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In honor of #Stonewall50, @NBCOut’s #pride50 list celebrates 30 contemporary change-makers and rising stars, along with 20 veterans, of the LGBTQ rights movement.  http://Nbcnews.to/pride50  #Pride (1/31)

Rep. Sharice Davids is the first openly gay Native American woman elected to Congress and the first LGBTQ person Kansas has ever elected to federal office. #pride50 (2/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2WJqqfK 

Musician Brandi Carlile’s sixth and highest-charting studio album earned her 3 Grammy Awards this year, making her the first openly LGBTQ person to win in the Best Americana Album and Best American Roots performance categories. #pride50 (3/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2WGtN1S 

Lori Lightfoot made history in 2019 as the first LGBTQ and black female mayor of Chicago. #pride50 (4/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2KKupBw 

Bishop Karen Oliveto first felt her calling to God at age 11. Now, at 61, she’s celebrated as the first out lesbian to be elected bishop in the United Methodist Church. #pride50 (5/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2wWCDyl 

Tanya Saracho, show-runner for Starz show ‘Vida’, is dedicated to telling stories from an LGBTQ and Latinx perspective, placing queer actors, crew members and writers at the forefront. #pride50 (6/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2WL2OHo 

As an owner of the iconic Stonewall Inn, Stacy Lentz is preserving the LGBTQ community's history and working toward bettering its future. #pride50 (7/31) https://nbcnews.to/2WGtF2v 

Urooj Arshad, a queer Muslim immigrant woman, rarely saw people like herself represented in the LGBTQ community.

This inspired her involvement with organizations that work to help people like her hold on to all of their identities. #pride50 (8/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2Rhl45o 

Alysse Dalessandro's blog is a destination for fashion, travel and lifestyle content for the plus-size and LGBTQ communities.

To plus-size LGBTQ people who want to pursue a career in fashion, she says: “Don’t be afraid to stand out.” #pride50 (9/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XKbvyp 

After she was sexually assaulted her freshman year of college, Venkayla Haynes decided to advocate for survivors like herself. #pride50 (10/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2x4kheZ 

Comedian Ryan O’Connell is the creator, writer and star in the Netflix series ‘Special’ about a gay man with cerebral palsey. Based on his real-life experience, he hopes the show brings visibility to people with disabilities. #pride50 (11/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2IGyELG 

Growing up, Bowen Yang was an ‘SNL’ fanatic, but couldn’t see himself on the staff because he hadn’t previously seen many people who looked like him on the show.

His perception changed when he became a writer for the show in 2018. #pride50 (12/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2KhEbvt 

In 2018, soccer player Collin Martin came out as gay to the public via a social media post. He is the only openly gay man currently playing in any of the major US sports leagues. #pride50 (13/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2MNbKaJ 

Eric Marcus is keeping the legacy of LGBTQ icons alive with his ‘Making Gay History’ podcast, which excavates rare audio interviews from legendary LGBTQ figures. #pride50 (14/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2wSuJpD 

Demetre Daskalakis, deputy commissioner at the NYC Department of Health, transformed the city’s approach to combating the HIV epidemic. #pride50 (15/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2F6R8DZ 

The kindness of strangers helped Seth Owen realize his dream of attending Georgetown. Now, he's dedicated to giving back to others.

Owen created Unbroken Horizons, a scholarship for LGBTQ students with volatile home situations. #pride50 (16/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XcYn7W 

David Johns is dedicated to making the world a better place for the black LGBTQ community.

He serves as executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization empowering the black LGBTQ community. #pride50 (17/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2KPF6Tf 

Joshua Burford is the co-founder of the Invisible Histories Project, a historical archive that has collected a trove of history from LGBTQ Southerners. #pride50 (18/31)  https://nbcnews.to/31AQF6H 

To help the National Park Service attract more LGBTQ travelers, Mikah Meyer traveled across the US to visit all 419 national parks in 3 years. #pride50 (19/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2WFK9bf 

Jerry Mallicoat is the co-founder of Rainbow Elder Care, which provides advocacy, support and resources to the elder LGBTQ community. #pride50 (20/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XhB6Bu 

Toby Jenkins is the executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, an advocacy group that serves the LGBTQ community in his home state. #pride50 (21/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2IGrJlL 

Steven Canals is the co-creator and writer of FX’s award-winning drama, ‘Pose.’ #pride50 (22/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2Iez90q 

Amit Paley began volunteering at the Trevor Project in 2011. He is now the CEO and executive director of the national organization, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. #pride50 (23/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XPIGRc 

YouTuber and comedian Lilly Singh has been building an online audience for nearly a decade.

When ‘A Little Late With Lilly Singh’ premieres on NBC, she will be the first bisexual late-night host on television. #pride50 (24/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XcERbA 

Nicole Maines made history last fall by joining the cast of CW's ‘Supergirl’ as the first ever trans superhero on television. #pride50 (25/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2F9WRZX 

Patricio Manuel made boxing history in December, when he became the first transgender male to fight professionally in the US. #pride50 (26/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2FbcPmJ 

Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik is a graduate of West Point and Army Ranger school, a former infantry platoon leader, a physical therapist and a veteran of the Afghan war. She’s also a proud transgender woman. #pride50 (27/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2KQkBpK 

When school officials told Drew Adams he couldn’t use the boy’s bathroom because he is transgender, he and his supportive mother fought back. #pride50 (28/31)  https://nbcnews.to/31xWxhi 

Asia Kate Dillon, of Showtime's ‘Billions’, is the first non-binary actor with a starring role on American TV. #pride50 (29/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2Kn3Tia 

Through writing, performance art, event curation and public speaking, Alok Vaid-Menon advocates for transgender and gender-conforming communities.

“I feel a sense of obligation to reflect the reality of my community.” #pride50 (30/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2wUA1Rr 

Ivy Gibson-Hill founded the South Carolina-based nonprofit Gender Benders, an advocacy organization for transgender people in the southeastern US. #pride50 (31/31)  https://nbcnews.to/2XSgOfi 


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