There’s a lot to like about Anna Wintour.
As editor-in-chief, she’s held the reins at fashion bible Vogue since 1988. She has a fearsome reputation, and wields enormous influence in terms of what we’re all wearing and who gets to make it big in the world of fashion.
In terms of Wintour’s charity work, she is probably best known for the annual Met Gala – raising funds for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. But Wintour has also raised enormous amounts of money for AIDS charities.
Wintour’s support for the LGBTQ community extends beyond fund-raising.
According to the Herald Sun, Wintour has also been speaking out and advocating for political change.
While in Melbourne, to deliver a speech during the Australian Open tennis championship, Wintour was asked her opinion about comments made by Margaret Court – an Australian tennis champion whose name is given to one of the main venues for the Australian Open.
Margaret Court has repeatedly made headlines for homophobic statements against the LGBTQ community.
“I find it is inconsistent with the sport for Margaret Court’s name to be on the stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences…” said Wintour, in response to the question. “This much I think is clear to anyone who understands the spirit and joy of the game. Intolerance has no place in tennis. What we love in the stands is watching these remarkable men and women exceed themselves while being themselves in many different forms. Margaret Court was a champion on the court but a meeting point for players of all nations preferences and backgrounds should celebrate somebody that was a champion off it as well.”
During the speech, Wintour had praised Australia for recently embracing marriage equality for the LGBTQ community – “The world sang in celebration with you…” said Wintour.
Wintour went on to criticise Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pointing to Australia’s protracted debate about LGBTQ students and staff in religious schools.
“Some responsibility rests with those of us who have opportunities to lead, whether in sport, in business, or like those of us in journalism with a voice…” said Wintour. “Like many of you, I have been alarmed by your Prime Minister’s record on LGBTQ rights, which seems backward in all senses. That no one can be expelled from school for their orientation should not require clarification. A government should protect its people and not make it unclear whether they will be accepted. We are struggling with these issues in the US too. Fortunately though, opportunities for leadership and change extend beyond the leaders of the moment. There are many different paths towards change, and all of us can make immediate strides.”
Anna Wintour sets the standard on how to be an LGBTQ ally.