#YesSheCan Celebrates: Inspirational LGBTQ+ Women

June is the month dedicated to celebrating all things Pride and LGBTQ+!

At #YesSheCan we want to help create a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone, not matter who they love. We’ve made a list of some of the LGBTQ+ women who we find inspirational and who should be celebrated for their achievements and success!

Rina Sawayama

Rina is a Japanese-British singer/songwriter and model who not only writes music which challenges racial stereotypes and social issues but has fought openly for LGBTQ+ rights.

Most recently, she signed an open letter to the UK Government urging them to ban conversion therapy, which is still legal in the UK. Rina is undeniably proud of her own heritage and sexuality and inspires others to make a stand with her music every day.

Samira Wiley

“Some days it isn’t about moving mountains, but rather about waking up every day and choosing to live my truth as authentically as I am able.”

Her inspirational and motivational career and activism is one for every woman to look up to. Known for her roles in the TV shows in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Samira’s work highlights racial and gender injustice and she has been recognised with HRC’s Visibility Award. She is also a proud supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sandi Toksvig

You may know Sandi from her previous comedic role of co-presenter on the GBBO or from as the host of TV Show QI, but did you know she is also set up the Women’s Equality Party? The party aims to fight for gender equality across the board and Sandi stated when talking about the party, “Equality’s better for everybody.”

As well as her political activism, Sandi inspires women and particularly girls with her fictional and non-fiction books, with one stated as the ‘history book for girls’.  

Tracy O’Hara

“It is vital I am visible, I am proud and I am me.”

Tracy is one of our inspirational #YesSheCan Role Models and is a detective constable with the Merseyside Police.

Tracy’s work revolves around helping women and girls in violent environments and is the only person in the UK with a policing role investigating crimes against sex workers. Not only does she show bravery through her policing work, she has overcome barriers in her industry not only because of her gender, but because of her open sexuality. She was recognised for her work and was awarded with the Queen’s Police Medal.

Nicola Adams

Nicola was the first female and openly gay boxer to become an Olympic Champion after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012. Not only is she recognised for her outstanding sporting career, Nicola is also an ambassador of Fight for Peace. She has worked across the world inspiring young women to take part in combat sports and to raise awareness of women in her respective field. Nicola is inspirational for her tireless hard work and her motivation to represent women in the world of sport!

This is only a short list covering the many women in the LGBTQ+ community who are motivational and inspirational for their hard work and achievements. We aim to represent women from all backgrounds, sexuality, and career paths, not only during pride month but every day through the stories of our role models on our blog.

Happy Pride Month!

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