Here’s 25 of our favourite Black LGBTQI icons changing the game in 2020 ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿


Happy Black History Month! Every October it’s an important time to not only look back at Black History, but also to look forward and celebrate the here and now. To shine a light on the individuals who have made a difference in what has been a heavy and difficult year for Black lives worldwide.

Earlier this year, thousands of people all over the world flocked to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, following the tragic deaths in America of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery.

This year more than ever, it’s crucially important that we highlight the Black queer women and non-binary people out there who are changing the game and making a huge difference for the representation of Black people. 

Every single person on this list has shaped both LGBTQI and Black culture through incredible work, and challenged prejudice faced within their individual industries over the years. Whether that’s in film, sport, music or activism – these Black queer women and non-binary people are providing us with real representation through their achievements and dedication to amplifying Black voices.

Here’s our list of 25 inspiring Black change makers to celebrate this Black History Month. 🌈

Arlo Parks 

Nicola Adams 

Amandla Stenberg 

Sophie Duker


Janelle Monáe 

Audre Lorde

Indya Moore 

Javicia Leslie 

Char Bailey

Adele Roberts 

Phyll Opoku-Gymiah 

Munroe Bergdorf 

Marsha P. Johnson

Lena Waithe 

Janet Mock 

Dua Saleh 

Samantha Irby 

Isis Davis 

Bernardine Evaristo

Maisie Richardson-Sellers 

 Punkie Johnson

Dr. Ronx

Liv Little

Samira Wiley

There are so many more amazing Black LGBTQI women and non-binary people out there changing the world, tweet us some of your faves using the #BlackHistoryMonth hashtag at @DIVAmagazine. 

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