Nina Simone is today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by Community Librarian Jo who writes: I coincidently went into labour on the last day of black history month 2007 and one of the reasons that we chose the name Nina for my youngest daughter, who was born the next day, was because of Nina Simone.

Nina Simone was beautiful, talented and outspoken, and although she struggled at times with her own mental health, she was a strong civil rights activist, wonderful singer-songwriter, musician and became a favourite artist in Greenwich Village in the early sixties https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Simone

Nina didn’t come out as bisexual during her own lifetime (she died in 2003 aged 70) – but the National Museum of African American History & Culture advise that her diaries reveal that she was also attracted to women https://nmaahc.si.edu/LGBTQ/nina-simone.

We all have our favourite Nina Simone tracks – evoking lots of different emotions – she covered lots of genres – but we have a strong jazz connection in our family – so our favourites reflect that – Feeling Good (my children call that the elephant song – as part of it reminds them of elephants marching and trumpeting!!), My Baby Just Cares for Me and I Put A Spell On You. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free is also another favourite but I think my all time feel-good favourite is Ain’t Got No – I Got Life

If you would like to find out more about Norwich Pride’s BAME LGBT+ Forum please email Stevie at history@norwichpride.org.uk