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LGBTQ+ Advocates


The amazing individuals working hard to improve the laws, rights and conditions for members of the LGBTQ+ community

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The brave and fearless LGBTQ+ individuals standing up against injustices and inequalities across the globe


Advocates are not only standing up for what they believe in, quite often they are persecuted for being vocal against the injustices that they see.

We wanted to showcase and shine a spotlight on these exceptional individuals and have dedicated this page to those people who are currently using whatever platform they have to make the world a better place for the international LGBTQ+ community.

The LGBTQ+ advocates' page will highlight individuals for three months, and every advocate featured they will remain on this page to showcase the exceptional people that we are proud are part of the community

To all those advocates, on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, we thank you


ELLEN LEE DEGENERES

 


Ellen Lee DeGeneres

Entertainer

Los Angeles, California – United States of America

b. 1958
 

A famous comedian, author, television host, actress and producer, there is not much that Ellen has not done in the world of entertainment, not only that, but Ellen is also a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights.

Ellen was born in Metairie, the fourth largest city in the state of Louisiana. After graduating college, Ellen began her career in stand-up comedy. Ellen got her big break in 1986 staring on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and since then has had a meteoric rise to become one of the most beloved entertainers in the United States of America.

Ellen came out at lesbian at age 39; since then, Ellen has not only become a positive role model for young people coming to terms with their sexuality, Ellen also frequently uses her platform to highlight injustices and inequalities against the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, when the nation of Brunei introduced the barbaric practice of stoning as a form of prosecution for those caught practising same-sex relationships, Ellen began a vocal campaign which resulted in Brunei, due to public pressure, stating that it will not enforce death by stoning. A small victory in a country of which same-sex relationships are considered illegal and one of many countries that still have the death penalty as a punishment.

Ellen's humour, compassion and fearless personality that makes her not only a fantastic individual but also a shining example of how talented and brave members of the global LGBTQ+ community are in a world that does not always see past a label to see the real person...., Ellen we love you.

 

TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT

 


Taylor Alison Smith

Singer, Songwriter & Actress

Nashville, Tennessee – United States of America

b. 1989
 

A singer, songwriter and actress to name but a few, it is hard to find someone that does not know of Taylor Swift, given Taylor’s public profile and internationally renowned music.

Taylor was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to start her recording career in country music. At age 17, Taylor launched her debut album, which went on to become one of the longest-charting albums in the US during the 2000s. Since then, Taylor has written countless successful and chart-topping songs and albums often narrating her personal life and experiences. A strong independent woman, Taylor through her work, has shown the hypocrisy that still exists with many commenting negatively on Taylor’s life when traditionally male counterparts would often be praised for the same behaviours or experiences. Even though Taylor has never publicly identified as LGBTQ+, she has used her fame, international platform and media interest to publicly lend her to support towards many LGBTQ+ related issues, especially around gay rights and equality.

Taylor is a talented, beautiful and independent woman, who is not afraid to stand up and be heard. Taylor is a shining example that even in 2019, that we are far from equal between genders, let alone within the LGBTQ+ community. Though many have fought hard over the years positive developments in equality laws and rights, we now face new problems, with the rise of staunch conservative-led politics and with many calling for the reversal of these progressive laws and rights. We hope you continue being a vocal supporter against injustice and go on to write many more songs and albums, Taylor; we love you

 

SAMUEL FREDERICK SMITH

 


Samuel Frederick Smith

Singer & Songwriter

London - United Kingdom

b. 1992
 

A unique voice, singer and songwriter who became an internationally recognised LGBTQ+ superstar.

Sam was born in London, UK and from a young age loved to perform and stared in a number of amateur productions. At 20, Sam got his big break when he was featured on the single “Latch, in 2013, Sam released his debut album “Lay Me Down” which was the start of Sam’s meteoric rise and international recognition. Sam has been open and vocal in the media about his gender and sexual identifiers and has described the many challenges faced growing up from being bullied as a child to gender identity issues. Sam came out as gay in 2014, early in their career and in 2019, Sam publicly announced that they identify as gender fluid and goes by the gender pronouns, they, them, their, theirs and themselves.

Sam is brave, open and honest. When many people starting their careers are afraid of how the world might react to their true self, Sam has been fearless, showing the world that talent, honesty and success can all be achieved without having to compromise. Sam has been a positive role model for many coming to terms with their sexual identities, but they have also raised the profile of gender non-binary and non-conformity, which is little known around the world. Sam, you are a true advocate, talented, and we hope you continue producing many more songs and albums, Sam; we love you

 


Thank you

Is there someone you feel deserves to have the spotlight shone on them for the work they do for the LGBTQ+ community? The individual does have to be a celebrity, just someone that is working to help better and improve the laws, rights and conditions within the international LGBTQ community, if so, please get in touch.


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