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LGBTQIA+ Pioneers & Advocates

Exceptional individuals that contributed to the LGBTQIA+ global movement
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All of the exceptional individuals from across the LGBTQIA+ community that have made considerable contributions

PIONEERS & ADVOCATES

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LGBTQIA+ ADVOCATES

Learn more about the amazing individuals that are currently advocating and fighting for LGBTQIA+ equal rights and the freedom for everyone, wherever they are, to be their true selves without the fear of persecution

LGBTQIA+ PIONEERS

Learn more about the exceptional individuals who have made a stand to fight for LGBTQIA+ rights worldwide throughout time. Let history remember these unique, brave and fearless individuals

TAKING PRIDE IN YOU

Acceptance and coming to terms with a part of what makes you can be challenging for many people. The Gayther pride in series is about celebrating all things relating to sexualities, gender identities and special groups. Showcasing the exceptional people, interesting facts and ways to connect with those unique communities, all designed to help and promote pride in LGBTQIA+ identities

  LGBTQIA+ TIMELINE

The LGBTQIA+ advocates and pioneers featured on Gayther in date order based on the year they were born or another significant event (from oldest to newest). To learn more about an LGBTQIA+ pioneer or advocate, click on the for more button

JEAN JACQUES RÉGIS DE CAMBACÉRÈS

French Nobleman, Lawyer and Statesman
1753 – 1824

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KARL HEINRICH ULRICHS

Lawyer, Author and Journalist
1825 - 1895

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OSCAR WILDE

Irish Poet and Playwright
1854 - 1900

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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

Prominent black agricultural scientist in the 20th century
1864 - 1943

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DR MAGNUS HIRSCHFELD

Physician and Sexologist
1868 - 1935

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ALBERTO SANTOS-DUMONT

Brazilian aeronaut, sportsman and inventor
1873 - 1932

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DR HARRY BENJAMIN

Endocrinologist and sexologist
1885 - 1986

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ALFRED C. KINSEY

American biologist and sexologist
1894 - 1956

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RUTH ELLIS

LGBT Rights Activist
1899 - 2000

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RACHEL CARSON

Marine Biologist, Author and Conservationist
1907 - 1964

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PEGGIE AMES

Transgender Rights Activist
1921 - 2000

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EDITH WINDSOR

American LGBT Rights Activist
1929 - 2017

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HARVEY BERNARD MILK

American Politician
1930 - 1978

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BARBARA GITTINGS

Activist and Journalist
1932 - 2007

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FATHER MYCHAL JUDGE

Canonized Catholic Priest
1933 - 2001

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AUDRE LORDE

American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist
1934 - 1992

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ARCHBISHOP CARL BEAN

American singer and AIDS rights activist
1944 - 2021

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WILLIAM (BILL) JAMES KRAUS

American Gay Rights, AIDS Activist and Congressional Aide
1947 - 1986

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BRENT HAWKES

Canadian Clergyman and Gay Rights Activist
1950 - to date

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SYLVIA RIVERA

American gay liberation and transgender rights activist
1951 - 2002

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DEAN HAMER

Scientist, Author and Filmmaker
1951 - to date

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PETER TATCHELL

Human Rights Campaigner & LGBTQ+ Advocate
1952 - to date

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BÜLENT ERSOY

Singer and Actress
1952 - to date

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SIMON TSEKO NKOLI

South African Anti-Apartheid, Gay Rights and AIDS activist
1957 - 1998

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ELLEN LEE DEGENERES

Entertainer
1958 - to date

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DAVID KATO KISULE

Ugandan Teacher and LGBTQ+ Rights Activist
1964 - 2011

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MANVENDRA SINGH GOHIL

Prince, Charity Trustee & LGBTQ+ Advocate
1965 - to date

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AKIRA THE HUSTLER

Artist, Writer, Actor and Activist
1969 - to date

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LAVERNE COX

Actress & LGBTQ+ Advocate
1972 - to date

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ALEXYA SALVADOR

Public School Teacher, Pastor & Transgender Advocate
1980 - to date

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TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT

Singer, Songwriter & Actress
1989 - to date

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SAMUEL FREDERICK SMITH

Singer & Songwriter
1992 - to date

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DAVID FURNISH & ELTON JOHN

Power couple, filmmaker, singer, pianist and composer
1993 - to date

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LIL NAS X

American Singer, Songwriter, and Author
1999 - to date

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EXCEPTIONAL AND DIVERSE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

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  ABOUT LGBTQIA+ PIONEERS & ADVOCATES

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Around the world, countless brave and exceptional individuals, even at significant risk to their safety, refused to deny their true inner selves. Constantly at risk of persecution, often subject to antiquated laws, or simply not being accepted for who they are.

It takes brave and fearless individuals to stand up and have their voices heard. To show the world that the rules, laws and opinions have to change. Change that has resulted in the freedoms and rights many of us now enjoy. Increase acceptance and protection within the law directly given the work and effort of these exceptional individuals. Though there have been significant developments relating to the equality status for many members of the LGBTQIA+ community, they are not so fortunate. Many people still live in countries and under regimes; even today, they are actively targeted and in constant fear for their lives. In those countries right now, activists are fighting to change the rights and laws. As individuals and all the risks, and for their bravery and desire to see change, we are truly grateful for all they are going for the global community. We know many of those activists will become pioneers in the future.

Meet the exceptional individuals who have and are still fighting tirelessly to stop inequality, prejudice, and discrimination. Working towards ensuring that every member of the LGBTQIA+ worldwide community can live being free and their true self.

DISCOVER HOW WELL THE COMMUNITY ARE TREATED..

From marriages and unions to the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships, discover how well each country treats members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Updated each year, you can learn of the positive and negative developments for every country worldwide. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ Worldwide equality today
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