Detail: Martina Navratilova By Monti Spry/Rob Taggart, 1978
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Ben Summerskill was appointed the Chief Executive of the UK-based lesbian, gay and bisexual rights lobby organisation Stonewall in 2003, now the largest gay equality body in Europe. He led parliamentary campaigns for the introduction of civil partnership and also for pioneering new protections for gay people against discrimination in the delivery of public services, introduced in 2007.

Summerskill's selection includes:


'When she came out... that principled move, which attracted worldwide scrutiny, cost her millions in endorsements but convinced an adolescent boy that one day honesty might be not just possible but easy'

Ben Summerskill