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THESE WOMEN RULE

AROUND THE WORLD LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANS WOMEN ARE MAKING THEIR PRESENCE FELT ON THE POLITICAL SCENE
Name: ANGELA EAGLE (UK) Position: MP for Wallasey, shadow fi rst secretary of state
PHOTOS CARRIE LYELL, POLICY EXCHANGE, PETER MCNALLY (SNP)

May’s General Election saw more LGBT MPs elected to the House of Commons than ever before, but the world of politics has been slow in enticing LBT women to get involved.

Perhaps it should be no surprise. Women as a whole are still hugely underrepresented in legislatures around the world, and queer women of all shades often face a double discrimination against both gender and sexuality when it comes to standing for public office.

The lack of representation of LBT women of colour is even more noticeable, and something all parties in the UK have failed to improve. There has never been an LBT woman of colour elected to the House of Commons.

Indeed, the perpetually low number of women in parliament in the UK overall has prompted a variety of famous faces, journalists and activists to form the Women’s Equality Party. The organisation, whose founders include the recently appointed QI host Sandi Toksvig, aim to shake up the Westminster boys’ club, and get women of all hues elected.

Name: MARGOT JAMES (UK) Position: MP for Stourbridge, assistant government whip

The WEP is just one example of why those of us who want a more diverse politics should not despair, but get stuck in. If you’re a lady who likes ladies, and also want to get involved in politics, there are plenty of examples around the world who can inspire you to take up your cause.

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In the new issue Ellen Page talks to us – and you – about coming out and playing gay in her new movie Freeheld, alongside the great talent that is Julianne Moore. We've also spoken to Carrie-Ann Moss (AKA Trinity from The Matrix) about her role as a lesbian lawyer in the new Netflix series Jessica Jones. Our First Ladies feature looks at the world's most influential LGBT political figures in the corridor of power. Charlotte Cooper talks Fat Power and why fat activism is important to anyone who cares about social change. Sarah Outen shares her rowing home to marry story. Also in this issue: Alicya Eyo Bi-commodification Cherry Jones Sober Start Margaret Cho Find Your Balance Big Joanie Stay protected online Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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