9 Inspiring Women Backing LGBT Rights Around the World

For Saturday, International Women's Day, here's a look at some of the LGBT women and allies who are working to ensure equality around the globe.



Anjali Gopalan, India
In addition to her work to support LGBT people in India, Anjali Gopalan is a fierce advocate for people with HIV and AIDS. Her organization, the Naz Foundation, is one of India's most prominent groups working on the rights of LGBT people — particularly transgender people — in the massive developing nation. Gopalan has been particularly known to go into the places where sexual minorities of all types hide, bringing them a source of light while others tend to allow darkness to permeate.


Anna Grodzka, Poland
Before Grodzka became the first transgender person elected to the Sejm, the lower house of Poland's Parliament, she campaigned on a platform that included the legalization of marijuana and marriage equality. Now that she's been in office for nearly three years, Grodzka has used her seat to be more vocal about LGBT rights in the heavily Catholic country. In fact earlier this year, she and the first gay federal politician in Poland, Robert Biedron, sat in the front row of Parliament after a former president said that LGBT members should sit "behind a wall."


Kasha Nabagesera, Uganda
While men in Uganda have often been the reported victims of the country's extremely homophobic laws and violent environment, Kasha Nabagesera, the executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, is one of the lesbian activists who has been consistently pushing for better treatment, equality, and fairness in the laws. Her nickname, "Bombastic Kasha," says it all: She dutifully rails against a system that is overwhelmingly against her.

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