To celebrate International Women’s Month, PinkNews takes a look at some the most inspirational LGBT women and female allies out there.
Ellen Page revealed that she was gay in 2014, in an emotional speech to The Human Rights Campaign, and the actress has been an international advocate for LGBT rights ever since. Last year, she said staying in the closet hurt her career more than coming out as gay did, before making an impassioned plea for LGBT community to “live freely, love freely and not be afraid.”
Janet Mock has worked to achieve transgender equality and shine a light on the issues many trans women face. In 2015, during a powerful interview with Oprah Winfrey, the writer said she will always “proudly and unapologetically” stand up for her identity as a trans woman. She also conducted all 11 interviews in The Trans List, a powerful HBO documentary starring Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner.
Ultra-liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has long supported equality, attracting fury from conservatives for performing same-sex weddings herself ahead of the court ruling which saw marriage equality legalised across the US. She also dissented to President Trump in the sassiest way possible back in November, wearing her famed “dissenting collar.”
Christian rock performer Vicky Beeching came out in 2014. She continues to discuss the struggles she experienced with her sexuality, as well as the challenges faced by religious members of the LGBT community, and campaigns for more LGBT rights in the Church.