Some familiar faces amongst the LGBT icons

ITV has produced a list of ten LGBT icons in the East of England. 

There are some familiar faces in there.

Zoe O’Connell

Championing transgender and LGBT issues across Cambridgeshire is Zoe O’Connell’s passion.

The transgender Liberal Democrat councillor, has spoken out about her own experience of homophobia and transphobia while on the campaign trail in Trumpington.

Zoe has co-authored Liberal Democrat policy papers on equality and security. She has also written for prominent titles like The Guardian and The Huffington Post.

and

Sarah Brown

For several years Sarah Brown, a Cambridge city councillor between 2010 and 2014, was the only transgender politician in the UK.

In 2011. 2012 and 2013, she featured on the Independent’s “Pink List” – a collation of the most influential LGBT people in the UK.

She now works closely to improve conditions for transgender people in the NHS as well as taking an active role at the Kite Trust and Stonewall‘s Trans Advisory Group

Sarah got a monster swing from Labour in a by-election in Cambridge last year. She spoke at our fringe meeting on trans rights.

Zoe is the Vice-Chair of our Federal Conference Committee (FCC) and provides LDV with regular reports on the motions and amendments selected for debate at Conference.  Sarah is on Federal People Development Committee (FPDC) and is that Committee’s representative on FCC.

It is good to see that the work that they have done to further the cause of LGBT rights has been recognised.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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