Every May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. To commemorate the occasion, we here at KWIR Media are shining a spotlight on 6 courageous individuals who represent “LGBTQIA Warriors” in 2018.
Ada Vox, drag queen American Idol contestant, blew away the show’s audience and judges with not only his amazing, powerful voice but also his tenacity to make it to the top no matter how rough it is to get there. Vox, whose real name is Adam Sanders, American Idol story is a long and arduous journey of self-empowerment, which lead him to become a judge favorite on the revamp American Idol show. Vox has encouraged not only LGBT individuals to stand strong and persevere but he has also encouraged those of us who have been bullied and have low-esteem to believe in yourself and go for your dreams no matter what! Click here to watch our LGBTQIA Warrior Vox’s claim to the top on the back of his own determination and will.
Adam Rippon, a U.S. Olympic Figure Skater, shocked the world when he refused U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s request for a phone call with him. The figure skating team event bronze medalist denied the Vice President’s request stating on The Ellen Show that there was no need for him to talk to the anti-LGBT VP, essentially saying that his refusal was in support of the LGBT community. Rippon also talked about his involvement with GLAAD’s Youth Engagement Program. Click here to watch our LGBTQIA Warrior Rippon shine on The Ellen Show.
Brad Weber, a rugby player for Chiefs, comes to our defense after rugby star Israel Folau awful anti-gay Instagram comments. Weber quickly came to the defense of our community publicly condemning Folau harsh comments calling them disgusting. The rugby star went on to say that he has lesbian family members who he loves and cares for deeply and that are the most loving and caring people that he knows. Weber and his team stood by his words with action by wearing rainbow-colors during one of their rugby games. Click here to read more about our LGBTQIA Warrior Weber’s brave stance against homophobia.
Emma Gonzalez, a parkland high shooting survivor turned gun control activist, has been thrust into the spotlight with her brave and courageous persona. Off the heels of the horrific shooting at a Parkland Highschool in South Florida, Gonzalez and other schoolmates of hers made it their mission to curtail gun violence not only in their hometown but throughout the U.S. Although, Gonzalez activism isn’t directly in support of the LGBT community the fierce public speaker represents a brave and powerful voice to other young LGBT individuals showing them that they too can stand proud of who they are inside and out. Click here to watch our LGBTQIA Warrior Gonzalez’s powerful words echo through the U.S. Capital at the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington D.C.
Gus Kenworthy, a U.S. Olympic Freestyle Skier, is an all-around LGBT activist who isn’t afraid to show his overwhelming support for the LGBT community. The silver 2018 Winter Olympics medalist has publicly shot down Vice President Mike Pence’s role as the Leader of the U.S. Delegation at the Winter Olympics, calling it a strange choice. Kenworthy has no shame in his game and stands proud as a gay man even kissing his partner on live television during his Olympic win. Click here to watch our LGBTQIA Warrior Kenworthy talk about the “strange choice” Mike Pence on The Ellen Show.
Jason Jones, a dual-citizen of Trinidad and England, has championed the 2018 repeal of the long-existing anti-LGBT Trinidian “buggery law” that essentially made gay sex a crime on the Caribbean Island. Jones bravery to stand in opposition to the law hasn’t come without a cost. Backlash has ensued since the Trinidadian court decided to decriminalize the colonial-era law, which has forced Jones to shy away from friends and family out of concern for their safety. Click here to read more about our LGBTQIA Warrior Jones’ heroic defeat.
We list 6 LGBTQIA Warriors but there are surely more to come as we continue through 2018. And there is no mistaking the many that have already shown their courage and love both past and present. To all the LGBTQIA Warriors now and to come, we love and honor you with our internal admiration.