LGBT Activists Who Need to Be Saluted

  1. Jill Andrews
  2. September 14, 2017 4:10 pm

LGBT Activists Who Need to Be Saluted

 

Over the past few years, the LGBT community has come a long way. From society ignoring their existence to accepting them as an important part; it has been certainly a long journey for them. To reach the place where the community is today was not an easy walk; there were lots of hardships and sacrifices that they went in to. When talking about hardships, some people around the world have made a great difference in the growth of LGBT community. Today let’s have a look at some of the most powerful LGBT activists who have contributed to the growth LGBT community. These activists have proved that you cannot win a war or create a difference in the society by living behind the closet. Their bold move to step out of the closet gave courage to many people who never thought about living in the closet.

Here are LGBT activists who deserve huge respect from all of us-

  1.    Harvey Milk:

Harvey Milk was one of the first gay officials who was elected openly in the United States of America. He was very popular among people for his books and movies on his life. He was a great LGBT activist and advocate during the time when homophobia was rambling. One of the greatest things about him was that he refused to live in the closet. He said that Gay people would not be able to win if they hide behind the closet. They have to come to combat against the lies and myths that the society is living in. Unfortunately, he was assassinated by a former city supervisor.

  1.    Audre Lorde:

When asked to describe herself, Audre Lorde said she is a black lesbian feminist mother warrior poet. She has been a source of inspiration for many people at that time. “Silence will never protect you” was one of the most popular quotes from her. Audre always spoke openly about racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and many other inequalities that she used to witness. She always encouraged people to stand for themselves.

  1.    Laverne Cox:

She is popular for her character as ‘Sophia Burset’ in the award-winning show “Orange is the New Black.” She is the first black transgender woman who got the opportunity to work on a mainstream TV show. However, she is not just a pretty face to look at, she is also a strong LGBT activist and produced a documentary Free CeCe. The documentary is about a transgender woman who was imprisoned for 41 months because she was defending in a racist attack. The woman always writes about equality on gender identity issues and transgender equality.

  1.    Peter Tatchell:

Peter Tatchell is an Australian-born English LGBT rights activist who has always been open and bold about gay rights. He has worked continuously to abolish the anti-gay law in the United Kingdom, Peter also worked with LGBT activists in many countries in which same-sex marriages are illegal. Peter Tatchell also founded a human rights organization named as Peter Tatchell Foundation.

  1.    Dan Savage:

Dan Savage is the husband of Terry Miller and is popular for “Savage Love” which is a relationship and sex advice column. He along with his husband began a project “It Gets Better” which helped the LGBT youth who wanted to commit suicide. He says that while we have not achieved equality, we have certainly come far from where we were before.

  1.    Sylvia Riveria:

Sylvia Riveria was a veteran from Stonewall Riots who fought against LGBT rights whole his life. Riveria especially fought really hard against transgender people, queer people, and people of color. However, as gay right movement and fight became more popular, Sylvia Rivera struggled to keep the equality of transgender people a part of the movement.

  1.    Martina Navratilova:

Martina Navratilova is a great tennis player and she was one of the first openly gay athletes. She always speaks clearly about the LGBT. She also rejects many sponsorships and endorsement because she wasn’t willing to lie. She says just by coming out of the closet you do a lot for the community. The whole process is like recycling.

These 7 powerful activists decided to come out of the closet when people dreaded the existence of LGBT community. However, their bold step created revolution during that time and opened the door for many people who were living a lie because of the society. These activists have spent their entire life struggling for LGBT rights and ensuring that future generation has a better place to live.