When you are part of any minority in this world, it is always emboldening and empowering to have heroes and figures to look up to, to relate to and find strength in. For the LGBTQ+ community, having knowledge of people just like you who have done amazing and profound things can be a really comforting thing, especially if you find yourself in a situation where not everyone in your life is as supportive as they should. Here are 10 LGBT icons that everyone should be aware of!
1. Sir Ian McKellen
We all know and love Ian McKellen for his performances in blockbusters like X-Men and Lord Of The Rings, but what a lot of people might not know is that he is a proud gay man and campaigner for LGBT equality across the board. He particularly gets involved with stopping homophobic bullying in schools.