Chaz Bono is a musician, author, and actor who grabbed public attention when he came out as a member of the LGBT community in 1995 in the magazine, The Advocate. In the magazine to encouraged teens that were experiencing what he had to be honest with themselves. He furthered his activism by forming the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) that was created to combat abuse of members of the LGBT community. Through 2008 to 2010, Bono documented his transition from female to male called Becoming Chaz, which showed how the transition process worked and what the mental strain that people in his position go through in order to feel like themselves. Currently not much is known about what Bono is doing, but he has been praised by the LGBT community for his work and for being so open about his journey.
Lillian D. Wald March 10, 1867 to September 4, 1940
Lillian D. Wald was a nurse, humanitarian, suffragette, and a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ms. Wald spent much of her professional life aiding those of a lower economic class with issues related to health and sanitation. In 1893, with Mary Brewster, Wald set up the Visiting Nurses Service, an organization that would have three-thousand club members and a hundred trained nurses by 1915. Through her efforts New York would set up the first Public Health system. Her work for the foundation of the NAACP included medical work and granting all races a chance for better sanitary conditions.
Shirin Nashat March 26, 1957 to Present
Shirin Nashat is an Iranian photographer who uses her art to highlight the strength of women living in traditional Muslim societies. While gaining her higher education in the United States she was away from Iran during its revolution of 1979 and has been an active member of the resistance against the current regime. Her ideologies developed after returning to Iran in 1990 and found that women in the nation had been reduced to lower class citizens by the ruling elite, which sparked her interest in photographing women. By doing so her work has appeared in many prominent museums from Amsterdam to New York City. Granting her more public acclaim and more supporters for her cause against gender discrimination in her homeland.