What does LGBTQPOC brilliance look like? 


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To commemorate a dynamic year- and mark our relaunch- we wanted a bit of brilliance.  We looked for the folks who made a mark in 2018- builders, innovators, disrupters, strivers, shit-starters, and truth-tellers, the folks leading the way, holding the line, opening doors, and reaching back.  

This is not a definitive list or ranking. It is a collage of brilliant change-makers in varied fields, sectors, and parts of the country (and the world), those with national profiles, and, more importantly, and others who are quietly transforming our communities.  Some you already know of; all we should get to know. 


You will find many entries out of Urban&Out's core markets- but also exceptional and dynamic folks from across the country, and globe, and we hope, in all of them, taken together, you will see a reflection of LGBTQ communities of color at our most diverse, intersectional, idiosyncratic, and inspirational.  


The assassination of Marielle Franco on the night of March 14, 2018 mad

made her an international symbol of the persistent violence against women, LGBTQ people, and people of color in Brazil that she had spent her life fighting. A queer, black feminist, who grew up in favelas, Rio de Janeiro's  shantytowns, Franco was a singular voice.

Her career battling gender violence, police brutality,  and the racism and grinding poverty that disenfranchises Brazil's non-white majority made her a hero to marginalized groups and a target of the resurgent right-wing.  In national elections months after her murder, the right-wing returned to power, winning the Presidency; at the same time, a number of female black, and queer candidates also stepped forward to claim the space Franco had opened.



The moment Leo Varadkar became prime minister, or Toaiseach, of Ireland in mid-2017, his place in the country's long history was secured. 


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