Inspired? This page will feature prominent leaders in society that embody unapologetic nature. Nominate someone in the comments, and likes count as votes! New people will be featured monthly; if enough votes come, *two* may be featured in one month!
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Janelle Monáe , American Singer/Songwriter Instagram: @janellemonae Twitter: @janellemonae Janelle’s feirce singing career pushes on, as her latest album “Dirty Computer” featured as #6 on the billboard 200, and recieved awards from the Associated Press, NPR and the New York Times as the #1 best album of 2018. Among being in various films like Moonlight. Rio 2, Hidden Figures and more, she consistently advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and lives her truth as a proud pansexual black woman. PC: WIkimedia Commons
Chella Man, Artist/Actvist/Model Instagram: @chellaman Chella Man is a trans, deaf and jewish artist who uses his platform to advocate for the education between the queer, trans, and disabled communities. He is scheduled to play the mute superhero Jericho in the second season of DC’s Titans. Chella Man uses his platform to uplift the communities he is part of by offering visibility and funding to fellow community members. An example would be the video he commissioned by queer illustrator Emma Magsamen for his partner about the night they met. PC: Wikimedia Commons/Wikipedia
Kat Blaque , Youtuber, Illustrator, Writer, Animator: *no photos were able to be pasted due to copyright, please click the link for a photo* Instagram: @kat_blaque Twitter: @kat_blaque Bio
“I’m a woman, I’m black, I’m curvy and I’m trans. There are a lot of things that I deal with. When I talk about those things, I am literally talking about my embodiment of these intersections.”
Hailey Kyoko, Singer/Songwriter/Actress Instagram: Bio (per wikipedia.com): “American singer, songwriter, and actress. Beginning dance lessons as a child, Kiyoko’s interest in entertaining led to her working as a child model and actress. She appeared in a variety of films including film series (2009–10), Scooby-Doo! (2011), Lemonade Mouth (2012), Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2015), and Jem and the Holograms (2016). Alongside her film roles, she also held a recurring role in the TV series XOXO (2014) and a lead role on The Fosters (2015–16) and CSI: Cyber (2018).” Five Points PC: Flickr
Doctor Jon Paul, Writer/Speaker/Storyteller Instagram: @Doctorjonpaul Twitter: @doctorjonpaul Bio (per www.doctorjonpaul.com): “Dr. Higgins is a speaker, writer, and social justice educator who focuses on issues related to gender, race, and media. Named Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 LGBTQ Under 40” in 2019, they have been featured on sites like NBC News, Buzzfeed, Vox, and Attn: and gave the first TEDx Talk on unlearned fear and reclaiming personal power in 2017. This led them to write their first op-ed piece for Splinter, which led them to write for other platforms including Out Magazine, Them, SyfyWire, The Root, The Daily Dot, Shadow & Act, Slate, Essence, MTV News and more. Dr. Higgins is committed to using their voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and LGBTQ community. In September of 2016, they launched a YouTube channel where they post weekly videos about race and identity issues and began sharing pieces of their a mini-documentary highlighting stories related to their life as a queer Black non-binary person growing up in the inner city of San Bernardino. Their mini-documentary also covers their journey to receiving their doctoral degree. They have spoken at multiple universities including Williams and Mary, James Madison University, Oneonta State, Northeastern, Louisville State University and the University of Oregon, just to name a few. They recently served as ACPA’s closing speaker for the 2018 national conference and continue to lecture at universities nationally. They have consulted with large sized universities, including Purdue University, to restructure their Safe Zone program and continue to work with local organizations to educate others on the needs of queer, trans people of color. They work closely with Campus Pride as the Curriculum Instruction Coordinator and serves locally on the Inland Regional Equality Network. Dr. Higgins was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. They also hold a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and were inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society. In the past, they have also served in several prestigious writing fellowships including Lambda Literary, Maynard and The Poynter Institute. Dr. Higgins completed their Educational Doctorate of Leadership in Justice from the University of Redlands where they wrote their dissertation on the first year experiences of queer men of color in higher education. “ Find links to their TedX Talk, youtube channel, and other speaking engagements at http://www.doctorjonpaul.com PC: Doctor Jon Paul