  6. Nice work!
    Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 12
    Percentage: 80%

    My students would be so amused. As for inspiration, I’m a product of the in-your-face, direct action 80s and 90s movements. ACT-UP, Queer Nation, and The Lesbian Avengers are my jam.

  7. 73%, which is not too bad considering I got most of the historical questions right – it was the legal US and modern US stuff that tripped me up. would be interesting to see how i’d do on an australian one!

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