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6 Super-Inspiring LGBTQA Celebrities

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This week marks the beginning of LGBT Pride month so it’s definitely time to celebrate. And we’re not just talking about hitting a parade or two. LGBTQA people should toast to some truly groundbreaking strides made both in the courtroom and the boardroom in the past 12 months…

From the significant increase of marriage equality states to the expansion of tolerance in the workplace, now is the time to show your support and acknowledge six remarkable trailblazers. Each one has changed how we view gender and sexuality through their words and stunning images. Don’t believe me? Just watch!

1. Janet Mock, transgender activist, author & host of MSNBC’s “So POPular!”

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower you to step into who you are and encourage you to share yourself with those around you.” ― Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

2. Vicky Beeching, Christian rock star

“The Church’s teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all those years. But rather than abandon it and say it’s broken, I want to be part of the change. What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people. When I think of myself at 13, sobbing into that carpet, I just want to help anyone in that situation to not have to go through what I did, to show that instead, you can be yourself – a person of integrity.” ― Vicky Beeching,

3. Laverne Cox, actress “Orange Is The New Black”

“I would never be so arrogant to think that someone should model their life after me. But the idea of possibility… the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it’s possible. So I prefer the term ‘possibility model’ to ‘role model.’” ― Laverne Cox, in Katie Couric interview

4. Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show”

“Feminism is itself a challenge. Feminism is a challenge to the way things are in the world. It is by definition an oppositional movement, because it’s trying to accomplish something. I’ve never felt like feminism was a consciousness raising effort in isolation. Everything about feminism is about getting something in the world to get better for women, and to get the world to be less stupid on gender bifurcation terms. I think that feminism over time gets better, or it gets better and worse and better and worse at achieving the goals that it’s trying to achieve, but the overall mission stays the same. I don’t think of it as a competition; there’s no winning. In feminism, you’re always trying to make stuff better. It’s opposition to which you cannot attribute a tally.” ― Rachel Maddow, on her show

5. Robin Roberts, news anchor on “Good Morning America”

“Do you know that some women actually refuse to be treated for fear of losing their hair? In the words of my friend India Arie: “Hey, I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am a soul that lives within.” I wanted to make a statement that I wasn’t ashamed to have cancer or be bald. I was absolutely stunned by the reaction to my video diary. The outpouring of support was overwhelming.” ― Robin Roberts, Everybody’s Got Something

6. Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympian

“I look at it this way. Bruce was always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer. For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything I do in life, it is part of me. That female side is part of me. It’s who I am. I was not genetically born that way…I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.” Caitlyn Jenner, 20/20 interview and Vanity Fair

Photos: Getty Images

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