In an article about the Independent on Sunday ‘Pink List’ (which recognizes people within the LGBTQ community), Nat Titman writes:
I would love to read other people’s Inspiration Lists, especially international lists and lists covering queer and trans* communities of which I’m not a member. I encourage you all to thank everyone who’s inspired you, made it easier to be queer, trans* or gender nonconforming or helped you or your communities in practical ways.
To a large extent I've already mentioned many of my own inspirations here, so I'll make this list a bit more specific, noting a few personal reasons – while not discounting other things they may have done – these people have my gratitude.
In no particular order, they are:
Eddie Izzard – for doing so much to destigmatize transvestism.
Vicky Lee – for opening the pre-internet door to the tranny subculture.
Richard O'Brien – for the song Sweet Transvestite (especially as performed by Tim Curry – such attitude!)
Julia Grant – for the BBC documentary ‘A Change of Sex’.
Ian McKellen (famous relative) – for coming out on Wogan in 1988.
Leslie Feinberg – for hir prideful book Transgender Warriors.
Kate Bornstein and Riki Wilchins – for their playful gender theory.
Dorothy Allison and Patrick Califia – for the courage of their writing.
Stephen Whittle – for his activism and intelligence.
Okay, I could add many more names to this list – many more femmes, for instance – and perhaps at a later date I will. But for now, those eleven will do. Thank you to every one of them.