The Future of Equality
Meet the 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2020
By BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team
The dawn of a new decade naturally invites reflecting on the past and prognosticating the future. What have we accomplished since 2010? What will our world look like in 2030? At BEQ Pride, every piece of content we produce is in service of our mission to achieve an equitable future. In our annual 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 special section, we shine the spotlight on the people we know will lead us into that future.
From August to October 2019, the BEQ Pride Awards Committee and the BEQ Pride Editorial team conducted our third national search to identify young LGBTQ leaders across the country who are demonstrating exceptional leadership and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business.
The nominations included a short narrative from the nominator, and nominees were invited to respond and confirm their participation. In early November, finalists were notified and our awards committee and editorial team were tasked with selecting 40 out, proud leaders from that list. This was a difficult decision as all of the nominees are worthy of recognition.
In this special section, we introduce you to our 2020 class of 40 leaders who are thinking about tomorrow, who need our support and encouragement and, most importantly, who are representative of the young and amazing talent, innovation, passion and courage in the LGBTQ business equality community.
We asked the Class of 2020 to share with us their predictions, hopes and dreams for what our world will look like in 2030. Their responses are as eye-opening as they are inspiring. As they envision a more equitable future, these 40 young people shine a spotlight on issues facing the LGBTQ community – and beyond. Taken together, this is a powerful insight into what is important to us now, at the beginning of the decade.
This is also a call to action for the rest of us. The BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 Class of 2020 is already making a difference and they are poised to do more. Here they tell us their hopes and dreams to improve our world locally, nationally and globally. How will we support them?