The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers

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Feroza Syed is an Atlanta realtor who chose to come out publicly via Facebook. To Syed’s surprise, her post was met with a kind of overwhelming support she did not expect due to the country’s current political climate. A political climate which Syed made her feel that she had to speak out that she is not only a trans-woman, but also the daughter of immigrants.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Feroza Syed

Feroza Syed is an Atlanta realtor who chose to come out publicly via Facebook. To Syed’s surprise, her post was met with a kind of overwhelming support she did not expect due to the country’s current political climate. A political climate which Syed made her feel that she had to speak out that she is not only a trans-woman, but also the daughter of immigrants.

Geena Rocero is a transgender model and activist whose TED Talk about coming out garnered a lot of attention. Since then, Rocero has made numerous television and magazine appearances to discuss her realites as a transgender, Filipino-American woman as well as encourage other members of the LGBTQ community to not be afraid of who they are.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero is a transgender model and activist whose TED Talk about coming out garnered a lot of attention. Since then, Rocero has made numerous television and magazine appearances to discuss her realites as a transgender, Filipino-American woman as well as encourage other members of the LGBTQ community to not be afraid of who they are.

Janet Mock is a writer and activist who was catapulted into the spotlight when her first book “Realness Redefined” garnered popularity for being one of the few memoirs documenting the experiences of a young trans-woman. “Realness Redefined” found its way to the New York Times Bestsellers List and gave Mock the opportunity to be interviewed by Oprah for Super Soul Sunday.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer and activist who was catapulted into the spotlight when her first book “Realness Redefined” garnered popularity for being one of the few memoirs documenting the experiences of a young trans-woman. “Realness Redefined” found its way to the New York Times Bestsellers List and gave Mock the opportunity to be interviewed by Oprah for Super Soul Sunday.

Laverne Cox is an actress best known for her role on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. In addition to Cox being an openly transgender woman and LGBTQ advocate in real life, she plays a transgender character on the show. The mainstream representation brought about by Cox’s various television and magazine appearances has educated many people about transgender women.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an actress best known for her role on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. In addition to Cox being an openly transgender woman and LGBTQ advocate in real life, she plays a transgender character on the show. The mainstream representation brought about by Cox’s various television and magazine appearances has educated many people about transgender women.

Lydia Polgreen, most notable for her former role as editorial director for The New York Times’ NYT Global as well as her current position as editor-in-chief of HuffPost, is a journalist whose work has been highlighted by her marginalization, but not defined by it. Her time as West Africa Bureau Chief at The New York Times from 2005-2009 proved Polygreen to be a talented international journalist.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Lydia Polgreen

Lydia Polgreen, most notable for her former role as editorial director for The New York Times’ NYT Global as well as her current position as editor-in-chief of HuffPost, is a journalist whose work has been highlighted by her marginalization, but not defined by it. Her time as West Africa Bureau Chief at The New York Times from 2005-2009 proved Polygreen to be a talented international journalist.

Lena Waithe is an actress, producer and screenwriter, best known for her work on the Netflix series Master of None and recently for her cameos on the Netflix series Dear White People. In 2017, she became the first black woman to be nominated for as well as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe is an actress, producer and screenwriter, best known for her work on the Netflix series Master of None and recently for her cameos on the Netflix series Dear White People. In 2017, she became the first black woman to be nominated for as well as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None.

Nneka Onuorah is a producer, director and activists whose work has shed light on the plights and triumphs of life as a black lesbian woman. Her documentary, “The Same Difference” won the GLAAD Best Documentary award in 2017. Her most recent project is a documentary for Netflix entitled “My House” which explores black vogue culture.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Nneka Onuorah

Nneka Onuorah is a producer, director and activists whose work has shed light on the plights and triumphs of life as a black lesbian woman. Her documentary, “The Same Difference” won the GLAAD Best Documentary award in 2017. Her most recent project is a documentary for Netflix entitled “My House” which explores black vogue culture.

Roxane Gay is an educator and award-winning writer. Gay has uses her platform to be a voice for the often overlooked intersection of queer black women. Her 2014 New York Times Bestseller “Bad Feminist” is a collection of essays in which Gay explores her personal brand of feminism. This, as well as her cultural commentary The New York Times and work on Marvel’s “World of Wakanda” have given Gay the reputation of being a writer with a lot to say and colorful way of saying it.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an educator and award-winning writer. Gay has uses her platform to be a voice for the often overlooked intersection of queer black women. Her 2014 New York Times Bestseller “Bad Feminist” is a collection of essays in which Gay explores her personal brand of feminism. This, as well as her cultural commentary The New York Times and work on Marvel’s “World of Wakanda” have given Gay the reputation of being a writer with a lot to say and colorful way of saying it.

Robin Roberts is a familiar face to America as the longstanding co-anchor of Good Morning America. Her career began at ESPN where she appeared on Sports Center while occasionally contributing on Good Morning America. Roberts’ importance to her fans was evident in 2011 when she to undergo treatment for a blood disorder causing her to take a two year hiatus from her position of Good Morning America. When she did return, though, the experience was emotional for both the show’s staff and viewers.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is a familiar face to America as the longstanding co-anchor of Good Morning America. Her career began at ESPN where she appeared on Sports Center while occasionally contributing on Good Morning America. Roberts’ importance to her fans was evident in 2011 when she to undergo treatment for a blood disorder causing her to take a two year hiatus from her position of Good Morning America. When she did return, though, the experience was emotional for both the show’s staff and viewers.

Andrea Jenkins is the first openly transgender black woman to be elected into U.S. office. Jenkins won this title in November 2017 when she was elected to Minneapolis City Council. Jenkins is a los a poet, activist and historial whose work tends to focus on civil engagement and social movements. One of her biggest projects thus far has been curating the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is the first openly transgender black woman to be elected into U.S. office. Jenkins won this title in November 2017 when she was elected to Minneapolis City Council. Jenkins is a los a poet, activist and historial whose work tends to focus on civil engagement and social movements. One of her biggest projects thus far has been curating the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota.

Arlan Hamilton is the visionary behind and founder of Crew, a venture capital fund that assists tech startups founded by people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Since its founding in 2015, Crew has invested in over 80 companies. Additionally she founded the magazine, INTERLUDE, and serves as tour manager for recording Atlantic artist, Janine.
The List: 11 ‘Prideful’ LGBTQ Industry Trailblazers
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Arlan Hamilton is the visionary behind and founder of Crew, a venture capital fund that assists tech startups founded by people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Since its founding in 2015, Crew has invested in over 80 companies. Additionally she founded the magazine, INTERLUDE, and serves as tour manager for recording Atlantic artist, Janine.

This Pride Month, Walker’s Legacy is celebrating LGBTQ women making an impact in their respective industries. From communications, to real estate, queer women are paving the way as pioneers in their industry by succeeding professionally and serving as the representation necessary to inspire others.

Read more about these 11 women paving the way in their respective industries.

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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