The Future of Equality

Forty LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2022

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By BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team

On behalf of our BEQ Pride Editorial and the Awards Committee, we are proud to announce the fifth annual BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 list. The Class of 2022 reflects the best and brightest leaders from across North America.

Once again we conducted a search to identify young LGBTQ+/SGL leaders who unequivocally stand up and out in their truth; who demonstrate exceptional leadership while making significant contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business.

Each honoree has taken bold steps toward equitable futures for themselves and others. BEQ Pride LGBTQ+ Class of 2022 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 forward by investing our resources, platforms and connections to showcase their genius and commitment to society.

Our fifth cohort includes elected officials, educators, business owners, activists, executives, photographers, an urban planner, a stylist, a meteorologist, a research scientist, an award-winning playwright and more. Each of our finalists was asked to provide inspirational words or a response to this prompt:

“What do you believe is your responsibility to this moment in history?”

To a person, their responses express a profound desire to lift up the marginalized, the underserved, the overlooked, the underrepresented. Their collective talent, skills, passion and innovative thinking are bent toward the goal of creating a more equal, just world. When we look at this cohort, we see reasons to be hopeful about the future with so many brave and capable people taking the lead.

Their responses, brief biographies and pictures are presented here. Stay tuned for follow-up interviews, opportunities to engage their brilliance and the chance to support their causes throughout 2022.

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 you can support them. If we can facilitate a connection we will. Let us know your thoughts!


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 have agreed to be included in this publication. 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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