Top 5 LGBT+ Speakers of 2021
LGBT+ speakers are pushing the boundaries of conventionality to help spread empowering and moving messages in many ways. Here is a list of some of the top LGBT+ speakers that have made a lasting impact on their audiences and continue to do so!
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Co-captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team and 2 time FIFA world cup champion, Megan Rapinoe, is not just a leader on the field but also in advocating for equal rights. Rapinoe centers her motivating and inspiring speeches on key issues such as gender equality and equal pay. She conveys the message of spreading love which is reflected by her and her team’s efforts to seek equality within their own professional field. Rapinoe’s speech at the US World Cup Parade has resonated with many and showcases her overarching message.
Colin Jackson is an Olympic medallist and a world record-breaking hurdler who uses his personal experiences as part of the LGBT+ community and the pressure he felt to come out in order to advocate for inclusive environments in corporate settings. He has gained popularity for his sports commentary on BBC’s Raise Your Game. He primarily aims to promote inclusivity in all facets of life, but especially in the workplace, be it the sports industry or corporate industry.
With his outrageously comedic take on exploring his experience as a gay Jewish man in Hollywood, Jason Stuart is an outstanding speaker and stand-up lecturer. The hardships endured throughout his youth, his difficult family life, and the ways he overcame said hardships all work together in showcasing the depth of his story. Additionally, his personal experiences allow him to translate his key goal to build up the morale of LGBT+ youth and support them.
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Margaret Cho’s ability to speak in a candid fashion with an emphasis on her views about gay rights, sexuality, bullying, politics, and family dynamics makes her one of the top LGBT+ speakers. Cho is an outstandingly accomplished actor, performer, and author in addition to being a stellar stand-up speaker. The five-time Grammy-nominated speaker works tirelessly to spread the message of kindness, especially through her charitable work and speeches.
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Dominque Jackson is a transgender woman who utilizes an interactive approach to appeal to her audience. Her struggles with homelessness, family rejection, and more work illustrate Jackson’s challenging climb to the top against all odds. She uses her personal experiences to shed light on issues within the transgender community and inspire her audience to become activists and allies for the transgender and LGBT+ community.