Lgbt-youthAs we approach the end of 2014, we look at several outstanding youths who are all aged twenty years or younger at this time. Each has been out and proud members of their local communities and have made remarkable contributions at an early stage in their lives. Many have gone further and become well recognized internationally for their achievements.

These LGBTQ individuals hail from countries as diverse as Great Britain, Canada, Azerbaijan, Australia, the United States, and Sweden. They are a mix of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender youths. They have taken an active role on various human rights issues – in sports, schools, business, science, and the arts.

Regrettably, three of the individuals committed suicide because of their sexual identity. Specifically, two were subjected to gay bullying at school, while the third lived in a hostile country for LGBTQ individuals. On a positive note, their deaths drew significant global attention to the issues of bullying and human rights, including the implementation of anti-bullying legislation. It is important that we remember them and celebrate their short lives.

You can see the complete list at QueerBio.Com