Queerbio: Outstanding LGBTQ Youths Of 2016

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Jesus Tomillero, Spanish referee

The LGBT biography site, QueerBio.Com, has presented its annual list of Outstanding LGBTQ Youths for 2016.

“The biographies of these individuals were added to the biographical website during the year when their actions and achievements came to the attention of the editors. Some have faced great risk to their personal lives by being publicly identified as LGBTQ”.

All have used their skills or served as role models to help others live their lives openly, such as football referee, Jesus Tomillero from Spain, who was bullied and threatened, and who became “an outspoken figure against homophobia in football, with groups including the Association for Iberian Sports LGBT and the Union of Referees rallying behind him”.

http://www.thelocal.es reported last April that Tomillero said there are probably many closeted gay referees who are afraid to come out, and that despite his negative experiences, he would continue to referee.

“I am going to carry on for all of us, not just for me,” he said. “There are many closeted gays in Spanish football, including in the first and second division. They are afraid of discrimination… I understand them. But it does not scare me. I only want to be respected.”

The Queerbio list takes into account how each youth has made a material impact in their ‘field of interest’, including activism, sports, politics, the military, fashion and entertainment.

“It is particularly notable the large number of transgender individuals appearing on the list this year.

This reflects the increased visibility, activism, and confidence within the community and across the age spectrum.

These individuals hail from Sweden, Canada, Tunisia, the United States, India, Great Britain and Spain”.

To read the full list,  CLICK HERE.

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