LGBTQIA+ Women’s History Month!

15 March 2024

March – Women’s History Month – but this time, we’re honouring some of the LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary people and everyone in between who have changed the world over the past years. We’re celebrating people who’ve made history, and people who are making history today.

  • Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson is a worldwide icon, for being one of the key people who was involved in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. She was a gay liberation activist and a well-known drag queen, who many people still resonate with today. Marsha co-founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), along with Sylvia Rivera, and worked with it for years while creating the STAR House – a shelter for gender-nonconforming and trans youth. She also joined AIDS-related activism groups such as ACT UP. She became a huge influence in the LGBTQIA+ community, even after her passing, and many still admire and look up to her. Still today, she inspires many activists and encourages the queer community to fight for their rights.

  • Joy Wellbeloved

Joy Wellbeloved was one of South Africa’s first trans women to openly transition. She is constantly fighting for the LGBTQIA+ community and for trans rights. She has co-authored many books, such as “Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa”, and this inspiring book focuses on the worlds inhabited by South African trans people. It shares many life stories and tells the reader how much each speaker went through. With South Africa being a progressive country, the book mentions the misunderstandings and difficulties these South African trans people had to face. Joy Wellbeloved will always be a South African icon in the trans community.

  • Christine Jorgenson

Christine Jorgenson was one of the first people in the United States to have received gender-confirming surgery. Her idea was to live a simple and quiet life, but then realised she had bigger issues to speak up on. She went on talk shows and radio shows, wrote an autobiography, became a performer and went to colleges to speak about the issues that trans people face. She became a huge figure in the LGBTQIA+ community, by helping transgender people “come out” and live an open and free life.

  • Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a transgender rights advocate, writer and media producer. She came out as transgender while working for People Magazine, and wrote her first autobiography in 2012, about her experience transitioning as a teenager in Hawaii. She is also well-known for writing the FX show, “Pose”. This binge-worthy series had a huge impact on the LGBTQIA+ community, because of its casting of trans actors to play trans characters. With many thanks to her, she has increased the representation of transgender people in the media, and we are forever grateful for that.

  • Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera is known as one of the leaders of the LGBTQIA+ rights movement, due to her childhood and how it helped her figure out who she was. After leaving home at a young age, she found her community of street queens – struggling trans youth who had been rejected by their families. Here she had begun her life of activism and became involved in organizations, like the Gay Liberation Front. She also co-founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), along with Marsha P. Johnson, where she encouraged the inclusion of queer and trans people of colour.

  • Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox was one of the first out transgender women in media, and she’s definitely become an LGBTQIA+ icon. From being an advocate and influencer to acting, she holds a place in our hearts. Acting in the well-known series “Orange Is the New Black”, Laverne plays a trans inmate and shows the truth and reality about the trans experience in prisons. Her role in this heartfelt show, made her the first openly trans person to win an Emmy. Her performances and acting has helped with other trans people in television and movies, and we will always be grateful for her fight in the LGBTQIA+ community.

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