Wrekin's LGBTQ+ Superheroes
As part of LGBTQ History Month 2022, members of our ‘Proud to Be Me’ group have picked their LGBTQ superheroes.
Gareth has had an influential career both on and off the pitch. From representing the Welsh national team to being an icon of the LGBT+ community, Gareth has utilised his platform to support greater diversity in sport. His advocacy work for LGBT+ representation was further heightened when he announced his HIV positive status, helping to tackle the stigma surrounding the disease.
Annie has been an outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate as well as a HIV/AIDS activist. Her androgynous look broke fresh ground in the 1980s and has provided a source of inspiration for so many.
Jurgen Klopp has regularly worn Rainbow Laces in his trainers on matchdays and has encouraged his players to speak up and advocate for social causes. Jurgen has urged Liverpool fans to put an end to homophobic chanting and made it clear that he is an ally of the community. its people like Klopp who speak out that will one day make a difference.
Jade has used her platform to raise awareness of the inequalities that still exists today – she’s even a Stonewall Ambassador! The work Jade has done has enabled many people to be themselves – she is the perfect ally!
Sir Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen came out as gay in 1988 and has campaigned for LGBT+ rights around the world ever since. He played a key role in launching the Stonewall movement for gay rights in the UK - initial talks around its creation took place at his Limehouse home.
21st February 2022