In honor of Pride Month, we’re showcasing inspiring words from LGBTQ+ leaders, creators, and advocates. Add a little color to your feed with these Spark Post templates. Remix to make them your own and highlight your own LGBTQ hero.
Lena Waithe, Emmy Award Winning Writer
Lena Waithe made history in 2017 as the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award for comedy writing. The Master of None writer and actor used her acceptance speech to talk directly to her “LBGTQIA family,” encouraging them to “go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”
Jason Collins, NBA Center
Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete on an American sports team who wrote about his coming out story for Sports Illustrated in 2013.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
Though many of his coworkers were aware of Cook’s sexual orientation, he didn’t discuss his sexuality with the public until he penned a 2014 article for Bloomberg, saying he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King to come out publicly. “I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important.” Since then Cook has used his platform to take public stands on many LGBTQIA issues, making it part of his leadership style.
Janet Mock, Writer, TV host, Transgender Activist
Mock’s debut memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More became a New York Times Best Seller and offers a raw, personal look at her transition from male to female. Read more about how Mock is the public example for trans living she never had growing up in her interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Abby Wambach, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist
A six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award, Wambach was a regular on the U.S. women’s national soccer team from 2003 to 2015. Read her entire inspiring speech championing equal pay for women she delivered at Barnard’s commencement.
Danica Roem, American journalist and politician
Roem is the first openly transgender person to serve on any U.S. state legislature. She defeated her vocal transphobic opponent in 2018 with 54% of the vote. Get her tips for winning elections over at Jezebel.
Kate Mckinnon, Actress
Kate McKinnon is one of two openly gay cast members in Saturday Night Live’s 150-year history—and her spot-on impressions of everyone from Ellen Degenerous to Justin Bieber to Hilary Clinton obviously make her MVP. Catch this piece of wisdom and many others on Buzzfeed, where she’s interviewed while playing with puppies. There is literally nothing better.
Laverne Cox, Actress, LGBTQIA Advocate
Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in the acting category for her role as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” Read her entire powerful speech she delivered at Beautycon calling for transgender rights and empowerment.
Ronan Farrow, Journalist
Farrow was honored recently by LGBTQ scholarship fund The Point Foundation for his impactful work as a reporter. Not only did Farrow’s series for The New Yorker break the story of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, but he has contributed groundbreaking reporting for NBC on transgender issues. He used his acceptance speech to come out as part of the LGBTQ community.
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