BEQ Pride Awards and Recognition

The BEQPride Editorial Board and our Awards Review Committee will select outstanding LGBTQ and Allied individuals, business owners and corporations that exhibit the tenets of business equality and support the economic empowerment of diverse communities. Annual awards will be given beginning 2017 in the following areas:

  • BEQPride Trailblazer Award – small or medium LGBTQ business enterprise that has blazed new trails in innovation, partnership, philanthropy, or supplier diversity.


  • BEQPride LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award – an annual list of companies devoted to diversity in the workplace, marketplace, supply chain and philanthropy. These organizations foster economic stability in the LGBTQ community through the fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ employees, suppliers, consumers, and partners in business.


  • BEQPride Corporate Eminence Award – This award is open to our Excellence Awardees ONLY.  The BEQ Pride LGBTQ Corporate Eminence award is a designation of distinction for one of our LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Awardees in their outstanding efforts to include the LGBTQ business community.  Application period opens April 2, 2018.  Applications are due May 15, 2018. 


  • BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 – This is special recognition of young movers and shakers in the LGBTQ community.  This prestigious list honors leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated their exceptional leadership capabilities and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business.   Nominations for 2018 List will open August 15, 2018 and close October 12, 2018. To nominate an LGBTQ Leader Under 40 click here.
    • 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40  RULES OF ENTRY
      1. Please ensure you have completed all of the fields on the nomination form in a truthful manner. All submissions must be made online.
      2. Submitting a nomination does not guarantee a place on the 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 list.
      3. You may nominate as many different people as you like.
      4. The number of nominations a nominee receives will not affect rankings. A nominee will only be entered into the judging process once.
      5. The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th October 2018 and any nominations received after this date will not be accepted.
      6. The BEQ Awards Committee and Editorial Board decision is final.
      7. All nominees must supply contact details, including email address, a short narrative and accept the nomination in order to be considered.
      8. BEQ Pride will contact all finalists to secure additional information and high-resolution pictures for publication.
      9. Nominees must be over 18 years of age (or have parental or guardian permission).
      10. 2018 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 or Next Gen Pioneers for 2018 are not eligible.

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