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In the same 12 month period, professional car driver Richard Hammond managed to anger the LGBT+ community in two ridiculous ways.

The first was at the end of 2016, when he revealed that his heterosexuality meant that he couldn't enjoy one of life's great pleasures. "It's alright, I don't eat ice cream," he cooed rather confusingly in response to Jeremy Clarkson discussing the inability to eat a Magnum in a Volvo.

It's something to do with being straight. 

Ice cream is a bit – you know. There’s nothing wrong with it, but a grown man eating an ice cream – it’s that way, rather than that way…

No, we're not sure what he meant either.

But less than a year later, right at the beginning of December 2017, he tried to clarify his comments.

“It may be because I live in a hideously safe and contained middle-class world, where a person’s sexuality is not an issue," he said in an interview with The Sunday Times, "but when I hear of people in the media coming out, I think, why do they even feel the need to mention it?”

Well Richard, we're glad you asked!

So maybe, just maybe, it's important for people who come out in the media to shout about it, be proud about it and be a visible beacon of strength for those who aren't white, straight or cisgender.

Of course, a great many LGBT+ people are defining their community every single day of their lives, but we've picked nine groups and individuals whose work and contributions this year have inspired.

Of course, we know there are many, many more, so we encourage you to reflect and look back on your own personal LGBT+ heroes from 2017.

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