Vito Russo was an inspiring LGBTI+ activist who challenged the represntation of the LGBTI+ community in film He wrote an amazing book called The Celluloid Closet which explores in detail the misconceptions and twisted notions of the queer community in film. He was also an active and involved member of the group Act Up a group formed to help improve the lives of people affected by AIDS and demand better healthcare.
Marsha P Johnson
Marsha P Johnson was a trans activist and beloved member of the LGBTI+ community in New York City. Marsha is rumoured to have broken the glass behind the bar at the Stonewall riots . Marsha fought and marched diligently to help educate both the gays and heterosexuals about trans rights. Her story has a sad ending and is so relavent today. She was tragically murdered, like many trans women. May we always remember the legacy of brave women like Marsha P Johnson and help to end the violence against trans people.
Bayard Rustin was an openly gay civil-rights activist and organiser. He worked along side Martin Luther king and was one of the main organisers of the March on Washington in which people marched for their right of freedom and civil rights. Rustin was openly gay man and a person of color which is hard to day but even harder in his time. His hard work and activism has helped to make our lives a little easer. Rustin did not want to take any credit for his work as he feared that his sexuality would take attention away from the civil rights message.
Roberta Cowell was a world war two fighter pilot, an incredible race car driver and she is also said to be the first British trans women to undergo sex reassignment surgery.