PinkNews takes a look at some the most inspirational LGBT women and allies to mark International Women’s Day.
1 Ellen Page
Page revealed that she was gay, 2014 in an emotional speech to The Human Rights Campaign. The actress has since become an international advocate for LGBT rights – she even attended a Pride event in Jamaica, despite homosexuality being illegal there.
2 Janet Mock
Janet Mock has worked tirelessly to achieve trans equality and shine a light on the issues many trans women face. Last year, during a powerful interview with Oprah Winfrey, the write said she will always “proudly and unapologetically” stand up for her identity as a trans woman.
3 Penny Wong
Penny Wong was the first member of the Australian Labor Party to come out while still sitting in parliament. She continues to be a leading voice in the ongoing fight for marriage equality in Australia.
4 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ultra-liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has long supported equality, attracting fury from conservatives for performing same-sex weddings herself ahead of last year’s court ruling which saw marriage equality legalised across the US.
5 Vicky Beeching
Christian rock star Vicky Beeching came out as gay in 2014. She continues to discuss the struggles she experienced with her sexuality, as well as the challenges faced by religious members of the LGBT community.
6 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus confirmed she identifies as “pansexual” – and not bisexual as widely reported in the media – last August. The pop star revealed she had dated men and women earlier this year, when she said: “There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. I’m not hiding my sexuality.”
7 Amber Heard
The actress, who stars in the Danish Girl, came out in 2010 as she dated photographer Tasya van Ree. She later married Johnny Depp, and adopted his two children, but says marrying a man does not define her sexual orientation.
8 Cara Delevingne
World famous supermodel Cara Delevingne chose a suitably fashionable way to come out – in Vogue magazine. “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognised that I had to accept it.”