October is LGBT History Month

MY HERO honors heroes from all walks of life. We honor diversity and we respect the rights of individuals.The LGBTQ community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBTQ History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement of the community's extraordinary national and international contributions.


Love Has No Labels

Producer: Prod. The Ad Council / Dir. R/GA
The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, others and institutions.

Austin Police Department & LGPOA: It Gets Better

Producer: Steven McCormick/Shawn Northcutt
The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association sends a message to LGBTQ youth that it does get better.

I Love Marriage in Illinois: It's Just Time

Producer: Lambda Legal/Leslie Von Pless and Ben Mendelsohn
From Chicago to Springfield, Peoria to Champaign, our brave plaintiff couples and their children are leading the fight for marriage in Illinois.

Janet Miller

Producer: The Working Group
Janet Miller leads her students to stand up for their LGBT peers.


LGBT Activist Heroes

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

By: Maddy from San Diego
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was the first known activist for gay rights.

Jane Addams

By: April from San Diego
Jane Addams was a leading reformist and peace advocate.

Langston Hughes

By: Jeff Trussell
Langston Hughes was nicknamed the Poet Laureate of Harlem.

James Baldwin

By: Eric from Elmhurst
James Baldwin was a famed novelist and essayist.

Harvey Milk

By: Tammy Chen from San Diego

Milk was the first openly gay politician and worked to gain equal rights for the LGBT community.

Angela Davis

By: Alexia from Madison
Angela Davis is a leader, author, and professor who has fought for decades for human rights.

Frank Mugisha

By: H. Doerflein from Madison

Ugandan LGBT activist, recipient of Robert Kennedy Human Rights Award.

Fay Clayton

By: Jennifer Beck
Attorney Fay Clayton has spent much of her 26-year career championing society’s victims.

Helen Zia

By: Hannah from San Diego
Helen Zia is an Asian American journalist, scholar and activist for human rights.

LGBT Media Heroes

Anderson Cooper

By: Chelsea from San Diego
Anderson Cooper is a television reporter and journalist.

LGBT Heroes in Entertainment

Laverne Cox

By: Michelle from San Diego
"Cox doesn't want to be seen as an icon or a hero, she just wants to prove that everyone is human and even if they may be different that just makes them special."

Ellen Lee DeGeneres

By: Joseph from Blue Sky
Ellen Degeneres, born January 26, 1958, is an actress, comedian, and a talk show host.

Lady Gaga

By: Hanna from San Diego
Lady Gaga speaks out against bullying and for better understanding of LGBT people.

Freddie Mercury

By: Camellia from San Diego
Freddie Mercury was the memorable lead singer of the band, Queen.

Ian McKellen

By: Christyl Tiffany
Ian McKellen is an accomplished English actor and human rights activist.

Gigi Gorgeous

By: Ashlee from Mission Viejo
"Happy people do not tear people down, happy people build people up."

LGBT in Literature

Oscar Wilde

By: Naila from Karachi
Love is more precious and beautiful than the finest jewels.

Walt Whitman

By: Austin from Boca Raton

LGBT Science Heroes

Alan Turing

By: Edward Ortiz
Alan Turing was a brilliant scientist and mathematician who laid the theoretical groundwork for the first computer.

LGBT Heroes in Art

David Hockney, influential contemporary painter and photographer

Detail of Mulholland Drive by David Hockney
Credit: [CC BY-NC 2.0]

Andy Warhol

By: Taryn from Lakewood
"In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Andy Warhol

LGBT Heroes in Film

Lisa Donato

By: Wendy Jewell

LGBT in Music

Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky

By: Yelda from Lawndale
“The creative process is like music which takes root with extraordinary force and rapidity”

LGBT Heroes in Dance

Josephine Baker

By: Amélie from Lyon

Josephine Baker was a popular African American dancer in France, civil rights and anti-Nazi fighter.

Alvin Ailey

By: Adra from San Diego
Alvin Ailey worked his way from a poor field worker to a famous choreographer.

Rudolph Nureyev

By: Shannon from San Diego
Rudolph Nureyev was a legendary Russian ballet dancer.

LBGT Sports Heroes

Billie Jean King

By: Kathy Crockett
Billie Jean King is an advocate for women in sports and champion tennis player.

Johnny Weir

By: Gelli from San Diego
Johnny Weir is a champion figure skater and known for his advocacy for LGBT and other human rights.

Martina Navratilova

By: Madeleine from Mission Viejo
Martina Navratilova is a former tennis player and coach who is an activist for animals, gay rights and underprivileged children.

Everyday Heroes


By: Kathy from Branford
Dad taught us about integrity, friendship, and putting in 100% of ourselves in anything we take on.

Joel Burns

By: Wendy Jewell

Joel Burns reached out to LGBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.

Janet Miller

By: David from The MY HERO Project
Janet Miller is a teacher who stepped up to prevent bullying of LGBT students.


Harry Hay (1912 - 2002)

By: Robert Shetterly

Gay Activists

By: EB


By: Alex Hunt


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