Today marks the start of LGBT History Month, and to honour we’re running a series of posts about So So Gay writers’ ‘LGBT Heroes’.  We opened our LGBT History Month coverage yesterday with Colin Warriner’s interview with Sue Sanders, one of the celebration’s co-founders.

For us, LGBT History Month is about more than the past; ultimately, it’s about how the LGBT community has evolved and developed, from a social underclass to a community that is increasingly accepted by people as being an incredibly important part of the UK’s social and cultural fabric.

That evolution would have been impossible without individuals whose lives have set an example to LGBT people in the UK and around the world. Our ‘LGBT Heroes’ are the people who have inspired us, made our lives easier, or just given us hope that things will get better. Everyone at So So Gay is really excited at the chance to tell our readers about the people we look up to – and with twenty weekdays to cover in February, we hope that most people will see names they’ve not thought of before.  We’re sure some of the names might come as a surprise, too!

Please do keep an eye on the series, which will be updated every weekday at 7.00pm – starting this evening with my own LGBT Hero: Wing Commander Mark Abrahams, the Royal Air Force’s most senior serving openly gay officer.  We’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #LGBTHero for the series – please join in the discussion and offer your own suggestions!

About The Author

Andy Wasley is So So Gay's Executive Editor, and was its Editor-in-Chief from January to November 2011. He is an avid culture vulture, gin-loving wino, injury-prone rugby player, political obsessive and charming geek. He writes for a number of publications, some too boring to mention and often under other people's names. Grr. You can read his inane outpourings on Twitter @andywasley