As well as the LGBT+ role models, there are an awful lot of LGBT+ allies that go unnoticed. Allies of the LGBT+ Community ensure that education is being forwarded to individuals about LGBT+ issues, these individuals support their LGBT+ friends, family members, children or general LGBT+ individuals. This blog post is to highlight my top 5 LGBT+ allies and why they are such amazing people;
- My Mum – My Mum is one of the biggest LGBT+ allies known to man. When I came out she embraced it and now she is one of the most positive people that I know. Shes not afraid to tell people that I am transgender and that is something that is truly rare. One of the biggest and proudest moments in my life was late last year when I was featured in the South Wales Argus and there was an awful lot of comments on there regarding me being transgender, my Mum stood up to each one of those individuals and stated that she is proud of me, she is proud of who I am and that she isn’t taking any shit basically. A few hours after she Face-timed me and explained that she wanted to start up a coffee club for parents of LGBT+ children so they could have a support network that she never had. One of the main things she said to me was “You are my child regardless of gender or sexuality and my first priority is your happiness.”
- Lady Gaga – There has been many rumours regarding Lady Gaga’s sexuality, she has openly admitted to dating a woman but she has not confirmed her sexuality. Lady Gaga is an amazing Allie within the LGBT+ community. In some of her songs she highlights the LGBT+ community and in her most famous song born this way the lyrics included; “No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive”. Lady Gaga has shown her support for the LGBT+ community since she rose to stardom and has since supported the community in more ways that we know.
- Tracy Shayler – Tracy Shayler is an amazing woman who is an ally to any community in the world. She works alongside the being me campaign which highlights that everybody has differences and we should all be proud of that, you can check out the being me campaign here. Tracey’s son Luke Shayler is a gay YouTuber and she has been on his channel a few times reacting to homophobic comments which is a fantastic video. Tracy is an amazing ally to the LGBT+ community and she is one of my top role models. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qM9Mhqb48A
- Barack Obama – In 2008 Obama was elected as the united states of America, and again elected in 2012. In those short 8 years Obama put a forward for Gay Marriage which was successful in America, he was the first ever President to mention the words gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian in a sentence. Obama has been one of the main role models in Americas history to push for LGBT+ Rights and sometimes that gets unrecognised when there is a lot of negativity around.
- Tracey Bancroft – I first met Tracey when I was elected as Pride Cymru’s Young Person Champion and she was one of the coordinators for the Youth Council and my role. Tracey is one of those individuals who is always rushed off their feet helping others which is extraordinary. If it wasn’t for Tracey then I wouldn’t of had the determination to do the campaigning work that I do, she’s supportive of everything I do, she encourages me when I feel down and she is always there if I ever need help.
If you know any LGBT+ Allies who are doing a fantastic job at helping the LGBT+ movement, thank them for what they are doing for us, and for future generations.
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.