100 Women We Love: Class Of 2018

Each one of these women, in her own unique way, is a role model who exemplifies the best of the LGBTQ community.

Sharice Davids

Photo by Danielle Robinson

Sharice Davids is a Democrat running for Congress from Kansas’ third congressional district, and stand back, because this MMA competitior is ready for battle. “I’ve been put down, pushed aside, knocked out,” she says in a campaign video. “Truth is, I’ve had to fight my whole life because of who I am, who I love, and where I started. But I didn’t let anything get in my way.” Indeed, she is a proud graduate of Cornell Law School and a former White House Fellow. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Native American tribe, Davids is passionate about many political issues: She’s against the way the economy favors the wealthy, she believes more children deserve the right to a good public education, she champions equal rights for all, and she thinks the state of healthcare in this country is leading to needless suffering and death. Davids’ victory wouldn’t just mean a change for her constituents; she could make history as the first Native American congresswoman and the first LGBTQ politician in the Kansas delegation. Her advice to others who are dreaming of changing the world? “Live your truth. You have so much to offer the world and we have a responsibility to our communities to use our gifts and talents. Don’t shy away from that — embrace it and take advantage of that opportunity.” Even if she doesn’t snag the congressional seat, she’s already won our hearts. —GH