Then, just last week, Dame Kelly Holmes felt she could be open about her sexuality (Picture: Getty Images/instagram)
This year, we have been lucky enough to gain three new female celebrity LGBT+ role models.
Not long after Emeli Sande shared that she had fallen in love with a woman, Rebel Wilson introduced her girlfriend.
Then, just last week, Dame Kelly Holmes felt she could be open about her sexuality.
I am over the moon to say that she will be making her first appearance at the British LGBT Awards, taking place tonight.
We should celebrate these women coming out; not only because everyone should have the right to live their life openly with the people they love, but because of what it means to the rest of the community, too.
Visibility and seeing people like us represented is directly linked to our experiences in every aspect of life, our recent LGBT+ under 25s survey suggests.
Having positive female role models is a great step forward and can only improve that journey for others.
But, at the same time, we have to ask, would they have come out sooner if there was better representation in the first place?
Our recent nationwide study of LGBT+ youth found that a higher proportion of men stated that it was easy to come out at work (86%) compared to women (60%). However, people who identify as bisexual were nearly twice as unlikely to announce their true sexuality…
Rebel Wilson and Ramona Agruma (Picture: Rebel Wilson/Instagram)
And, perhaps unsurprisingly, people whose gender identity was different from their sex assigned at birth were even more likely to have found it difficult to come out at work.
However, it isn’t just in the workplace that less visibility has an impact; all areas of intersectionality, bisexuality, non-binary and trans experience more discrimination and a lower likelihood of coming out to family.
So, this year, we celebrate those organisations that are doing more to ensure the entire spectrum representing the LGBT+ community are visible.
Celebrated among our Top 10 Media Moments include, Netflix’s showcasing of great storylines around non-binary representation through Sex Education and ethnic minority representation on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which featured its first same-sex male couple, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.
The 2022 British LGBT Awards Top 10 shortlist is the most gender-inclusive to date, with a record number of trans and non-binary nominees listed. We’re proud to see our community come together to celebrate gender-expansive identities in the face of political adversity.
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To celebrate 50 years of Pride, Metro.co.uk has teamed up with Kyiv Pride to raise money for their important work in Ukraine.
Despite war raging around them, Kyiv Pride continue to help LGBTQ+ people, offering those in need shelter, food and psychological support.
We will be splitting the funds with akt, a charity dedicated to supporting young homeless LGBTQ+ people.
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