New York was the place where it all started! June is #Pride month, which commemorates the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village and how LGBTQ individuals resisted discrimination and unified to make their voice heard. This month we’re celebrating some of the many individuals who are advancing the rights and representation of the LGBTQ community.
Sara Ramirez is a Mexican actress who has starred on Broadway and attended the Julliard School in New York. We recognize her for campaigning for LGBTQ rights as a member of the True Colors United board of directors, The Task Force, and the San Diego, New York, and San Francisco LGBT Centers. She has advocated for LGBTQ youth and many other support groups.
Tony Award winner, and red carpet slayer, Billy Porter, is a singer and actor, and advocate for the LGBTQ community. He uses his platform to speak out and shed light on LGBTQ issues. In the”State of the Union for the LGBTQ Community: ‘Our Best Days Are Ahead of Us’ Porter said, “as LGBTQ people, we face hate every day due to the simple fact of our existence, how do we fight this hate? With love. We must continue to demonstrate our love for each other. Love is strength, strength we must have to fight for our integrity and our very lives.”
Screenwriter, producer, and actor, Lena Waithe, is the first Black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. She is one of the many women disrupting Hollywood and using her influence and talent to shed light on LGBTQ issues.
Janet Mock is an author, television host, director, and transgender rights activist. She came out publicly in 2011 as a trans woman and openly shares her experiences as a transgender woman. She explores trans issues in her articles for Marie Claire, Elle, Huffington Post, and recent memoir, “Surpassing Certainty”.