Ebony has released a list of 10 rising stars in the Black LGBT community, and GLAAD followers will recognize several names on the list. GLAAD's own Senior Strategist, Tiq Milan was included on this year's list for his advocacy for transgender people, people of color, and youth.
Milan has been a part of many important social awareness campaigns such as Live Out Loud’s Homecoming Project, LGBT Funders Men and Boys of Color Initiative and GLAAD’S Spirit Day. Alongside Laverne Cox, Milan recently appeared on The Katie Show to discuss issues that the transgender community faces. The transgender advocate and journalist is currently the Senior Media Strategist for National News at GLAAD.
Also included on the list:
Laverne Cox, who was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in May
Wade Davis, former NFL player and Executive Director of You Can Play
Big Freedia, "Queen of Bounce," who earned a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program
Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, the creator of TransH*ck and the GLAAD Media Award nominated and Black Weblog Award-winning blog, blac(k) ademic
Tona Brown, violinist and vocalist who has perfomed for President Obama and more recently at Carnegie Hall
WNBA star Brittney Griner
Writer, commentator, and advocate Janet Mock
Out NFL draft pick, Michael Sam, defensive end for the St. Louis Rams
Openly gay hip-hop star Siya
Congratulations to Tiq and all the Black LGBT trailblazers! Check out the bios on each at Ebony.com.