LGBT Rights Activists

A number of people/activists have played an important role and made huge difference to the cause of the LGBT community. Without these fearless and incredible activists, the LGBT rights movement would not have been the same. Here are some of the important LGBT rights activists you should know.

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 1 Hunter Schafer

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

A promising young actress, model and LGBT rights activist, Hunter Schafer found fame with her debut role - Jules - in the HBO series Euphoria. Before this, she made a name for herself in the modelling industry working for famous designers and brands. A proud transgender woman, she has been fighting for the rights of LGBTQ since a long time.

 2 Laverne Cox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States

 3 Chaz Bono

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Famous As: Actor, LGBT Rights Activist
Birthdate: March 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Born to famous entertainers, Sonny and Cher Bono, actor Chaz Bono made his first television appearance in his parents’ show. Later, he pursued a musical career with a band named Ceremony. A lesbian, he underwent a female-to-male gender transition and created a documentary Becoming Chaz about his experience. He has also authored books and featured in films and television projects.

 4 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 5 Eartha Kitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 6 Indya Moore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 7 George Takei

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Famous As: Actor, Activist
Birthdate: April 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
George Takei is best known as Hikaru Sulu from the series Star Trek and later reprised the role in several Star Trek films. He initially did voice work for English-dubbed Japanese movies. A vocal LGBT rights activist, he himself is gay. His Facebook page has a huge fan base.
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 8 Brad Pitt

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States

Counted among the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, Brad Pitt is an actor and film producer who has appeared in many big-budget productions. He was cited as the world’s most attractive man for several years. He is also involved in various philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors.

 9 Barbara Bush

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, United States

 10 Maryse Ouellet

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 11 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 12 Jazz Jennings

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Famous As: LGBTQ Rights Activist, Internet Personality, Spokesmodel
Birthdate: October 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florida
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 13 Marsha P. Johnson

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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Died: July 6, 1992

 14 Delta Burke

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Delta Burke is an American actress, author, and producer. She is best known for playing Suzanne Sugarbaker in the popular TV series Designing Women. Despite struggling with issues, such as eating disorders, depression, and overweight, Delta Burke has managed to establish a successful acting career and serves as an inspiration to people suffering from similar problems.

 15 Tipper Gore

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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 16 Matt McGorry

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Matt McGorry is best known as John Bennett from the iconic Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and as Asher Millstone from How to Get Away with Murder. He is a feminist and a social activist, too. He was initially a fitness trainer and a bodybuilder.

 17 S. E. Cupp

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: February 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oceanside, California, U.S.

 18 Yolanda King

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 19 Greg Louganis

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Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States

 20 Jack Parsons

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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 17, 1952

 21 Janet Mock

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

 22 Angelica Ross

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin

 23 Dan Savage

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 24 Betty DeGeneres

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Famous As: Speech Therapist
Birthdate: May 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

 25 Bayard Rustin

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: March 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 24, 1987

 26 Alexandra Paul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

 27 Gavin Creel

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Findlay, Ohio, USA

 28 Larry Kramer

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

 29 Dennis Kucinich

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 30 Lisa Lampanelli

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Famous As: Stand-up Comedians
Birthdate: July 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trumbull, Connecticut, USA

 31 Sarah Hegazi

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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: June 14, 2020

 32 iO Tillett Wright

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York

 33 Wilson Cruz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 34 Gale Harold

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, USA

 35 Cooper Hefner

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 36 Blake McIver Ewing

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 37 Rita Mae Brown

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States

 38 Alexandra Billings

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

 39 DEV

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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: July 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tracy, United States

 40 Michael Huffington

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States U.S.

 41 Jónsi

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 42 Anne Marie Waters

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 43 Alan Duncan

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK

 44 Jón Gnarr

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 45 Lorena Borjas

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Veracruz, Mexico
Died: March 30, 2020

 46 Andrea

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 47 Coccinelle

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 9, 2006

 48 Del Martin

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Famous As: Gay rights activist
Birthdate: May 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 27, 2008

 49 Tamara Todevska

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skopje, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia

 50 José Sarria

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Famous As: Drag queen
Birthdate: December 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: August 19, 2013
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