Sex-Positive People That Everyone Should Know About

by Vicky

on Nov 3, 2019

Sex Positive People

Consider yourself sexually empowered or 'bold as brass'? In alignment with your erotic authienticity? Or do you struggle with low sexual esteem? Meet a few remarkable folk past and present who've blazed the trail for self expression, self love and badass sexual empowerment.

The rise to power of sex-positive celebrities and professionals has seen social media as a prominent platform to promote and celebrate sexual expression, responsibility and diversity. Taboos and misconceptions are constantly being blown out of the water.

However, let’s not forget the journey that this rise in sexual awareness, gender-diversity and the warm gooey embrace of sexual expression and body positivity has been on, and continues to pursue.

Here are 5 sex-positive game-changers from the media and throughout history who've rejected and challenged sexual stereotypes and assumptions, bravely obliterating anything standing in the way of their magnificent sexual selves. These champions have fought for the right for us to ‘cum as we are’...

Raquel Savage

Raquel Savage is a Miami-based sex therapist, trauma coach, podcast host and sexual educator. She is on a mission to embolden women and free them from the shaming stigmas that exist around sex and sexuality.

Continuing the legacy of her extraordinary grandmother, a fearless and rebellious preacher's wife who became a qualified sexuality educator, for Raquel, liberation and social justice runs deep through her veins.

In her podcast #TheSavageLife Raquel uses humour and openness to talk about what many might consider taboo subjects. Raquel is a radical who dares to exist outside of the limits the world has created for her, damning 'whorephobia' and championing consenting subversion and a healthy mental attitude towards sex.


At the core of sex-positivity lies self-love and that's exactly what Minnesota-born singer/musician Lizzo is all about.

Now a mega pop sensation, Lizzo’s third studio album 'Cuz I Love You' was released in April 2019 and reinforces her body positive message that constantly reminds women not to be defined by others, that you don’t need to be married and thin to be a damn sexy bitch and werk it in today’s society.

Lizzo says of her gender and sexuality that she 'doesn't ascribe to just one thing' A firm LGBTQ+ advocate, her 2018 song 'Boys'  is an anthem for "the playboys and the gay boys".

Lizzo is a full-on inspirational force of female power and inclusivity, with massive fan base. Whether she's empowering you to be your finest, best self in her power anthem 'Good As Hell' or twerking her ‘fine ass’ on Instagram. Lizzo is a self proclaimed goddess who demands to be worshipped.

Marsha P. Johnson

Born in New Jersey in 1945, Marsha P. Johnson was a pioneering African American trans-woman who co-founded Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in New York’s Greenwich Village, providing support and shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ folks.

Marsha was a central figure in the Stonewall riots of 1969, where members of the LGBT community rose up in violent protest against police raids on the bar of the same name in New York. The riots are widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement (which organised the first Pride marches) in the United States.

Marsha's body was found in the Hudson River in 1992 in what was ruled a suicide, while friends insisted it was murder. Check out the trailer for the Netflix movie 'The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson'.

Women of the world have a lot to thank this orgasm-obsessed sexologist for. Born in America in 1934, Dr Beverley Whipple coined the term G-spot (surely 'The Whipple spot' was in the running?), and presented the very first paper in which the term was used. This led to her being given the unofficial title 'Inventor of the G-Spot.'

Whipple's concern with women's health issues and the sexual physiology of women involved her researching the 'Orgasmic Expulsions of Fluid in the Sexually Stimulated Female'. This then progressed to her 'discovery' of the G-spot a year later and the publication of her co-authored international best-selling book, 'The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality'.

Devoting much of her career to female sexuality, Whipple also studied 'psychosocially-stimulated orgasms' to enable women with spinal cord injuries to still 'get off'. A pioneering feat back in 1984!

Grace Victory

The 29-year-old award-winning vlogger and author from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is an inspiration to millions. Grace Victory has been hailed as the ''Internet's big sister'' by her adoring fans having experienced domestic abuse, sexual assault and eating disordersand tackling them head on in her honest, hard-hitting youtube channel.

Grace is a firm advocate of positive body image, having suffered crippling body confidence issues, and discusses everything to do with sex, mental health & self love in her videos. Nothing is too weird, shameful or embarrassing. Her blog To The Fat Girl In The Bikini is inspiring.

Grace is currently loved-up with her new boyfriend and has been vlogging on subjects such as Body Confidence In the Bedroom.

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Written by Vicky. Lovehoney Editorial Team
Vicky is Lovehoney's Agony Aunt, giving you advice on all things sex and relationships.
An avid global trotter and experienced Generation Xer, Vicky also pens blogs on everything from fabulously fearless LGBTQ+ warriors, to body positivity and the ins and outs of Tantra.

Originally published on Nov 3, 2019. Updated on Aug 5, 2020