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Top 5 LGBT Activists of 2012

The people who make it better to be queer. Plus four to watch in 2013...

Lily Pritchard

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:41:51 GMT | Updated 4 years today

1) Dan Savage (pictured)


Created the 'It Gets Better' campaign - which is backed by celebrities such as Jake Shears, Janet Jackson, Kathy Griffin, Jane Lynch and Eve - and aims to "show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach''. In November 2012 he also created the Tumblr page 'Straight Up Thanks', which thanks straight people who continue to help fight for marriage equality.


2) Brittany McMillan


Canadian Mcmillan founded 'Spirit Day' in 2012 after being shocked at the amount of LGBT youths committing suicide. The 18-year-old pansexual's campaign encourages people to wear purple to show support for gay youth. It has become an annual tradition online celebrated by celebrities and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).


3) Diana Scholl and Lauren Golio


Photographer Scholl and Journalist Golio, both from New York, set up 'We Are The Youth'. It is an online photojournalism project about the coming out stories of 14-21 year olds. They have told the stories of over 60 young people including "an Alabama teen that said his father found out he was gay by reading his Facebook account, a transgender Bronx woman who said her biggest supporter has been her grandfather and a California teen who said she identifies as queer because eliminating an entire gender from her choices of partners seems odd".


Click here for We Are The Youth



4) Murray Lipp


Lipp is the creator of the Facebook group 'Gay Marriage USA' (GMUSA). The page has over 300,000 subscribers and regularly posts pictures of newly wed same-sex couples and current LGBT news. In 2012, Lipp led the change in attempting to move Demographic National Convention out of North Carolina due to the states anti-equality laws, his petition has more than 40,000 signatures.



5) Randy Phillips


Phillips is an airman of the United States Air Force who came out, not only to his parents, but to the whole world live via YouTube. His announcement came after the repeal of the 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy caught the attention of the media. His video has been viewed over 6 million times. 


Click here for Randy's video



So, who should you be looking out for in 2013?


Kristin Russo and Danielle Owens-Reid founded "Everyone Is Gay' in 2010. It originally started out as an advice website for LGBT youth. In 2011 they started visiting schools and community centers and continue to increase awareness at college campuses through an ongoing nationwide tour.



Shane Bitney Crone made a YouTube video dedicated to his late, long-term boyfriend May Crone. It was titled "It could happen to you" and received over 3 millions views. It detailed his story along the inequalities the LGBT community face and was followed up with a second video "No freedom until we are equal" which pleas for people to vote in favor of several state's equality laws. His video is being made in to a feature length documentary so watch out for it.


Click here for Shane's video



Brian Ellner created "The Four 2012" which is an online campaign to seek votes in favour of gay marriage laws in four American states. As this was the first time gay marriage was put up for popular vote, Ellner's ifluence was crucial and thankfully, it worked. He still tweets regularly about marriage equality.




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  • Dj Lindsay - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:51:00 GMT -

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    maybe you could all look a little closer to home for LGBT activists!! JUST A BALL GAME? have existed for 8 years on £0 funding!! @justaballgame!/justaballgame