The Future of Equality

BEQ Presents 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40

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We asked, and you responded. From August to November 2017, the BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team conducted a national search to identify young LGBTQ leaders across the country. We were very interested in understanding and engaging young movers and shakers in the LGBTQ Business Equality Community. We are delighted to announce we received well over 125 nominations of individuals who are demonstrating exceptional leadership and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business.

The nominations included a short narrative from the nominator, and nominees were invited to respond and confirm their participation. In mid-November, 59 amazing finalists were notified, and our awards committee and editorial team were tasked with selecting 40 out, proud leaders from our list of finalists.  This was a difficult decision as all of the nominees are worthy of recognition.

We’ve dedicated this special section to 40 leaders who are thinking about tomorrow, who need our support and encouragement and, most importantly, they are representative of the young and amazing talent, innovation, passion and courage in the LGBTQ business equality community. We were all young and passionate about our causes, and now that we are young at heart and still passionate, 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.

Our inaugural list represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to 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. Among our leaders are Atheists, Christians, Muslims and Jewish individuals from across the LGBTQ community. Our 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 are changing our world NOW.


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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.

Business Equality Pride (BEQPride) is the first publication from the BEQ family of national print and digital magazines exclusively addressing the needs of LGBTQ small-to-medium sized businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.