It’s the last day of Black History Month 2020 and so far we’ve had 30 LGBT+ heroes nominated by the Norfolk LGBT+ community for our daily celebrations. We have heard some wonderful, personal stories about why these people are heroes to our nominators. However there are some notable omissions from this list and as we only had 31 days, Pride historian Stevie Savage has used the final day to name 20 more BAME LGBT+ heroes who she thinks also deserve to be celebrated, raising the total number to 50.

Waheed Alli; Politician
Joan Armatrading; Singer songwriter
Enid Ashby-Otun: Local Pilot and blogger
Jay Bernard: Writer and Poet
Simone Bell; Politician
Tracy Chapman; Singer songwriter
Justin Fashanau; Footballer
Alicia Garza; Co-founder Black Lives Matter
Whitney Houston: Singer/actress
Langston Hughes; Poet
Cyril Nyri; Actor
Femi Otitoju; Equality and human rights activist
Gail; Local singer songwriter
Storme DeLarverie, Drag king and activist.
Arlo Parks; Singer songwriter
Ma Rainey; Singer
Bessie Smith; Singer
Ethel Waters; Singer
MNEK; Singer Songwriter Producer
Samira Wiley; Actress

We are keen for this project to have a legacy and welcome your ideas for how we can celebrate the lives and raise the voices of BAME LGBT+ people throughout the year. Please email Stevie at with your suggestions.