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Anjali Gopalan is a well-known LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activist in India, most popular for founding and directing The Naz Foundation, a non-governmental organization that aims to help those who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Her work with people affected by the said diseases has also led her to fight for the rights of people of the third gender and bisexuals, which are scorned by society due to their ‘peculiarity’ and ‘difference.’ This led to the enactment of the famous Section 377 in India, which decriminalized homosexuality.

Alicia Keys is a world-renowned professional artist, singer and songwriter most known for her songs, such as “Fallin,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” “No One,” and “Empire State of Mind.” She is among the most successful recording artists in the world today, with her albums constantly selling millions of copies worldwide. She has done numerous collaborations with other famous artists, resulting in award-winning songs that have inspired and influenced people from all over the world.

Tim Tebow is a world-renowned American football player, playing the quarterback for the New York Jets in the National Football League. During his college football years, he was known for his amazing skill and style of play, which helped him win numerous awards and trophies, including the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the ESPY Award.

Jane Cordell is an extraordinary diplomat and a world leader in disability issues in the workplace. She is the very first person with a disability to serve in the Foreign Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, as well as the first person with a disability to become a deputy ambassador to other nations.

Spencer West is a world-renowned speaker and athlete most popular for being the first amputee to ever reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro—the tallest single-standing mountain in the world. He only has the top half of his body, his lower half had had been amputated when he was very young due to a birth defect. In spite of his disability, Spencer never sulked; instead, he saw his disability as a means of encouraging others to achieve their goals.

Molly Melching is a famous human rights activist and promoter most well-known for founding Tostan, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting human rights and empowering the women and children of African countries. Originally born in the United States, Molly went to Africa in her early twenties and fell in love with the country, deciding to stay there.

Samira Ibrahim is a women’s rights activist in Egypt, and one of the most powerful and influential voices today in the area of women’s rights. She rose to prominence after filing a case in the Egyptian court against the military personnel for violating her and other women’s rights after being arrested for joining the 2011 Egyptian Revolution that ousted the then sitting President Hosni Mubarak.

Kurt Fearnley is an amazing inspirational figure, most well-known for his career as a wheelchair racer, winning a number of gold medals in the Paralympic Games and his undertaking of the “Kokoda Track,” a famous thoroughfare in Papua New Guinea, where he literally “crawled” through the 96 kilometer journey to the other end, being the first person with disability to do so. He has also accomplished numerous feats that surpassed the abilities of normal, able-bodied men.

Jeremy Lin is a superstar Taiwanese-American basketball player that used to be joined with the New York Knicks; he is currently in the roster of Houston Rockets. He literally rose to fame overnight after being picked “by chance” in a losing game, suddenly turning it over and leading the team to victory.

Alexei Navalny is a famous political and financial analyst from Russia. He is one of the critics of corruption in the country, using his LiveJournal blog to discuss on the major corruption issues and organize mass demonstrations in response to the corrupt activities that are being practiced in Russia. In fact, he is considered by many as the greatest critic of the incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose government has been described by Alexei as being ‘weakened by all the years of corruption and poverty’.

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