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Leaders Under 40 Class of 2023

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40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2023

By BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team

On behalf of our BEQ Pride Editorial team and the Awards Committee, we proudly announce the sixth annual BEQ Pride list of LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. The Class of 2023 adds 20 new leaders to our distinguished group of 208 young leaders from North America.


Our task each year is to identify young LGBTQ+/SGL leaders who unequivocally stand up and out in their truth and demonstrate exceptional leadership in government, corporate, academia, non-profit and small business. Each honoree has taken bold steps toward equitable futures for themselves and others. BEQ Pride LGBTQ+ Class of 2023 Leaders are fully living in the moment, lovingly investing in the community, with their hearts aligned with a better tomorrow. Our BEQ team is paying a debt of gratitude by investing our resources, platforms and connections to showcase their genius and commitment to society.


Our 6th cohort includes elected officials, educators, business owners, activists, executives, investors, lawyers, writers, creatives, a labor union president and more. Each finalist shares who or what inspires their leadership purpose and why.


Their responses express a profound desire to lift the marginalized, the underserved, the overlooked, and the underrepresented. Their collective talent, skills, passion and innovative thinking are required to create a more equal and just world. Looking at this cohort, we see reasons to be hopeful about the future.


Their responses and pictures are presented on the following pages and brief biographies will be posted at in the coming days. Stay tuned for follow-up interviews, opportunities to engage their brilliance and the chance to support their causes throughout 2023.


We are energized by and committed to the future of the LGBTQ+ business equality community. As you peruse the list and become acquainted with these leaders, we encourage you to think of ways to support them. If we can facilitate a connection, we will. Let us know your thoughts!



The BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 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 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 agreed to be included in this publication. Public figures are noted. The BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team are solely responsible for the 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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