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But what if it’s me in the closet?

If your sexuality or your gender is a private matter, that’s okay. You’re in charge of who you tell, and when. You don’t have to tell anyone, if you’re more comfortable like that.

If your friends and family already know, but you don’t want it shared any wider than that, then you do need to have a chat with them soon to make sure they understand your wishes and respect them.

I made a decision to be visibly “out” as a bisexual woman from the start of my time in the States, because I knew that I wanted to be able to speak from the heart on subjects like same-sex marriage. I also feel strongly that it does make a difference to see people ‘like you’ in roles you might want to do – by being out, I hoped to make it a little bit of an easier decision for the next LGBTQ+ person who was considering going into Guernsey politics.

But I know that’s not a decision everyone can afford to make, or is ready to make – and whatever your reasons, that’s absolutely fine. No one is likely to force you to come out if you’re not ready, and you don’t owe it to anyone else to do so.

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Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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