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40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019

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By BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team

Our 2nd National Search

We asked again, and you answered again. From August to October 2018, the BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team conducted our second national search to identify young LGBTQ leaders across the country who are demonstrating exceptional leadership and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business.

Our Nomination Process

The nominations included a short narrative from the nominator, and nominees were invited to respond and confirm their participation. In early November, finalists were notified and our awards committee and editorial team were tasked with selecting 40 out, proud leaders from that list. This was a difficult decision as all of the nominees are worthy of recognition.

Class of 2019

In this special section, we introduce you to our 2019 class of 40 leaders who are thinking about tomorrow, who need our support and encouragement and, most importantly, who are representative of the young and amazing talent, innovation, passion and courage in the LGBTQ business equality community.

Inspired by their passion and determination, these stories and profiles are intended to help us recall what it feels like to be young and want to conquer the world. This is a nod to youth and a chance to reconnect with ideas and the kind of inspiration that fuels lifetimes. We must reach out to these individuals and to each other in the community. Cheer them on, lend a hand and open some doors. It’s all about building bridges and narrowing gaps between the young and not so young, throughout the community.

Combined with our inaugural list, these LGBTQ people represent a cross-section of young LGBTQ leaders across the country. Although not by design, we are proud that our list is ethnically, politically and racially diverse — with cisgender and non-binary individuals. Our list includes PhDs, elected officials, tech leaders, philanthropists, activists and more. The BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019 are changing our world NOW.

40 Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019

The BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2019  is brought to you by our friends at New York Life.


DISCLAIMER: Content included in these profiles is a compilation of publicly available information, nominee submissions and the recommendations from the readers of BEQ Pride magazine and visitors to the website. Although every attempt was made to verify the information presented, BEQ Pride does not guarantee the accuracy or completion of every fact shared. All participants were notified and have agreed to being included in this publication. The BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team are solely responsible for selection of finalists; our sponsors were not involved in the selection process. The Business Equality Network reserves the copyright to this list.

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