Owen Jones is an openly gay newspaper columnist, political commentator, journalist and Labour Party activist. He is currently a columnist for The Guardian and contributes to the Tribune and New Statesman.
Paris Lees is a journalist, presenter and trans rights activist. She is the first trans columnist for Vogue and the first trans woman to present shows on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4. Paris currently works with All About Trans, a project that bring together trans media professionals.
Yasmin Benoit is a model, activist and writer. She uses her platform to improve visibility of the asexual and aromantic communities and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes.
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in the civil rights movement. He helped to organise the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership and he was the chief organiser of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin was gay and spoke publicly about his sexuality in the 1980’s. In 2013 Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician to be elected in California. During his tenure in office, he pushed legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Sylvia Rivera was a trans activist who, with Marsha P. Johnson, helped set up an organisation that provided housing and other services to homeless LGBT+ youth in New York City.
Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, drag performer and model for Andy Warhol. She fearlessly advocated for LGBT+ rights and so is sometimes referred to as the “Rosa Parks of the LGBT+ movement”.
Xavier Bettel is a Luxembourg politician who has been Prime Minister of Luxembourg since 2013. Following the 2018 general election he became the first openly gay Prime Minister in the world to be re-elected for a second term. Bettel’s husband Gauthier Destenay was in the news in 2017 as he was the only man in the photograph taken of the spouses of Nato leaders.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland (2009–2013). Sigurðardóttir and her partner were one of the first same-gender married couples in Iceland after changing their civil union into a marriage shortly after same-gender marriage was legalised.