100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Sloane Cameron

Photo by Lorri Eidenschink Broaddus

“Once you start training and you have a goal in mind, you stop at nothing to achieve it. That’s what martial arts has taught me,” says Tae Kwon Do athlete Sloane Cameron, who achieved a world record in women’s power breaking in 2015. This was her second win, however, as she first had to win the right for women to be able to compete at power breaking events at the global Tae Kwon Do championship in the first place—a victory that came after years of petitioning. “Once you reach your goal, you set a new one—a better one, one that helps more people,” Cameron says. “This way, you always are moving forward in your life and you have a list of accomplishments behind you. This is the key to success.” Not one to rest on her laurels, Cameron still has a ton to keep her busy, like a new business (the martial arts/ninja warrior gym Northwest Ninja Park in Oregon) and her plan to audition for the reality show “American Ninja Warrior.” “I think most people assume I am gay,” she tells GO. “I don’t have to ‘come out’ very often. It has never affected my success. You do get the occasional hater, but those are vastly outnumbered by the supportive people, who are then again vastly outnumbered by the people who don’t care one way or the other; they just want you to be a good role model for their children.”—GH

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