Michelle Birkett is a warrior. She is a champion and a tireless advocate of the LGBTQ community. She uses research to understand how hate and homophobia impact the health of LGBTQ people, and tries to intervene by building partnerships. What keeps her awake at night are the high rates of suicide, bullying, intimidation, and HIV problems that the LGBTQ community faces. It is only very recently and through her passion that this community is now receiving the active research attention it deserves to build solutions for a healthier and happier future.