Prominent LGBTQ Deaths in 2021

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The global LGBTQ community lost many notable individuals during the year. Each of these individuals has played an important and visible role in creating an awareness, sensitivity, profile, and as an activist for human rights as they relate to minorities and sexual diversities. These individuals made contributions in the field of journalism, theatre, television, film, sports, religion, activism, fashion, business, politics, and books.

The year witnessed many individuals passing away who contributed firsts in their fields: the U.K.'s first transgender model, the first out U.S. Ambassador, the U.S.'s first transgender Mayor, and the world's first woman photojournalist. The creator of the red ribbon campaign also passed away in 2021.

Each will be remembered for their personal and professional impact on their friends, communities, and the world at large. is proud to ensure their legacy within the LGBTQ community.

Simply click on their names to read their fascinating biographies:



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